Is your mind really playing a trick on you if needlessly warped crunch-time situations are everywhere? According to Elam’s research, late-game deliberate fouling occurs in approximately 44 percent of NBA games and 58 percent of NCAA games, and it results in a comeback victory roughly 1 percent of the time. The 24 points were “Definitely” sufficient in that game, and, throughout the whole fourth quarter, the atmosphere in the United Center was “Exactly what you would want to see and feel in any basketball game.”
Whenever his project reaches a milestone, Elam reflects on how far it has come and thinks about the possibilities that might lie ahead. “Seeing how well it works at the All-Star Game, I knew that the idea was going to continue to grow throughout the basketball world in some way and keep moving forward,” he said. He’s “Staying positive and patient and persistent and gracious with all that, and, hopefully, eventually, I will get a seat at the table.” The NBA does not call its All-Star Game format the Elam Ending, but it has not created a new name for it, either. “The NBA is well aware that I’d like to see that name continue to be in use. It’ll be interesting to see how many times the phrase Elam Ending is actually uttered during Turner’s broadcast on Sunday. I put the over-under at about 0.5. I’d be thrilled with an over there.”
Any of us can toss around half-baked ideas to improve the game.