May 28, 2007 at 09:33:38 May 28, 2007 @ 09:33
And, thats fine...
I didnt say he doesnt have the talent to bring them to the playoffs I say leadership in general. This is not coming from me but rather people who have played with him on several occasions from sevaral different players Ive heard that Kobe is aloof, and doesnt really seem to care to much about much else except the ball being in his hand. This isnt a man from the outside looking in, or me watchging playoff games and judging from that, but from players who have balled with the man and seen it first place. Its safe to say Id trust that...unless there is some vast conspircay against Kobe. As far as charisma, its more than getting players pumped on the floor...its going to your first press confrence with sunglasses on you face, with a cocky smile and tell them your skipping college, its the attitude that makes Kobe one of the most hated players in the NBA by other players. Im not grabbing this shit outa the air.
I feel you but as Paul Peirce and Pau Gasol can tell you Talent just doesnt take you. Leadership has to be involved.
I would much rather have a player who wants the ball in his hand in crunch time. You may call that selfish but i call that the killer instinct. Something that sepereates Kobe and MJ from LBJ. The willingness to step up and take that shot knowing the hate youll get if you miss and the love you get if you make it is something that seperates a guy like JJ Reddick (@ Duke) from a Daniel Ewing. Thats what i call a Prime Time player in Vitales words. Your real leaders come out when its crunch time. I think that leadership right there.
Thats him at 18. 10 years ago. Im 18 and to tell you the truth when im 28 id hope to be lightyears from where i am. Look at MJ with the gold jewelry and weaering black kicks instead of the white ones that were assinged to the team. Thats what young people do. IF you know about football than look at Jimmy Clausen. For his first press conference he got a Stretch Hummer Limo and with jewelry he announced he was going to Notre Dame. Its called Youth. Id hope he wouldnt be all serious and businessman straight outta high school.
My fingers hurt but good points you raised.