Colin Cowherd raised one hell of a point this morning on “The Herd” (ESPN Radio/ESPNU).
Dirk Nowitkzi’s call out to the media on Jason Terry’s lack of being clutch in the NBA Finals was a showcase of leadership, not of a player throwing another player under the bus.
Derrick Rose won’t do that. Kevin Durant won’t do that. Maybe it’s because they are still really young and for now they just want to be ‘liked’.
Look at all the leaders in the history of the NBA: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant…
Leadership is not getting along with people. Just like in a relationship or marriage, leadership is conflict management. You have to say unpopular things and make tough decisions, and people are going to be pissed off afterwards.
After every Bulls loss, Rose emitted to the press, “…It was all on me.” No, it wasn’t, Derrick. That’s not leadership. That’s the easy way out. If you and your spouse get into an argument, it’s the easy way out to say, “It’s all on me, honey!” That doesn’t resolve anything — that just sweeps problems under the rug only to be found later.
Dirk Nowitzki going out and saying “Yeah, Jet (Jason Terry) has not really been that great. I need help.” is his claim to be a leader. I give him all the credit in the world.
We all know that Rose doesn’t ‘show his leadership’ behind closed doors (ala the locker room) because he has a reputation inside the NBA as a nice guy. Everybody likes him. He’s a swell guy, he’s super nice and he’s soft spoken. The bottom line is this: Kobe Bryant goes to the microphone and he calls out his teammates. Y’know what that does? It makes the papers and sports talk radio. After that, Kobe has to go to the Lakers’ locker room and argue with teammates and get into their faces. That’s what Michael Jordan did. Jordan punched Steve Kerr.
Boys and girls, guys and gals, did you see Dwyane Wade get up into LeBron James’s face on Sunday night during game 3 of the Finals? That’s called leadership. Wade barked into LeBron’s ear. Did you see LeBron snap back at him?
Young players want to get along with everybody. They want to be everybody’s best buddy.
Dirk’s a leader. Get off his case and quit saying that he’s “throwing Terry under the bus.” Nowitzki is being a leader.