Leadership is not a skill. You can't learn it. Leadership is grown into. Anybody has the potential to a great leader should events in childhood and adolescence shape them so.
Which goes back to our current Los Angeles Lakers team and its obvious lack of leadership.
I know everybody (basketball analysts and writers) would like us to think that Kobe is the leader of the Lakers and everything good they do is under the guidance of Kobe's leadership.
It's one of the many open lies of the NBA. Do not confuse "leading by example" with vocal leadership. You need to be vocal to control a locker room and to get a group of equally arrogant sports players to follow you. Kobe lacks this particular skill. Look no further to the past Olympics.
Pundits say that Boston won the championship because they were better and hungrier. This is another open secret-lie! The real reason Boston won the championship was because of leadership.
Look no further than Game 4 when Doc Rivers talked to his players in the huddle during every timeout. How did the Lakers' leadership respond? There were none.
Not from Kobe, not from Phil. Watch Kobe's body language during the timeouts. He said nothing. As a matter of fact, Kobe started walking toward the locker room even before that game ended.
Fast forward to this year, the Lakers are supposed to be best and most talented team in basketball. Yet, the more I watch these Lakers play the more I start seeing the eerie resemblance between this team and the 2007 Dallas Mavericks who lost to Golden State.
A few of other people I know made the same remark. The lack of leadership is even more blatant now than it was a year ago.
Phil Jackson is back to his old habit of letting players figure things out on their own and refusing to call timeouts during crucial stretches while forgetting he's got young players; Derek Fisher is taking contested shots and routinely turning the ball over by driving for layups when he's not wide open (Jeff Van Gundy made the same remark); the bench is routinely getting out of their role (i.e., KG vs. Glen "Big Baby" Davis); Andrew looks lost out there sometimes; Kobe refuses to guard his man past the three point line and just stands under the basket to rebound the ball should his opponent misses so he can race down the other end of the court, and Lamar Odom's moody nonchalant attitude is more prominent this year than it ever has.
A leader would have fixed these issues. I know some of you guys might say Fisher is the leader of the team but he doesn't have power.
Yes, he has the vocal skills but he lacks the game to match it to really get the locker room under his control. Kobe, on the other hand, has the respect to his game but he lacks the vocal skills.
Any of you who have listen to Kobe talk, you'll know what I mean. You wouldn't follow him either!! My question is: Where is Phil Jackson in this, because he seems content to just ignore these issues which will definitely resurface come playoffs time should they stay unsolved.
As a matter of fact when asked about Fisher, here's what Jordan Farmar said: "Derek is a great leader, he doesn't go around saying he's a leader, he just is!"
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