James Posey has been getting a lot of heat around here lately. Personally I can't complain. I found myself in recent years wanting an old school vet who's cool under pressure, plays physical, gritty basketball. So now we have one, so I can't be mad. Posey will usually not look pretty when on the court, but I see something in Posey. Specifically, I saw something in Fridays game that I can't get out my head. James Posey is a "glue guy" on any team he plays for. It's just him.
Late in the 4th quarter the Pacers needed to inbound the ball up by one, they call timeout. They are expecting the Hornets to foul so the main focus of the time out is get the ball in bounds to the guy who we want to shoot two free throws (which turns out to be Posey but that's not the point). In the waning seconds of the time out the camera shifts over to Posey, JOB, and Collison standing around mid court. Posey was emphatically talking to JOB. He had his arms stretched out and was making a face at JOB that would suggest he disagreed or didn't understand what JOB was asking. Posey wasn't going to let this go. He was not going to do something he felt was wrong. So he replies with what appears to be his ideas on the current strategy. Even Collison steps up and chimes in his two cents, presumably agreeing with Posey. Whats even more interesting is JOB appears to concede to Posey, at least from the TV broadcast. Granted I don't attend games as frequent as many of you (I see the Pacers when they're in Denver) So I don't have the opportunity to see how everyone interacts. My question is when was the last time this team had a vet who seems to have JOB's ear? You can go back and look at the Fox Sports Indiana broadcast and see for yourself. I will admit this could all be a miss-communication, and Posey just didn't know the play for example, but this is what I feel I saw, and I wish I didn't delete the broadcast so I could watch it again before posting this. I think Posey has JOB's attention because of his innate semi-tactful leadership.
1. Am I over blowing this? Maybe I am, but I have watched as many Pacer games as possible on NBALP, and I don't remember a guy that could discuss strategy with JOB in the way Posey appeared to do.
2. Have players been vocal with JOB during his tenure? Something tells me JOB doesn't take advice from TJ or Rush.
3. If so who?
4. If a player in the past has been vocal with JOB does he appear to listen?
5. Is this demonstrative leadership style from Posey negative for the young guys going forward?
I especially love Posey for this because Collison was right behind him, and the PG, if no one else, needs to be able to communicate, and be heard.
6. Did anyone else see this?
I understand how some could be down on Posey. I was never a huge fan of his when he played anywhere else, and still don't know too much about him. Maybe he becomes a conduit for player coach communication. Something every team needs. I don't think it matters one bit to Posey what team he's on, who the coach is, or who his teammates are. He is going to speak and be heard, and that's intangible.