A slow start is never a good thing for any professional athlete.
Slumps can happen at any time and nobody is immune. But when that slump comes at the start of a lockout-shortened season, it is even more distasteful.
In some cases, a player who gets off to a slow start is playing well but just not having any luck. In other cases, he may be slightly off form or perhaps a tad out of shape.
But each game that goes by means that the pressure increases. In some cases, it multiplies dramatically.
Instead of throwing a player out there game after game, a coach may want to consider benching that player. Not as a punishment, but just to change his perspective—for one game at least.
Here are six players that need a temporary benching to clear their heads.