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Nba Ewing Theory

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A very basic personal interpretation of my understanding of the Ewing theory

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Nba Ewing Theory

  1. 1. The Ewing Theory & why I spend too many nights watching NBA games as a teenager
  2. 2. NBA in the 90s
  3. 3. Michael Jordan The G.O.A.T.
  4. 4. Barcelona Dream Team The Greatest Team Ever
  5. 5. But also a lot of challengers
  6. 6. DETROIT PISTONS / THE BAD BOYS
  7. 7. CHARLES BARKLEY / PHOENIX SUNS
  8. 8. KARL MALONE & JOHN STOCKTON / UTAH JAZZ
  9. 9. Reggie MILLER / INDIANA PACERS
  10. 10. NEW YORK KNICKS / THE BLUE COLLARS
  11. 11. Patrick Ewing NYC Superstar in 80s / 90s Face of the Knicks for 19 years MJ23 Arch enemy for 18 years NCAA (Georgetown vs UNC) NBA (Chicago vs NY) Never Won any major title
  12. 12. 1999 Michael Jordan retires Knicks are struggling (8th seed in the east) Upset in 1st round (beat Miami 1st seed at the last second) ... Ewing gets injures (Achilles)
  13. 13. KNICKS ARE GOING IN NBA FINALS
  14. 14. ● They had to play faster ● They had to get the ball moving ● They had to share more responsibilities ● They had to get resilient ...
  15. 15. And as we are in the land of sport- entertainment, Media tried to characterize this behaviour. ESPN came with a new theory
  16. 16. The Ewing Theory
  17. 17. A star athlete receives an inordinate amount of media attention and fan interest. And yet his teams never win anything substantial with him (other than maybe some early-round playoff series).
  18. 18. That same athlete leaves his team (either by injury, trade, graduation, free agency or retirement). And both the media and fans immediately write off the team for the following season.
  19. 19. POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS
  20. 20. Possible Explanations - Short term - Psychological effect - Playing harder, more motivation, sharing responsibilities - Dominant big man paradox - The Braess Effect: “offense” network becomes re- routed: team closer to its true global optimum - Pattern happened a lot in US sportds
  21. 21. How did it change the game?
  22. 22. In the last 18 years - “Small-ball”, much more paced tempo - More interchangeable positions - Less dominant big man that before - More multi-superstar teams - More passing around - (Much) Less rough than before
  23. 23. More photos for the fun
  24. 24. FURTHER READING ● The original ESPN Article ● Ewing Theory Revisited (2013) ● Braess Paradox and the Ewing Theory ● The Ewing Theory needs a new name

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