Posted by: sean | May 4, 2009

Lawrence’s full court press

lawrence-basketballMalcolm Gladwell has an interesting article in the New Yorker about Biblical myth, computer programming, guerrilla warfare and the full court press. It’s kind of a long piece, but the main point is that the full court press and guerrilla warfare are both about legs, not arms:

David can beat Goliath by substituting effort for ability—and substituting effort for ability turns out to be a winning formula for underdogs in all walks of life, including little blond-haired girls on the basketball court.

…[T.E.] Lawrence extended the battlefield over as large an area as possible. So did the girls of Redwood City. They defended all ninety-four feet. The full-court press is legs, not arms. It supplants ability with effort. It is basketball for those “quite unused to formal warfare, whose assets were movement, endurance, individual intelligence . . . courage.”

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