Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What's so funny about peace, love, and Anthony Parker?


One can only make approximations to my level of surprise this weekend when I turned on the tubes to see Mr. Anthony Parker playing the point guard for the Toronto Raptors. I found this situation to be unusual because of how strong his play has been without the ball; consequently, it is odd to see him with the ball in his hands.

But after my beginning surprise, it appeared to me after another reflection that Parker is a precisely tested Basketball Player -- not "lead guard" or "off guard" -- unweighted by the restrictions of "position." Because of his incubation period in the Euroleague, he developed all the capacities necessary, to exploit everywhere the facets of the perimeter. None of the requisites -- shooting middle range or longer range, passing, cutting, defending, dribbling -- are foreign for him.

So I present to you the following question: what is a better role player? A specialist, or a Basketball Player like Parker?

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