Those who are able to watch this video clip and then try to blame the Captain of the Toronto Raptors for the current state of affairs with this team simply indicate their own lack of basketball acumen and sophistication:
Although this young man can definitely score the ball, in this League, he is not a Prime Time scorer, per se.
What he is, at 24 years of age, in his 5th NBA season, is wise beyond his years, and made of championship material.
1. Find him the right teammates to play beside … like Jose Calderon, for example;
2. Use him at his best position, which is CENTER;
3. Make him focus on his individual strengths, as a person and a player … which include his intelligence, his imagination, his curiousity, his sense of team, his Rebounding, his off-the-ball Defense, his Shot-blocking, his transition game, his quickness and his agility;
4. Help him to better understand his place within the history of the game, and where it is he fits today within the panoramic landscape of Big Men … like Russell, Reed, Cowens, Hayes, Walton, Sikma, Abdul-Jabbar, Moses, Parrish, Laimbeer, Olajuwon, Robinson and Duncan … each one an unique center-piece for a championship team;
and what you will end up with is an extended run in the upper echelon of the NBA … if you really do know what you’re doing, in terms of building a TOP NOTCH organization, from the gound floor up, in the world’s best professional basketball league.
Fail to heed these words, however … and, instead, ask/demand/expect of him to be something which he is not … and it will simply be Just Another Lost Opportunity for the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club.
Players like this … with this sort of ability, stability and strength of character … only come around every so often Where Amazing Happens!
Tags: Bill Laimbeer, Bill Russell, Bill Walton, Chris Bosh, Dave Cowens, David Robinson, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Jack Sikma, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Moses Malone, Robert Parrish, Tim Duncan, Willis Reed