Few players in recent Knick memory embodied this idea of myth-over-hype better than Josh Harrellson

Josh Harrellson - photo by Steve Yeater | AP
Josh Harrellson - photo by Steve Yeater | AP

If you find yourself mired in the meat-market metrics of talent evaluation, be it in sport, business, entertainment, or whatever, it’s important to remember not to confuse hype and myth. There’s a difference, you see. Hype is something narrowly transfixed on expected results; results which hindsight will one day render prophetic or foolish, depending on whom or what you believe.  So when the hype surrounding an -bound player surpasses substance and numbers, a roll of the dice can easily stop snake eyes. But if it’s myth supplanting the stats, well, sometimes that can just be as hell.

 

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