Word on the Street

One-downmanship (wun-doun’-man-ship’) noun. The practice of outdoing an opponent in a negative way; performing less well than an inferior player or team.

Usage example:When the Pacers got blown out by the lowly Knicks – at home no less – it was a classic case of one-downmanship.

Word trivia: Basketball is never more fun to watch than when players or teams engage in a match of one-upmanship, like when Larry Bird dueled with Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semi-finals. The flipside of this experience is watching one-downmanship, which is just painful. The Pacers are masters of this art. A few weeks ago, they beat the Pistons – currently the best team in the league – in Indianapolis, but have since lost home games to both the lowly Hawks and the craptastic Knicks. That, my friends, is one-downmanship in its purest form.

Eddy Curry dunking: A classic case of one-downmanship.

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Labels: Dominique Wilkins / Larry Bird / Eddy Curry / Indiana Pacers / Detroit Pistons / New York Knicks / Atlanta Hawks / NBA Eastern Conference / NBA / Word on the Street

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