Morning Bell – 1.26.2009

michael-redd-kneeThing That Concerns Me About Chris Bosh’s Career

There are certain players that when you watch them play or see an interview with them or read little bits on them, you naturally begin to assume that someday they’ll win a championship.  Now, these can often turn out wrong (Ewing, Barkley, Malone, duh) but more often than not, this gut feeling is proven true.  Dwyane Wade is a recent example.  For whatever reason, it just seemed like he would win a title, and he has. 

Another player for whom that has assumption has recently been validated is Kevin Garnett.  For years, all anyone could say is that if Garnett were surrounded by a team of real NBA players (rather than the Gugliottas and Peelers of the world), he could win a title.  They were right.

This has been an unnecessarily long-winded introduction, so here’s the point:  the line drawn from Kevin Garnett to Chris Bosh is a short and straight one.  Statistically, they’re early production is eerily similar.  Physique-wise there aren’t two more similar players that don’t share the same genes.  Just like Garnett, Bosh has that feel.  The feeling you get that, yes, someday this guy will be an NBA champion.  And certainly, their games are closely aligned as Bosh has said that Garnett is his favorite player and that looked to him for inspiration on how to play.

Now, this is all well and good.  Bosh plays like Garnett, Garnett was destined to get a title, Garnett got a title.  This is a logical path for Chris Bosh.  However, for years, Garnett was plagued by criticism that he couldn’t step up in big games, and that he’d prefer to score from the perimeter instead of mixing things up inside.  Bosh is quite the same, as he gets a lot of his scoring on fade-aways and mid-range jumpers.  Will the same thing happen to Bosh?  Will he be attacked for being “soft,” just because he’s modeled his game on Garnett’s?  Garnett was mentally tenacious enough to realize that criticism was erroneous, and I hope that Bosh will be too.

I understand that this sounds pretty silly after Bosh goes for 31 and 8 in a win, so forget I mentioned it.  Nonetheless, I hope that people will remember Garnett’s redemption when they get down on Bosh.

Thing That Is Sort of Related to the Above Commentary

I just received Gunnin’ for that Number 1 Spot via internet digital video disc rental service Netflix (late pass, I know).  Watching it last night, I can’t help but wonder about the nature of success.  The players involved came from either terrible circumstances (Donte Greene, Tyreke Evans) or really nice circumstances (Kevin Love, Kyle Singler), with seemingly none of the Elite 24 coming from a typical middle class setting.  I’ve read Outliers, so I get that environment is just as important to a person’s achievement as talent is; therefore I ask, are these polar opposites the only situations that lend themselves to success?

It makes sense that the underprivileged would succeed because they work hard to overcome their disadvantages, and it makes just as much sense that the more fortunate would succeed because they have more opportunities and amenities throughout their development.  It makes sense that the underprivileged would succeed because they work hard to overcome their disadvantages, and it makes just as much sense that the more fortunate would succeed because they have more opportunities and amenities throughout their development.  But what if a kid’s situation doesn’t push him either way?  What if the kid grows up “normal?”  Is this actually a totally bizarre disadvantage in terms of athletic excellence? 

Thing That I Don’t Know Why It’s Related to the NBA, But It Is and It’s Good

This mislabeled video (M.O.P. is in this song, but not listed) shows a lot of NBA dudes playing at Rucker.  The ball is pretty stellar, and the song is hot fire.

 

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Thing I’m Laying Off of for a While

Eddy Curry jokes. 

Name a player who’s gone through more trying situations in the last two years.  Ergo, I’m not joking about him at least until the gay sex scandal trial starts. Eddy and his family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Seth Carstens