Sunday, October 09, 2005
Players: Playground taxonomies
It appears that one of the biggest cliches in pick-up basketball writing is the taxonomy of playground ballers. In fact, I remember writing one for Sister Eustacia's English class in ninth grade. An earlier post mentioned the The Spaz, The Fat Kid Who Stands at the Three-Point Line All Game, and The Guy Who Calls a Foul No Matter What. There have also been posts and comments on the Ballhog, the Coach, and the Big Mean Guy.
The following links offer detailed taxonomies. None are great, but they give a sense of the genre.
For profiles of the Shit Shot Artist, the Quick Whistle and the Labrador Retriever click here.
For the Rocket Arm and the Kung Fu Master, click here.
And for a discussion of which NBA players fit which types, including Reggie Miller as the Guy Who Calls Too Many Fouls, and Jon Barry as the Guy Who Just Bought an And 1 Mixtape, click here.
Add your own types below.