Lockdown504090 wrote:how can he a good player but a bad analyst? he just analyzed the game for 15 years at an all star level. Just because you dont understand his perspective, doesnt necessarily mean hes an idiot. He isnt giving you the objective perspective, hes giving you the perspective from Pierce the perennial all star that just competed with all these guys and beat most of them
Ill give an example FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE.
1.Paul pierce will be low on the current raptors, because five years ago he swept them and broke their back as a player who was past his prime, of course hes not going to have respect for kyle lowry Derozan, or that franchise, especially the way they booed him( I was there, I was one of those people outside)
2.He played agaisnt Lebron for years and was beating him, in the same way the pistons did to MJ. Isiah Thomas doesnt think that highly of MJ because he was beating him. Paul is the same way with lebron. in 09 against the celtics he flat out mailed it in, made some excuse about his elbow, and went to miami just to beat the celtics.
He knows the game really well, because he was a great player, so obvbiously he can analyze the sport, he just isnt there to separate the facts from his emotional opinions, and it makes for entertaining TV.
Actually it's quite easy to be a great player and a bad analyst (or even coach, scout, manager etc.)
Sports IQ and general scouting/analysis/coaching etc. doesn't go hand in hand.
For example, Gretzky was the best hockey player of all time but was an awful NHL head coach.
Jason Kidd was one of the highest IQ players and greatest PG's of all time but was considered a pretty bad head coach.
Jordan is the GOAT but is an awful GM.
But Phil Jackson was an NBA role player and is arguably the greatest coach ever.
Larry Brown never played in the NBA, but is considered one of the greatest coaches ever.
Popovich never played in the NBA but is in the conversation for greatest coach over.
Masai Ujiri played professionally overseas and is arguably the best GM in the league today.
You sound like you never played sports ever. I had friends who were brilliant academic minds, but when they played sports they literally had zero IQ and had the dumbest decision making ever. I had other friends who were degenerates that had **** up lives, but they were much smarter on the court.
I mean just look at how bad Charles and Shaq are in their predictions or player analysis. The most sensible guy out of that group is Ernie, who didn't even play basketball professionally.