Saturday, January 21, 2006

Oscar Robertson and Rick Barry Agree with Me

From the PD:

James said he has to make the adjustment to become more selfish late in games. Barry, however, said it is not about being selfish.

"It's about being smart," said Barry, who was the only man to lead the NCAA, NBA and old ABA in scoring. "It's about being smart enough to take the open shot and only passing if your man is open for a layup. It's about being smart enough to go to the hole and possibly drawing the foul and working on your free throws. I can help him with that by showing him how to do it underhanded."

Robertson, the only man to average a triple double for an entire NBA season, said the game-winning shots will come. Learning how to play during those crucial seconds takes time.

"It's something you have to learn," Robertson said. "You can't worry about missing a shot or a free throw because it's going to happen.

"The criticism he's receiving comes with being a great player . . . Cleveland has not won in a long time and if [the fans] think one player is going to take them to the promised land, they're mistaken. You need complementary players and a bench. They're not there yet."

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