Originally Posted by knicksman
I dont think he needs to be a playmaker. I just want him to play teamball. Have awareness that his teammates need shots but right now he seems so focused on being the MAN. If only mcgrady attempted less than yao coz hes shooting awfully, that rockets team could have succeeded but mcgrady thinks he is a first option thats why those rockets are constant underachievers. And im seeing that attitude in melo. The guy wants to get all the credit while winning. And thats selfishness. And we all knew what happened to selfish people like tmac and AI. While Pierce, garnett, allen never cared about how many touches they get or how many points they score thats why we dont see them forcing bad shot after bad shot. I actually wanted melo here coz i thought he has the same mindset of pierce whos willing to sacrifice for winning but instead what we got is the opposite. He got rid of dantoni who wants him to play teamball and then lin whos a threat to becoming the man on this team. This team is becoming the marbury era again once walsh got fired.
ha ha well you thought wrong. still, i guess being a playmaker is not necessary but since neither he nor stoudemire are playmakers it makes genuine chemistry between them and for the team as a whole a very big obstacle to success. in fact i had the same expectations of stoudemire when we overpaid him to come here, ie i expected him to be able to find the open man instead of barreling into the lane and shooting over two or three defenders. but no, instead we heard how he put the team on his back and beasted during his half-season mvp run. utter nonsense... he undermined gelling and exhausted himself in the process.
anyway, on the other hand the bottom line for playing team ball requires his being willing to move without the ball, find the open man on drives, find cutters, set an example on defense, and not hold on to the ball so long that it sticks or at least make quicker decisions. a lot of posters complain that the reason why melo doesn't pass the ball is because everyone is standing around watching him. that's a load of cowsh.it.
confidence in yourself is a good thing but thinking too highly of yourself is a bad thing.