Yago Colás teaches basketball, literature, and philosophy as equipment for living at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the Cultures of Basketball Course Diary, and is currently writing the book Loving the Art of the Game: A Guide to Freeing the Life in Basketball. He is on Twitter @yagocolas, and his blog, Between the Lines, can be found at yagocolas.com.
Manu Ginobili seems, almost always, to be playing out of control. He is, but only because he knows what it does to those tasked with trying to figure out what he's doing, and stop him from doing it.
Ray Allen's brilliance is built on what seems like a simple act of repetition: the same perfect shot, taken and made over and over, for years. But while that's at the center of what makes Allen great, it's not just that. It's a lot more than that.
There's a musical about James Naismith inventing basketball, and it's just about as weird as it sounds. It's also redundant, given how much basketball already works like music.
Jimmy King's Fab Five days were more than half a lifetime ago, but he and his team have stuck around in the collective college basketball memory, and still have some lessons to teach.