Unfortunately so. I'm sorry to bring up a (probably) misinterpreted stereotype for American-born NBA players, but you would think that someone from Spain (which I'm inclined to believe that Europeans are taught to play team ball and care more about the team vs individual accolades) would not bring up this me-me-me attitude.
Bad comparisons, but players like Bryant and Jordan adapted their games as they aged - can't outrun the guys, but don't need to, just play smarter. This is as you put it, can't accept reality, can't accept that his skills have diminished, can't accept playing off the bench, and can't accept the fact that he's been "put" on the trading block for the past 3 years.
I thought with Bryant's "guarantee" of a no-trade clause for Pau, it would have given him some confidence back, I stand corrected on that.
charvin wrote:When has he ever been a "star starter"? There's a reason why he and his Memphis teams got swept each and every time they got to the playoffs.
Take your pouting elsewhere ya big galoot.
Let's not bring up the past. He was an undisputed star and an invaluable player during our title runs.
This is just the case of a player that can't accept reality. His skills have declined, and he is a shadow of his former self. He can shine as a 6th man now... and he isn't ready to accept that.