The Rock wrote:Since we're playing Miami it got me thinking
You look at someone like Chris Bosh...Hes a perennial all star in Toronto, averaging 20/9 for his career, the primary option for them and he goes to Miami, he gets disrespected by the fans, the media and even by his own fans. He doesn't get many plays runs for him. He doesn't get the ball in his comfort spots on the floor. He gets ignored for long stretches of the game and shoots whatever is left over from Lebron and Wade and yet the guy goes out there and competes hard, he lays his body out drawing charges. I know hes soft, I know he can put up some weak shots but the guy at the end of the day competes hard in both ends and thats why hes helped his team get to 2 straight Finals and Gasol hasn't when seemingly Gasol is supposed to be the most skilled big man in the league. You dont see Bosh pouting and complaining that he doesnt get the ball in his sweet spots or gets ignored on the floor and stop competing. Guys like Howard, Gasol and even Bynum and Odom could learn something from him
The distribution of shots is a lot better in Miami. There's a 'pecking order' so to speak, but the big dogs get the best/most food, and then the rest of the pack splits the leftovers. You've got the big 3 at 18, 16, 13 attempts per game.
With us, on paper, we only have 1 big dog that gets the best/most food. Everyone else gets to split the leftovers. You've got the big 1 at 21. Everyone else is the same. 11, 11, 10, 9, 7, 7.
But it's not just the number of shots, per se. That's only part of the problem.
I think people just need to read between the lines a little bit when they hear complaints about not enough touches or shots. The complaint isn't that their usage rate, or number of possessions, or whatever numeric value they are currently averaging isn't up to par. It's a combination of factors. Number of shots, types of shots and quality of looks. D12 touching the ball at the 3pt line is 1 touch as is a lob dunk. Give him 15 touches at the 3pt line versus 15 lob dunks will yield very different post-game commentary.
In order to keep people happy on the basketball court, there's only ONE simple thing that needs to happen.
They need to be involved at or near to the degree they expect they should be involved. (Easier said than done, but that's really it).