It would be ironic to see him traded to Cleveland, Sacramento or Toronto.
At the end of the day, in the big-boy world, you have to respect your roll, and at an NBA practice, the coach is the boss. I know that doesn't always hold true with the all-star players with egos the size of our national debt, but Gordon is no all-star.
The whole "humble yourself" thing is very interesting.
Does Ben Gordon and some others on the roster feel that they are above long grueling practices? If so, then they must have forgotten that this team is just a half a season removed from producing the record in the history of the National Basketball Association. They need all the practice they can get and then some.
If this was a true blowup on Gordon's part and not some effort to maneuver his way out of town then he basically needs to shut the hell up, stop dribbling the ball off of his foot and work harder.
I have no problem with that. I like BG, and he's our best outside shooter. You can't knock him for not respecting Dunlap when he has repeatedly, and apparently purposefully, lost us games.
Ben Gordon is far from being some kind of unprofessional thug that disobeys authority. Gordon is easily one of the more tempered and emotionless players in the NBA. All I take out of this situation is that Dunlap has lost the players and the morale in the locker room right now is very poor, giving reason to the lackluster efforts we have been seeing lately.
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Last edited by Catch 22; 02-14-2013 at 02:26 PM.
I'm torn on this one...
I don't remember Ben ever getting into a conflict with anyone ( his fiance is a different story ). I also remember during our 1st draft, Bernie Bickerstaff said that Ben was one of the hardest workers and the most in shape of nearly any prospect he had ever seen. So to me, it's really hard to imagine him doing something like this and being afraid of a hard workout.
This incident on top of the incident this summer where MJ had to speak out in support of Dunlap and the hard practices. Makes me question if Dunlap is indeed the root of the problem.
On the other hand... Dunlap is the coach and if he tells you to stop dribbling the ball, you stop dribbling the ball. Period - end of story...
This whole Dunlap hire is looking worse and worse... It's rare that a successful college coach can make the transition to the NBA, much less a guy that has never coached even at the D-1 level beyond a few games.... Dunlap made his name coaching D-3 kids that were lucky to be still playing after high school. His approach with a pro player on a guaranteed contract can't be the same as with college kids and I think most of the problem is that he most likely treats everyone the same from a D3 scrub to an NBA player.
This situation could get really ugly.
Last edited by JGib23; 02-14-2013 at 02:28 PM.