The mainstream media or fans might not ever understand, and they probably don’t care to, either.
You see, you’ve made in excess of $7 million during your first two seasons in the NBA and will be over $10 million by the time this season ends.But you’ve helped your team win a total of 59 games with no playoff appearances in nearly 2 1/2 seasons in Sacramento.
More than anything, you’ve been in the public eye for being unable to control your temper multiple times – this is fact, and unfortunately, won’t be let go so quickly.
If you weren’t one of the most talented big men under the sun, you would be in a world of hurt right now – likely not even in the NBA anymore. But there lies the dilemma.
You’re extraordinarily talented and there aren’t many players in the league with your skill set: You can make a no-look pass across the court to a wide-open teammate, lead the break, drain a 20-footer from any angle, or pump-fake your way to an and-1. It’s all seemingly effortless for you.
The other night in pregame against Brooklyn, I watched you go through the motions shooting perimeter jumpers; you looked vaguely interested as you moved from spot to spot around the arc. As a 23-year old who is trying to make a living, it’s frustrating to watch someone with your potential take basketball for granted as much as you have while making the type of money you make.
At the same time, I can relate to it. In the moment, it’s easy to take things for granted in any walk of life, so I can only imagine what it’s like when you’re being paid millions and millions of dollars to play a game you’ve loved forever.
Since you returned from your suspension, you have averaged 20.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals. The mesmerizing part is that there’s still so much more that you can do at both ends of the floor! For example, here’s how you started Saturday’s game in Brooklyn on the second night of a back-to-back:
- Hands not up on defense first possession.
- Out of position, allow D-Will walk in for layup.
- Go for loose ball rebound in corner, fan on ball, runs out of bounds, late getting back on D, leading to bucket for Nets.
- Tap ball over and over – with ZERO business getting this rebound – yet corral it and score the layup.
- Catch, triple-threat, surveys, nothing open, swing to John Salmons for 3-pointer.
- Gamble on steal and get beat by Brook Lopez for easy two.
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