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Shallow Higgins an NBA neophyte

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In his article of Friday, May 27, Orville Higgins wrote: "At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, one-on-one matchups are overrated in basketball." Well, Mr Higgins, you took the risk and you have succeeded. You have proven beyond reasonable doubt that you are a complete idiot.

Exploiting matchups is a key component of basketball strategy. That's why they run particular plays for particular players.

It is why they set picks and create screens. Based on your comments, however, I don't think you understand those concepts.

Coaches draw up plays to exploit matchups. That is basic basketball.

The problem with Mr Higgins is that he does not know that he does not know. And he who knows not that he knows not is a fool.

Each time he decides to spew his nonsense on the radio or in this medium, remember that there are those of us here who lived and went to school in the USA and have an intimate knowledge of the game.

He claims that basketball coaches won't come on his radio show. But there is a perfectly good reason why they won't. How could any basketball coach have a good conversation with this self-indulgent basketball neophyte?

By the way, Mr Higgins, when Golden State went to zone defence last Thursday night, did you think that was random? I'm not sure you would recognise that change anyway. But it was simply because Kevin Durant (K.D.) was torching anyone they put on him one-on-one. K.D. is a matchup nightmare for the Warriors.

EVEROL SMITH

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