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The Genius of Basketball and the Genius of Soccer

One takes something so difficult that a practiced adult can’t do it reliably and makes it so easy that we see it done dozens of times, acrobatically, in a game. The other takes something so simple that my two-year-old niece can do it and makes it so hard that seeing it done once in a match is a cause for wild celebration.

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The Genius of Basketball and the Genius of Soccer

by Brian Phillips · January 17, 2008

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