Basketball players richly rewarded for selfishness in playoffs

Money trips up teamwork in NBA championship tournament

By Bruce Bower, 18:34 PM May 1, 2014

Expect solid team play to suffer in the ongoing National Basketball Association playoffs. Teamwork declines relative to the regular season, perhaps because players earn bigger future paychecks when they play selfishly in the playoffs, scoring points rather than ensuring their team wins, a new study suggests.

Dishing the ball to teammates who have open shots ups the chances of winning NBA playoff games, but team cooperation of that kind actually declines in the championship tournament, Eric Uhl...

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