I like this basketball substack called Medium Lights that explains all kinds of cool basketball plays the announcers wouldn't necessarily comment on. Unlike most sites like this, it usually explains in enough detail that I can actually follow what's cool about the play. It really highlights how much more interesting games could be with good announcers.
A few I've especially enjoyed:
- LeBron lets people drive past him so he can block their shot from behind.
- LeBron also will watch the defense on a failed offensive possession, then start a future possession the same way to get the same behavior and exploit it.
- Daniel Theis's "paint seal," the sort of thing I'd never notice just by watching.
- Nikola Jokic's water polo pump fake.
- A collection of absurdly high-arcing shots.
- "Dwyane Wade's sneaky baseline cuts: an appreciation for one of the best off-ball players of all time"
- A walkthrough of Draymond Green guarding all five opposing players on one possession.
- This one is just silly (but top notch silly): Robin Lopez makes everyone proud
- Draymond "throwing Steph Curry open." "honestly, my only reaction when i saw it the first time was 'what...?' ... [Curry's] whole body is turned towards his own basket when the ball is already halfway to him ... i don't really have any words for this. i guess this is what happens when two guys play together for a long time - the chemistry is there and cool shit just happens." (To understand "throwing someone open" you can see this Reddit post, though I have to say ... watching this example, I wondered if it is an "amazing successful pass" that just had a 50-50 chance of being an "embarrassing intercepted pass.")
It's great when someone is able to walk you through why they're this amazed and impressed with something you wouldn't have noticed.