Posted by Sam on May 20, 2012
I understand that being humble is a good quality to have. No one likes someone who goes around gloating about all of their accomplishments. I get this. But since I’ve been watching the NBA playoffs a lot it seems like this quality is getting carried away by some people. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of cocky players in the NBA but in a lot of these post game interviews I think players are being too humble.
One thing in particular is when one player was obviously the player of the game or the reason they won. I’m specifically when Iguodala hit the go-ahead 2 against the Celtics and then the 3-ball with under a minute left to pretty much seal the deal. In the post-game interview he never gave himself any credit for hitting the shots. He might say something like “My teammates did a great job of setting me up and fortunately I was able to knock down the shot” (always have to give credit to the teammates) but why is it so bad to say “Yeah I mean, me making those two shots pretty much ended it, I was clutch.” It’s a true statement that no one would say about themselves. The person’s teammates however would give all the credit to Andre for hitting the big shots. Of course they would, he was the man of the game and hit the big shots? I wonder what an obvious player of the game would say if they were asked in the post-game interview “Who was the player of the game for you guys?” Would he just flat out say “Me.” (Kobe would which is why I like Kobe), should he? Why not? It’s the truth. But you always have to be humble and can’t take all of the credit.
However, flip the table and say he misses those shots and the Sixers lose. He would almost definitely say something in the post-game interview like “Yeah, it’s my fault, my teammates set me up perfectly and I had the opportunity but I just didn’t get it done.” It’s not only okay to take credit for the loss, but it’s expected. How come it doesn’t work that way for a win? Obviously a win or a loss doesn’t come from one person but a single person will take full responsibility for a loss but almost always defer credit to his team and coaching if they win. What do his teammates say about him if they lose because of him? They would never blame it on him. They would say that there were plenty of things the team could have done throughout the game to get the win but it’s definitely not the one guy who missed the big shots fault. Of course not.
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