Monday, March 14, 2011
Or more like Kobe Bryant than Shane Battier.
Maybe Barack Obama can't help who he is or the way he attempts to lead.
Maybe Mr Obama was schooled a bit too well in the workings of our government.
Maybe Mr Obama was too successful at being acculturated.
But don't blame his being a soft "Uncle Tom'" Duke-like president on his upbringing.
Dwayne Wade grew up in a town which is 93% white.
Kobe Bryant lived a fairly privileged life in Europe.
I like Grant Hill - he has game.
But he doesn't dominate they way a real leader should.
Duke players seem more concerned about being liked than they do with getting the job done at the next level.
Shane Battier is a solid player but he isn't winning championships.
My message to Barack?
Be more like Dwayne and less like Shane.
Be more like Kobe and less like Grant.
Jalen Rose says that Duke only recruits "Uncle Toms",
people who will do whatever Coach K tells them to do.
(But Coach K also led D.Wade, Lebron and Kobe to gold medals.)
Maybe it's time for Obama to step up his game to better compete at the global level.
Maybe Barack shouldn't worry about missing a game winning shot (as Kobe did early in his career) and begin to focus on a dominant long-term career.
Or maybe Barack should just stop trying to please everyone, make a decision and shoot the damn ball.