Here's hoping the Jazz can pull it together enough to beat the Lakers. The Jazz
should have all the advantages coming in with fresh and young legs against the
3rd night in a row of heavy minutes on old players in the Lakers. It could be a
great confidence booster if they can get it, even if it's on uneven ground.
I believe this writer owes Mr. Kanter an in face apology. Would any writer have
written that Raja Bell is too black to be a leader in Salt Lake? That Gordon
Hayward is too much of a cornfed white boy and no black player will listen to
him? It's true that Enes Kanter probably can't assume the role of leader in his
rookie season, but to say that this is more because he is Turkish than the
obvious fact that he is a rookie is insulting to a kid who has done nothing more
than try to make himself known and appreciated in his new home town. Rock, you
put your foot in your mouth big time here.
Xert.....The comments about Kanter was a play-on-words. Relax buddy!!!
First of all, Watson is a leader. He has shown that in his mentoring the younger
players, his counsel to Howard about team expectations, and his leadership of
the second unit.That being said, I agree he is not the alpha dog for
the Jazz. But you do not need to be the alpha dog to be a leader. Anyone who
thinks so needs to go back to school and take at least a remedial course on
leadership.Devin Harris would be my choice. He was the first one in
town when the lockout ended. He was the first one to the gym when practices
started. He worked with ownership to get Howard on the team. He has shown a
willingness and ability to be about the team instead of himself (far more than
his predecessor).Hayward will be a strong leader in the future. He
showed signs of that this summer when he got some of his younger teammates to
come to his facility in Indiana to work out and improve specific skills. He
appears willing to hold people accountable.Millsap is my third
choice as alpha dog but his leadership is based primarily on example.
Xert, I agree.I know Rock was trying a stab at humor, but his
"too Turkish" comment fell flat for me. I too thought that comment was
a little too crudely written. Maybe he could have said "Kanter would help
his case by improving his command of the English language, or demand respect
with his play on the court." But calling out his nationality alone as a
disqualifier culturally to be a leader was just lame.
Let's all give Rock a break on his Turkish comment.How many of us
could write a weekly or daily comment and not make the occasional flub?Writing newspaper articles is an unforgiving occupation. Everyone's a critic
and thinks they can do it better.Overall, Rockmonster's columns are
interesting reads. I don't expect perfection.
Millsap always puts in the work. He is the silent assassin who doesn't talk
leadership he proves it just like he did tonight.