Basketball: The Most Difficult Sport

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Basketball is the Most Difficult Sport Introduction For anyone who watched the men's tennis final at the Australian Open (January 29, 2012), there is no doubt that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are extraordinary athletes with stamina and skills that are amazing. The match went 5 hours and 53 seconds and both men were drained physically and emotionally at the end when Djokovic emerged victorious. But is tennis the most difficult sport? The answer is probably not. Some would say boxing or football should be considered the most difficult sports. And when it comes to baseball is hitting a pitched ball with a wooden stick the most difficult? The argument is ongoing about that. Thesis: This paper argues that basketball is the most difficult sport, for a number of reasons that will be pointed out through the literature on the game, the coaches, and the players. Chris Webber, a five time NBA All-Star, Rookie of the Year, All-American at the University of Michigan, is retired from pro basketball, but he has an opinion as to why basketball is the most difficult sport. Quoted in ESPN's Page 2, Webber says, "In basketball, you have to play so many different positions." In football and baseball, he explains, you can "specialize in a certain area" (like quarterback, linebacker, field goal kicker, punt returner, long-snapper) but in basketball "…you have to play all over the court, and that's what makes it one of the toughest sports" (ESPN). Phil Jackson, former NBA head coach and
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