posted at 10/11/2013 10:46 PM EDT
Green 'played' about 20 minutes and essentially EVERY other player had more assists, more steals, more free throws attempted, and more rebounds than he did.
Another night hanging around on the 3-point line. Another -16 game, and it looked even worse because it appeared (to Gerald Wallace for sure) that he was not in the least involved or concerned.
My new theory is that he knows that he is, in actual fact, not nearly as good as people seem to think he is, or could be.
It can't be that he thinks that he actually is an A-level player somewhere inside but just needs time to tap into that talent. It's a contradiction in terms, a tautology. "I'm an alpha player, but I need it to be coaxed out of me. Left uncoaxed, I might incidentally play like one every 12-14 games or so. But it's coming."
Consider how ludicrous a statement that would be coming out of the mouth of Bryant, James, Harden, Durant, Anthony, Pierce, etc.
Really, if you actually could change direction with the ball wouldn't you do it at least once in a while? But the only cross-over he uses is as a fake to get back to the back-up jumper.
If you could go left wouldn't you do it just for kicks?
If you really could defend wouldn't you be able to at least find Rudy Gay or Thaddeus Young/Evan Turner once in a while? Maybe get the occasional defensive rebound?
And if you were able to score under the hoop, rise up from the scrum and get an 'and-1," you'd want to do it again right?
But if you really can't do any of those things, why go out and try to do them and end up looking bad in the process. Better to let people think you can but something's just getting in the way, darn it, but you're working on it.
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!