January 25, 2014
It is beautiful to watch the mastery of any tactician and artist optimizing their talent in the act of delivering their work. The ability to use physical strength, physics using speed and force to place a cylindrical object (basketball) in a target, the basket using arc and angle is complex.
We can often watch an activity without considering the complexity that delivers the successes. The physics of basketball involves acceleration, force, gravity, drag and the physical mass of the player plus resistance from others making each action a work of beauty and science. Further, the work is performed within an ecosystem and constructed environment. This environment is defined by the NBA, teams, players, fans and market forces. Further, the environment is constructed by the court which is 94 feet by 50 ft (28.65m by 15.24m) under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules. All work is constrained by its environmental conditions; therefore, all work is defined and flourishes by that environment.
Now view “Carmelo Anthony leads all scorers with a stunning 37-point first-half performance, including this shot from near halfcourt at the buzzer to end the half,” reported in the article “Knicks finding their groove vs Bobcats with Melo’s 37 points and a Jeremy Tyler alley-oop” by SB Nation.
What a wow!