Thirty minutes ago, Kevin Durant put the finishing touches on a 10-27 shooting performance by knocking down (or bouncing in) a game-winning fadeaway jumper over Shawn Marion's outstretched arms. I decided to turn my brain to English-major-mode and write a brief summary of the shot:
The paradigm-shattering nature of Durant's shot cannot be denied. Consider the profound implications that Durant's tripartite conception of making goals - using rim, backboard, and net - could have for future shot-makers. The typical perception of a pure shot is one in which the ball swishes through the net. Yet, Durant, considered the purest of all shooters, refused to submit to such stereotypes. Instead, Durant's shot was a blow to the constricting chains of society's rules and norms. Altering not the form of the shot, nor the ultimate delirious result, he opened up the world to the possibility that one can receive credit for a game winning shot without blindly submitting to the net-only, rim-net, and backboard-net combination that are deemed advisable by the guardians of basketball standards. In short, with one beautifully arching shot that clanged off both rim and backboard, Durant has introduced the world to a new shot-making archetype.