Old Man Game involves a cranky, crafty set of moves built around misdirection, leverage, and angles. - Image from The New Yorker
The Short: The Spurs, the Grizzlies, and the Pleasures of the Old Man Game
Old Man Game is not defined by the age of the player, though its practitioners are often old men by the standards of the N.B.A.
The Long: Old Man Game is not defined by the age of the player, though its practitioners are often old men by the standards of the N.B.A.
is off the charts,” the Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, said at the time.
(One measure of Old Man Game is the degree of aesthetic pleasure a player is able to generate without jumping, leaving the ground, or going anywhere at all.) Six years ago, the journalist Henry Abbott described Randolph’s game: Randolph most commonly catches the ball with his back to the basket.
But Old Man Game is fascinating, in part, because it reflects the N.B.A.’s version of the American anxiety about aging and death.
In the N.B.A., as in the broader culture, there is a desire to extend youth as long as possible.