My congratulations to both LeBron James and Tim Duncan for showing the young people in this country, and around the world, how grown-ups should behave. They respect each other, their own teammates, their opposing teammates, the referees, and the public in general. They play their games as hard as they can, and each desperately wants his team to win. However, they always remember that they are gentlemen and that many young people will do what they see them do.
They are both leaders and they support and inspire their teammates to be the best that they can be. Neither of them demands any special treatment, and neither of them would belittle their own teammates. Their relationships with each other and with their teammates are at least partially responsible for some of the success of the Heat and the Spurs.
As this article is being written the NBA Championship Series is tied at 1-1. The games have been extremely exciting and either team could become the champion. In the meantime, fans all around the world are getting the opportunity to see the greatest player in the history of the NBA lead his team against the most disciplined one. My brother and I picked the Spurs to win it all, I do not know about him, but right now I'm feeling very shaky.
Derek Fisher is the new head coach of the New York Knicks. He reportedly has a contract for five years at the rate of $5 million per year. That is a very nice salary, and I have been given to understand that all of the money is guaranteed. Aside from the money, being head coach of either the Knicks or for the Lakers will be a horrible experience for anyone who tries to do it.
Both teams missed the playoffs last year, and they are not likely to be any better this season. It seems to me that it may be at least three years before either of them has a contending team. So, this is going to be a very hard job for Derek. He is one of the smartest and toughest people in the entire world, and if anyone can lead the Knicks out of the wilderness, it will be him.
It seems to me that the management team of the Lakers is totally disorganized and confused. They cannot fit another player under the salary cap. This means that they may have up to two more years of being saddled with the low productivity of this effort. It appears to me that neither team has any cap space that could be used to create a better team. So, the fans had better be prepared for several years of losing, before they become winners.
I am not a hockey fan. However I would be remiss if I did not offer my congratulations to a team that has earned so many astounding successes this year. Go Kings!
[To contact John Randolph Rogers, email: Jorrogers@aol.]