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December 18, 2008

Tigers Lack Leaders

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 12:10 am

THE ABILITY TO LEAD IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS TAUGHT, BUT RATHER SOMETHING YOU ARE BORN WITH. GREAT MEN LIKE GENERAL PATTON, JFK AND MARTIN LUTHER KING HAD THE ABILITY INSIDE THEM. THEY JUST NEEDED TO HARVEST IT. I AM CONFIDENT YOU HAVE HEARD THE EXPRESSION, “NATURAL BORN LEADERS”.

WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE TIGERS? WELL, THE TIGERS LACK LEADERSHIP. AND I’M NOT REFERRING TO LEADERSHIP FROM THE COACHES. THIS IS ON THE PLAYERS.

NOW THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING A SOLDIER (ROLE PLAYER). THEY ARE THE WARRIORS THAT CARRY OUT THE GAME PLAN AND DO THE DIRTY WORK. HOWEVER IT IS THE CAPTAINS AND LIEUTENANTS AND GENERALS THAT DO THE COMMUNICATING AND ORGANIZATION.

SENIOR ANTONIO ANDERSON IS THE CLOSEST THING THE TIGERS HAVE TO A LEADER BUT HE’S TRULY NOT. RIGHT NOW HE’S STRUGGLING WITH HIS OWN GAME, WHICH MAKES IT HARD TO EVEN LEAD BY EXAMPLE. ANDERSON IS AT HIS BEST WHEN HE’S IN A SUPPORTING ROLE.

ROBERT DOZIER IS A CEREBRAL PLAYER, BUT NOT A LEADER. HE THINKS AND USUALLY EXECUTES WELL. THE PROBLEM IS HE’S NOT VOCAL, AND THE ONLY WAY TO LEAD IS TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITHOUT HESITATION.

TAGGART, KEMP MACK, HENDERSON-NILES. NO, NO. NO. NO. AGAIN NO KNOCK ON THE INABILITY TO LEAD. I WOULD HAVE ALL THESE GUYS IN MY FOX HOLE ANY DAY.

NOW WE GET TO THE FRESHMAN. WESLEY WITHERSPOON IS HARDLY WET BEHIND THE EARS. HE IS STILL LEARNING HOW TO PLAY POINT AND HE’S QUIET AS A CHURCH MOUSE.

TYREKE EVANS IS THE CLOSEST THING TO THE TIGERS “GO TO GUY” DURING CRUNCH TIME. BUT TO HAND HIM THE REIGNS OF THE TEAM IS LIKE HANDING A YOUNGSTER THE KEYS TO A BMW. HE’S TOO YOUNG TO DRIVE, AND TOO INEXPERIENCED.

DERRICK ROSE AND CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS ARE GONE. YOU CAN’T BRING THEM BACK. AND THAT MAKES THINGS EVEN MORE CHALLENGING FOR JOHN CALIPARI, WHO RELIED SO MUCH ON THAT DUO.

THE HOPE IS THAT MAYBE ONE OR MORE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED PLAYERS WILL STEP UP AND BE THE MISSING LINK. MAYBE LEADERSHIP QUALITIES ARE DEVELOPING IN ONE OF THESE GUYS AS WE SPEAK.

BUT FOR NOW, THERE’S A VOID. A VOID THAT COULD PROVE TO BE DETRIMENTAL. NO WAR HAS EVER BEEN WON WITHOUT LEADERSHIP. AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS….

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