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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4 thoughts on “Humble

  1. I get what you are saying and it is annoying when its solely the interviewed players actions that caused the win, yet they take absolutely no credit. To me it comes off not as humble, but completely fake. Like any A-Rod interview. It’s important to be a team player, but give credit where it’s due.

    “My teammates did a great job of setting me up and fortunately I was able to knock down the shot”
    Nothing wrong with that statement, shows that the player acknowledges his actions and at the same time credits his team. Saying yea my shot was awesome only makes you look like an asshole, even if true.

  2. The media are a swarm of parasites that try to hear you slip up on any one sentence and then they feed off of this poor choice of words in order to blow things out of proportion. The last thing a player wants to have on his mind is the media talking about him for one reason or another.(a good example would be the Dwayne Wade Eric Spolestra (sp?) issue that is getting a ton of talk)..after watching the NBA for as long as I have, I am starting to realize how tough it is to have to be interviewed pre and post every game. It’s like a whole second job itself. I don’t blame them for not being creative or emotional or real to the media. To them I bet it seems like a broken record repeating the same shit. No need to change up the attitude toward the media when you’re 2-2 in the conference semi-finals….keep all the effort on the court.