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Pick On Someone Your Own Size, Tyler Hansbrough

I haven’t seen the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, but this quote from one of their main characters, Prince Zuko, is highly applicable to this post. So without further ado:

“My father, who challenged me, a 13-year-old boy, to an Agni Kai! How can you possibly justify a duel with a child?”

(Quote via TV Ropes)

Don’t worry about what Agni Kai is. All you need to take away from it is its meaning, which, in its most basic terms, is: “Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

Chances are, you’ve heard that saying before. Or maybe you’ve said it to someone (if that’s the case, I’m sorry). But the point is, you shouldn’t fight someone who is smaller than you because it’s downright unfair…for them…in most cases.

But in the NBA, that’s not really an unwritten rule and Tyler Hansbrough, for the most part, is a pretty good example of that. While Hansbrough was an excellent player during his UNC days, his skills haven’t translated all that well to the NBA-level. (Bear in mind, we’re talking about the ACC’s all-time leading scorer here). So he’s taken a different route to making a lengthy career out of this basketball thing by putting his body on the line every game, throwing some bows when needed and getting into fights with anyone who is prepared to get in his way. Seriously, anyone. I mean, hell, the guys nickname is “Psycho T.” Why? We don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to do a little big of digging.

However, you may be happy to know that there is one person out there who even Tyler Hansbrough wouldn’t dream of getting into a tussle with. His name: Metta World Peace - the fire breathing dragon himself.

Surprised? Didn’t think so. But I bet you never expected to see Hansbrough shy away from a fight like this:

(Video courtesy of ESPN)

So the message here: Always pick on someone your own size, even if they are smaller than you. Had Tyler lived by that rule, run-ins with scary people like Metta World Peace may have been avoided. And to add to that, he probably wouldn’t have such a bad wrap.

Scott Rafferty