Amar’e Stoudemire Tells the Small Ball Revolution Amar’e Stoudemire Tells the Small Ball Revolution. Although they never won the title, the Mike d’Antoni profoundly revolutionized the NBA.

Almost fifteen years after their implementation, in the fall of 2004, the impact of this training is more than ever present in almost all teams of the league. One of the genius shots of the current Rockets coach was to use Amar’e Stoudemire at the pivot position, to offer more speed to his team. With this steady pace, the interior has wreaked havoc.

Yet at first it was really not hot to go and rub the mastodons of the rackets.

“At the time, it was a bit of a waste,” he concedes. “I didn’t want to play pivot. I thought I was a strong natural winger so I would regress if I went to the pivot post. It was going to make me robotic – that’s what I thought. Then the coaches know more about basketball than the players. They study more than we do. »

Powerful and athletic, Amar’e Stoudemire took advantage of his speed and mobility to dominate the pivots of the time. His agreement with Steve Nash was perfect.

“When I passed pivot, I realized that I could continue to use my qualities against too slow players to defend on me. Then Shawn Marion became a strong wing man. We turned these two positions and the league didn’t know how to handle it. We were earning 20 or 30 points because no one understood what was going on. Now the league has got it all figured out. »

“The Warriors practice this sport as Dr. James Naismith Wanted”
The revolution is then in motion.

“We became basketball players, more posts. When they asked me, or Marion, what were our positions, we said we were a basketball player. Certainly I am not a leader who can pass as Nash, but I can do actions that can increase the level of the team. I am not one-dimensional and our team thought so: the posts were interchangeable. That’s how we brought this new era into basketball. »

The “run-and-gun” of the Suns will spread its fragrance throughout the league and today the Warriors are the best symbol of this evolution. With more shoot, more speed, more pace, champions 2015, 2017 and 2018 have brought this philosophy to an even higher level.

“Just look at teams like the Warriors. They are practicing this sport as Dr. James Naismith wanted, says the former Knicks player. “The ball moves, the players cut, there are screens in the back, communication, everyone can play in several positions. Basketball is made of movement, like poetry in motion. When you move well, it’s beautiful to look at. The game becomes so lately, there is less isolation, less ‘ me, me, me ‘ more ‘ us ‘, ‘ we ‘, ‘ us ‘. »

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