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Comparing “David And Goliath” And The Basketball Underdog” By Malcolm Gladwell

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The stories of “David and Goliath” and “The Basketball Underdog” are similar and different in many ways. These stories are both in the same book David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell’s book talks about underdogs, misfits, and the advantages of these people. Both of these stories have an overlying theme of the advantages of an underdog. The stories “David and Goliath” and “The Basketball underdog” have many similarities and differences between the two of them.
“David and Goliath” is a biblical story of an underdog overcoming the odds and winning. A very long time ago, the Israelites and the Philistines had a battle with each other. Instead of having a big war—all of the Israelites against the Philistines— each of the sides picked their strongest, biggest, and best person to fight one-on-one against the other. Once the sides have picked their candidate, they would fight against each other to the death, to find out who truly is the best. The Philistines picked Goliath. Goliath was a tall, strong, and muscular giant who has spent all of his life fighting in battle. Goliath was very much expected to win. Once the Israelites heard about the Philistines picking Goliath, they were very worried. They had no idea who to pick, until a normal man named David stepped forward to volunteer to fight Goliath in the battle. David was weak, scrawny, and was not experienced in fighting. David and all of the Israelites knew that if David just tried to fight Goliath straight up, he would definitely lose. When it came time for battle, David pulled out a slingshot that he made and shot a rock in Goliath’s forehead before he could even approach David. After that one shot, Goliath was dead; and the Israelites won. This story is very similar, yet very different to “The Basketball Underdog”.
“The Basketball Underdog” is a story that shows the advantages of underdogs. It is about Vivek Ranadíve — an Indian father — who has never seen or played basketball. But, Vivek decides to coach his daughter, Anjali and her basketball team. Before their season, Vivek watched many basketball games and didn’t understand one thing; why teams did not do a full court press all of the time. His team consisted of 8, 12-year-old girls—Morgan and Julia who were okay at basketball, Nicki, Angela, Dani, Holly, Annika, and his own daughter Anjali who had never played in their lives—. All of the girls were short, not very strong, and had weak shooting and dribbling skills. At their first practice, Vivek made...

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