After every win I dont see many threads stating good things about particular players in comparison to when we lose and question either JO or Rick.
For the first time in a very long time we have a full first team lineup but because we lost its because Jermaines immature cause he put his fingers up to the miami crowd indicating 2 - 1. Or Rick shouldnt have let Tinsley play closing out the game.
One day its 'Tins should close out games' another day its 'Tins shouldnt have closed out the game.' 'JO is coming back finally' then he gets blamed for not being a good leader yet alot of the same people questioning his leadership skills want to trade him for KG. Is KG a proven leader....nope. In fact JO is a better leader the KG. Reggie stated JO has been the team leader for the past few years and in that time we went to the ECF and lost out partly because of injuries. Last year we all know the story but JO returned early from injury to push us as much as he could and we lost out to the better team in Detroit.
Why is it that Artest can run into the stands and ruin our whole season but then be welcomed back so greatfully the next year. Everyone was rooting for Artest saying he should be leader, he should be the main scoring option etc. and he f'd us over. JO is very loyal to this franchise and alot of people want to 'betray' JO.
Is it a coincedence that since Artest has gone to Sacramento he is less of a defensive presence then he used to be here. When Artest was here and was playing against the LeBrons and Kobes they would know that if they pass Artest there is a good defensive blocker in JO so maybe JO assisted Artests defense greatly.
So lets imagine JO was the one traded and we kept Artest who has been shooting terribly for Sacramento since he joined. Hes something like 10-50 in the past 4 games to name a few. Would we be better off with Artest and no JO? Never. JO is a top 3 PF in the league. He is loyal and has heart and a will to win. He is showing he is happy with change and will do whatever for the team to succeed.
In 4 games back with our full linep we are 2-2 and the 2 games we lost were to 2 of the best teams in the NBA, by a small margin and we had our franchise player still getting back to form and the new offense.
I also seen a thread about Arenas and he is a great player I dont deny that. But did you see the Celtics game when he scored with about 10 secs left to put Wiz up and he started prancing round the court with his 2 middle fingers up. Everyone in that thread loves him but didnt highlight he can also have moments of cockiness. Its because JO is on our team that its highlighted so much but dont say JO should do this or that and not be so cocky then go and dream about having Arenas.