Bill Russell, Walt Bellamy -name your favorite center, one thing about playing the post is that you are constantly pivoting. Whether sliding up the lane to pick for a guard and then spinning to the basket to get the rebound, bodying around your man for a layup or a hook shot or head-faking a jumper and dishing off to a wing man, the pivot man is constantly in motion, turning left, right and sometimes completely around. For big people, the agility of pivot men is an amazing thing.
A lot of people give a lot of credit to the point guard as the one who cagily surveys the floor spread out before him to set up a play, but the pivot man has to be aware of not only the action in front of him, but all around him and when he receives the ball in the post, he has to know when he dishes off to the shooter that that guy is capable of putting it down from that position.
As President Obama now pivots to “Jobs” we learn that he has decided to go with, as new head of the Council of Economic Advisors, a man who, despite being a ‘labor economist’, can’t seem to score when it comes to this ‘jobs thingy’.
Krueger has also been criticized by conservatives for favoring a significant Value-Added Tax, pushing for a cap and trade program, botching an employment projection, and for being an all-round liberal.
Yes, when right-wing solutions are called for, you can count on Obama to go with the left-wing specialist. And everything thrown up so far in this administration has been an air ball. Not even close. The problem, sports fans, is that Obama is not a good pivot man. In fact, he doesn’t really even pivot. He goes on the court, spins crazily for a while, gets dizzy, leaves to go on a much-needed vacation on the
bench beach, returns to the action to spin some more and as the score mounts against him, points to the booing crowd and angrily cries “It’s all your fault.”