The only way I made it in professional basketball was being
a team player.Everyone has a role to
play in life and on a team. That is what basketball is, a team sport.That is what I am, a team player in life and
I get upset when games are marketed as individual players
matching up and not the teams matching up. Without all of the players on a
team, there is no team. That guy at the end of the bench, maybe a walk on, is a
very important part of the team. The manager and trainers are all a part of a
team, tirelessly working together for a common goal, to put the TEAM in a position
to be successful.
That being shared, even losses are important to the success
of a team, learning from failure is often the best way to improve and excel
TEAM, not TIEAM.
But man, is it going to be exciting to watch DeAndre Kane go
against Shabazz Napier!
Friday night's first game at Madison Square Garden with the
winner advancing to the Elite Eight will feature these two "heavy weights"
battling for the berth. Both great players, their stats are very impressive and
Here is how they compare: Napier is 6-1 by 180, Kane; 6-4
200 lbs. (this is the biggest disparity)
Here is the stat comparison:
17.1, Napier 17.8
6.8, Napier 5.9
5.8, Napier 6.7
USA TODAY Sports ranked them among the top 5 of the 10 best
players, Kane No. 4, Napier No. 5
Iowa State 28-7, UConn 28-8
I love Kane's approach. He said Thursday, "Big opportunity.
There will be times when we're one-on-one, but it's not going to be like that
the whole game.It's not going to be just about us.It's about Iowa State against UConn."
Because they are such similar players, yet Kane is a bit
bigger, you should see help if Napier were to use his quickness and get a step
on Kane.This is needed to keep Kane out
of foul trouble, especially early in the game.
Who is needed to provide this help to keep Kane on the
"What an intense matchup," said Melvin Ejim, Iowa
State's top scorer and Big 12 player of the year. "It's that matchup
everyone's been waiting for."
Sounds like a great teammate.
Iowa State wins this one in a battle to the finish. Not Kane, but Iowa State.