franktony wrote:CablexDeadpool wrote:franktony wrote:
I don't think a player goes from second fiddle to MVP caliber and posting a 30 per season has a poor work ethic...
He had scoliosis and wasn't even supposed to play pro-ball as long as he did.
He admits it. He has interviews saying that the scoliosis didn't even bother him during his first 10 years in the NBA. Heck, Usain Bolt has scoliosis.
I don't doubt he worked hard to become pro and a star. But what separates guys with similar talent is work ethic during a long period of time. That's what separates guys like T-Mac and Kobe. Kobe did it for 20 years dealing with several types of injuries. T-Mac peaked at the age of 23 and 6 years later he was already done.
does work ethic account for the shoulder/knee issues he played through? the knee issue i referenced was one he came back early from to play in the post season..ended up getting surgery again and he was never the same since. tmac also peaked in houston where he became a complete player he wasnt 23 at any point there.