On Sight

In every class, I pretty much just sit there thinking of ways in which the topic we’re talking about relates to the NBA. I do this especially in Philosophy, because it gets incredibly boring to discuss these texts for 75 minutes in a row.

Well the other day, we were looking over a handout that contained the following:

“All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight.”

            – Aristotle

Sight. It’s what basketball is all about. Sure there are the sounds we hear (and smells too, if we’re in the arena), but they’re secondary. Everything is about sight.

The majesty of LeBron James cocking his arm back as far as humanly possible, soaring through space – momentarily winning the battle against gravity – before slamming the ball through the hoop is impossible to fully grasp without sight.

Steph Curry twisting and turning, weaving his way through a maze of screens before utilizing his lightning quick release to send another high-arcing three, destined to float through the air with a final destination locked in as the bottom of the net becomes irrelevant without sight.

Kendrick Perkins slowly but surely lumbering up the court, on his way to set a screen in which he’ll jut his knee out into the defender’s path, ultimately leading to his trademark scowl at the ref who blows the whistle and motions for an illegal screen makes little to no sense without sight.

As NBA bloggers and fans, we take delight, above all else, in watching this beautiful game. Never has Aristotle’s quote been truer than when thought of in terms of basketball.

Because that’s what basketball is all about: