POINT GUARD 101
Like many sports fans, I fall into the trap of comparing players. We all like to ask “who’s better?”
Basketball fans are very good at this; especially the media. They toss it out there for fans to digest then we run with it.
Whether it’s on the street corner, at the park, the YMCA, sports talk radio and of course, at the coffee shop; comparing players makes for great conversation.
We compare players, teams, fans, and coaches. We argue over who can shoot the ball better, who can pass it and who is a better teammate. Don’t forget that important question, “but how many rings does he have?”
This morning while driving in my Honda Accord I heard a sports talk radio host discuss Chris Paul and Derrick Rose; a caller wanted to know who was the better point guard?
I’ve fallen into this trap often and I always say Rose is the best.
But to be honest, there really isn’t a correct answer, it’s an opinion.
I have been giving the nod to Rose lately and that’s usually during a Bulls game when Rose is dominating. I even mention he’s the M.V.P. of the league. So how can he not be the best point guard in the league, right?
Rose blows past his defender with ease, he dunks, he defends, he plays hard. But Paul blows by his defender, he pulls up on a dime and scores, he shares the ball and he rebounds.
I always tell myself to stop comparing players; it really devalues one of them.
Both of these outstanding players bring something to the table; matter of fact, they bring plenty.
Sunday night I watched Paul put on an amazing performance. He brought back memories of Michael Ray Richardson.
Paul recorded a triple double Sunday night; he had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists in leading the Hornets to a 93-88 victory, tying the best of seven series with LA at 2.
Please read that stat line again, because I highly doubt you stayed up until after midnight and actually saw what this man accomplished.
“He made a lot happen out there,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said about Paul. “A triple-double is nothing to sneeze at in a playoff game.”
On a side note, and this is not coming from a producer in my ear, keep in mind the Hornets are playing without their leading scorer, David West.
Often times I tell myself I’m not going to compare players, I’m telling myself once again. STOP IT!
Give me either guy, Paul or Rose and I’m happy. But its sports in America, we love to debate.
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