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Boxing Out, The Lost Art (Red's Army)

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Very nice blog post here from Red's Army on boxing out.

Schwan: NBA stands for No Box-out Association - RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Boston Celtics Fans

When was the last time you saw anyone in the NBA box someone out for a rebound? Boxing out at the highest level of professional basketball is as extinct as the Woolly Mammoth. Case in point, the Celtics Thursday night loss to the Lakers. In fourth quarter crunch time, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum played volleyball above the rim while the Celtics stood around and watched. Many "expert" analysts will say the Lakers’ Twin Towers were too tall and long for the C’s. That line of thinking is as accurate as a vote count in Syria. The only way to have stopped Bynum and Gasol was to get a body on them. It’s as simple as that.

Amen, amen, amen. There's only so much technique you can teach and it is the same drills guys have been put through since grade school. You just have to want it more than the other guy and be committed to it. Right now our guys don't want it enough. (Note: this is a big reason why I still lament losing Leon Powe - but I digress)