I long ago promised myself that if I ever receive five or more emails (or other communication) on a topic, I will write on it. I am disheartened to say that I just received number five asking my views on the China-Georgetown basket-brawl.
I say disheartened because I see this brawl as a complete non-issue.
I have played thousands of basketball games, watched maybe three times that number, coached my fair share, and read tons of books on it, including, maybe most importantly, John Feinstein’s book, The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever.
All this convinces me that pushing and shoving and getting angry and even sometimes fighting are part and parcel of basketball. I am not condoning fighting in basketball, but I am saying that it happens and when it does it isn’t political or cultural or based on a hatred that necessarily goes beyond the basketball court.
I do not think his fight in any way proves either that China is incapable of playing fair or that it hates the United States. I am not saying either of these things are true or untrue, but I am saying that it does not sense to use this fight to advance one’s position on these things. It was a fight during a tense basketball game. That’s it. No conclusions warranted. That’s why I didn’t write about it until now.
Do you agree?