Originally Posted by Money 23
Tonight, LeBron shot a stunning 13-14 from the field.
But on closer inspection, he was deliberately passing up shots to maintain a field goal percentage. Thus, contrived. We all know of his "competition" w/ teammate Wade to see who has the best field goal percentage every game.
When a player is passing up quality shots in order to pad a field goal percentage, isn't that just as bad for a team as say the recent crucifixion of Kobe Bryant for ... basically being phony in recent games passing up shots to pad assist totals, at the expense of quality shots for himself.
It's the same forged agenda, just different purposes. But no one has a problem when LeBron does it.
Hmmm ... No one else takes issue with this contradiction? Or fan hypocritical behavior and reception of the performances?
You're looking at it from a negative standpoint.
On a team with two or more stars its best that they emphasize quality shots moreso than pushing the issue. You emphasize quality because you got quality players. If one player sacrifices forced shots, its better for the other two players as they are more aware of ball movement, with their patience and turning down dubious shots, it almost assures that another player will get a better shot. As a point guard you are told to take quality shots and limit the quantity. Traditional point guards Chris Paul and Deron William are good examples of this. Its a floor balance priority if you have three guys that can score. Its why Magic was one of the games best winners and is the games best team player.
Rose is the exception. He was on a team where guys could not create very well from themselves and his quantity of shots caused enough chaos to keep teams off balance, with hopes of others capitalizing off of it. Kyrie is in the same position. Floor balance is not the priority, but breaking the defense down is mandatory.
Kobe had created an imbalance by emphasizing quantity over quality. Both Gasol and DH felt left out. But look at what is happening now.
Lebron and Wade talked about it knowing that Durant and Westbrook don't have the maturity to pull it off, and with hopes they might do the copycat thing. They might take the bait but they aren't wise enough to do it effectively at this stage.