This quote by Uncle Buck in another thread makes me wonder if something very important may have happened with our most important player:
If interactions like these continue to occur, and grow in number, this team could really go somewhere.
In the past, I don't see JT having the moral authority to talk to teammates this way. It's hard to demand total excellence from others when you yourself don't demand total excellence of yourself. What's changed?
I'm wondering if literally dodging several bullets may end up being the very thing Tins needed to get serious about basketball and become the mature leader we need to take us far into the playoffs.
Let's face it, Tins is the typical guy who has skated by on talent. He is enormously talented. But he's been a slacker on defense, an irresponsible one-on-one street baller, and an off-the-court party man.
He gets away with it because of talent. We all know guys like him. Some of them never grow up. But some of them have epiphanies at some point in life and rock their worlds.
I'm hoping that this may have happened to our "mercurial" point guard.