mademan wrote: Greyhound wrote:
nzahir wrote:Lou is playing, damn
We need Dwight to play, small margins make the difference in these games
Who was taking care of Dwight's kid most of the time (yes I know he has multiple), was it just the baby mom?
Everyone that matters on the contenders are playing.
Except the ones on the Lakers (that is).
Bradley is gone, Howard will probably follow, then probably another random out the blue (for good measure).
If every contender brings in all their parts, Bradley is going to start looking bad. People can claim his actions to be justified all they want, but if all the other contending players sacrifice for the game (and their teammates), he will look bad.
ya Bradley's never gonna look bad for putting his family and his children first.
Maybe not to you or I, but our opinions are not the ones that matter.
Bradley was in a good spot a couple weeks ago. Several players were voicing concerns about everything (from infectious concerns, bubble restrictions, and even social unrest). Several players involved in the infamous conference call were all threatening sitting out (in a show of solidarity), while others talked of sitting for health concerns.
Fast forward to today.
Coalition boys have bailed and it appears that all players on contending teams are reporting for duty.
Everyone except, Avery Bradley.
When he was just one voice in a wave of voices, he had safety in those numbers. As the numbers have evaporated he is beginning to look more like an outlier then one of many concerned.
This could lead to resentment from teammates, team officials, other team officials, league people.
Here is how it looks in terms of optics:
- You have Coaches that are facing the prospect of being forced to stay out of the bubble threatening legal action if they are not let in. These are guys (65 plus) who could literally die if infected.
They want it.
- After voicing their individual concerns initially, it appears that everyone in position to win something is putting team and teammates first. They want it as well.
Everyone (wants it) except, Avery Bradley.
He, along with Kyrie, inspired a coup amongst the players. They attempted to stir support for a player sit out (for social justice reasons), then once that fell through, he took leave sighting his sons asthma.This, while the most prominent asthma hindered player plays on his team (McGee) and appears to be suiting up.
Can this be viewed as an individual who dabbled in rabble rousing, resorting to unpaid sick leave once his efforts did not garner support?
I think it can.
Athletes are an odd bunch. Michael Jordan still holds resentment towards Scottie Pippin for sitting out a playoff game with a migraine. I can see players resenting Bradley if sit out rates are less then previously anticipated.
Everyone reports for duty, except one guy (who tried to inspire others to do the same, previously). Any way you slice it, that’s not going to look good.
Don't believe the hype...