One Ball For All……..by old & in the way
No one likes to be criticized. Especially those who deserve it the most. I don’t know why this is so but I know nevertheless that it is so. So…Carmelo Anthony is an unconscionable egomaniac and ball hog. He needs to have the ball at all times because that is the only way he knows how to play apparently. He is offended when presented with this reality. James Harden is a gunner and me-first basketball player who also needs to have the ball in his hands to be effective. He loves isolation one-on-one basketball that freezes out his teammates. He thinks he is a point guard. He is not. He passes too infrequently and shoots too much. Kobe Bryant is a gunner and a shooter who is uncoachable according to Phil Jackson who ought to know. Kobe has an ego the size of a 500 pound sumo wrestler. At least Kobe has five championships to back up his ego. Carmelo Anthony and James Harden have zero championships combined. None of these three players have any concept of team play in basketball. Or if they do they disregard it as much and as often as they can.
Communication, trust and effort. Jeremy Lin has had the misfortune to play with all three of the above mentioned so-called elite players. Jeremy Lin is not a star. He does not want to be a star. He wants to play team basketball and involve all of his co-workers. Jeremy Lin wants to win first and glorify himself secondly if at all. Jeremy and Kobe together is a work in progress. Perhaps they will succeed where Jeremy did not with Carmelo and with James. What would happen if Carmelo, James and Kobe all wound up on the same team? All three demanding the ball. All three gunning away without restraint. All three freezing out their teammates. None of them defending. This year Kobe is shooting under 40% which is terrible for someone who takes more than twice as many shots as anyone else on the team. So…will Jeremy Lin ever land on a team that has no elite star/ball-hog gunner and a team that genuinely wants to play a team oriented brand of basketball? This is the question. The answer is hanging in the balance along with Jeremy’s professional basketball career.