Jeremy Sochan breaks the convention and structure of the game. He plays a hyperactive, improvisational style that feels like watching a basketball randomizer.
James Harden is having a year that only seems underwhelming when compared to his past self. But what we are seeing is not exactly a lessening of ability as much as it is a shift in priorities.
The more fractured, more brief series of men's youth recruitment pipelines has made it so that women are now more consolidated in, and committed to, the college game. They are the new stars of March Madness.
Here's James Harden: the work-hard, play-hard perma-bachelor who traffics in such excess that he's never made room for the seemingly perfect partners. There's Joel Embiid, the hardened romantic who's learned to rely on only himself after a long-term relationship went sour.
With intelligence and perspective, we've dulled our pleasure centers and curbed our ability to produce meaning for ourselves.