February 2, 2011 1:23 PM Subscribe
In basketball, why do west coast teams score more in general? NBA, NCAA, recreational - why is that?
posted by cashman to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't believe it is merely confirmation bias either. I've played in numerous spots on both coasts. On the west coast, recreationally the culture seems to be that more people feel comfortable shooting or scoring, and playing defense is not that big of a deal. On the east coast recreationally, that doesn't seem to be the case (shooting), and defense is more respected, so to speak.
Are there articles or research that attempt to examine this phenomenon in basketball? Or for those of you who have played on both coasts, I'd be interested in hearing your explanations.