Whether CB and LA could be successful together ....... hmmmm? That's an interesting 'what if' scenario.
Last edited by golden; Wed Oct 5th, 2011 at 10:30 AM.
Doesnt matter if you practice till youre blue in the face, if you dont have the proper guidance, youll only see minimal to average improvement.
But, you cannot instill someone the will to play hard on defense. You can only tell them what and how they should do something, but not make them want to do it. You can try to beat it into them as I'm sure some coaches have tried to do to some players, but in the end its really up to the player to want to play hard or to try and improve.
Some kids are happy with getting a C in school. You can pay for tutors, and send them to the best schools with the top rated teachers in the world, yet if the kid is happy with a C then what can you do about it? If you bargain with them that they will get an xbox if they get an A, the kid might try hard for one exam, but once they get their reward they will fall back into their old habits because that's what they want to do.
It is really up to the kid's (or player's) personality that would want them to be the best they can be. And you cannot really change that, unless if you are ruling them with an iron fist - then it might be possible.
For example, if Bargnani got whipped with a cane for every defensive lapse, he might get better just so he doesn't get whipped again. Unfortunately we live in a society where caning is illegal.
It's not similar at all. In my opinion at least.
Robinson was an All-World CENTER.
Duncan was an All-World FORWARD.
Chris Bosh was an All-Star FORWARD.
Aldridge is an All-Star FORWARD.
Neither was seen as the "Next Big" anything. (And neither is capable of Playing Center. Especially not like a Hall-of-Fame Center.)
With Robinson and Duncan, it was pretty obvious very early on in the process, that both were destined to be Hall-of-Famers.
And both would eventually achieve this at different positions.
There was never any question as to which position either one plays.
You pair up LA and Bosh and I guarentee you there are questions about position.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
In the NBA today, the Raptors could certainly have gotten away with playing Bosh and Aldridge together. There simply aren't a whole lot of true, dominant centers that would have caused problems for them, and they also has Nesterovic, who was a true center.
The NBA is not a playground where you can say "I dont want to do this" and get away with it. Bargnani probably has said "i dont want to do this" or felt like this in the past, but now he's been called out. His "will" might make him stubborn and not turn around his defense, but i think faced with the possibility of sitting on the bench and smaller salary might "will" him to put more effort on defense. If say Bargnani becomes a better defender next season because he got fed up being called a statue, and actually started playing good defense, would you say that he doesnt have the "will" to play defense? When the past 5 seasons he hasnt be playing "decent" defense? I never changed diapers and never had the "will" to change diapers before my son was born. But now i have a son, i have no choice but to change diapers. Or suffer the consequences. Stinky baby and a nagging wife. I have no "will" to change diapers, but i do a "decent"(at least i think i do) and acceptable job. Coz i have to. Players will defend well if you put them up to it.
And just for the sake of argument, if you let a kid revert back to his old ways then thats on you. Youre the parent. A kid doesnt know any better. If you let the kid decide that all he wants in life is a C, then what kind of parent are you? Youre setting up your kid for a lifetime of mediocrity, and thats never the case, hence the phrase, "you only want whats best for them" And i can use this on Bargnani too. People say its spoon feeding but to me its proper training and coaching. If the guy has only known offense most of his career, why do you expect him to suddenly be a good defender on his own? You dont have to hold his hand, but proper coaching and training would probably do it.
Last edited by TheGloveinRapsUniform; Wed Oct 5th, 2011 at 03:38 PM.
but i have problems at times, i need to play with more hustle. My friends and I usually play at break after we're finished eating(we basically have the whole gym to ourselves for 1 hour) but sometimes my friend would fool around and start hogging the ball and shooting fade away three's which kinda ruins the game. But when we're actually playing competitively i play pretty well, i still have ways to go though. And like Tim said it changes depending on the circumstances if im being defended by someone taller i'd quick release it over them andy rautins style(usually works) but if im wide open i take my time and release it at the top or mid way(works for me either way). Still need to work on driving to the lane and finishing
And there's a difference between someone naturally maturing with age, and someone changing their personality. Someone who wasn't competitive isn't going to turn into someone who is really competitive. Someone who can't stop working and doing things isn't going to suddenly turn into a couch potato.
I'd take Bargnani because of Roy's health issues as well. Roy has a fat contract as well. Expect the Blazers to nuke it if the CBA negotiations keep moving in the direction they're heading towards.
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