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A mother’s life; arrived at from drugs, teen pregnancy, and jail, through faith and gang intervention.

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Mitch's picture Mitch

Basketball has a kajillion offensive stats, and only one purely defensive stat (blocks). Players who play great defense are rarely represented well on the stat sheet, Bill Russell included, but they're often the key to winning teams. Michael Lewis wrote a fantastic article for the New York Times magazine about Shane Battier and this very phenomenon.

With that said, Michael Jordan is obviously the greatest basketball player of all time.


Mitch's picture Mitch

I guess the steal would be another defensive stat. And it's more useful than most blocks, too, because half the time somebody making a block will swat the ball out of bounds, which just gives it back to the other team anyway.