Who Needs to Make the Leap? Generation Y’s Burden.

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Collaborative Posts

 The 2003 class is the only class to have successfully defeated the Generation X class. Wade, James, Bosh and Darko Millicic have played a role in championship teams. So while the Kobe, Shaq, Duncan, Nowitzki, Garnett era is coming to a close, they still have a few more runs left in them. Instead of waiting for those guys to fade away for good (Shaq faded way as ungracefully as any once dominating player has ever faded), I’m waiting for this Generation Y squad to take over. Here are the list of 80’s babies that need to take over the next decade and slip some rings on their fingers. Moreover, here are the guys who now have the pressure of getting a ring to validate themselves in this era. 

 

 

1)Derrick Rose

Yes, I know he had he ACL injury, which buys him about 2 years and maybe a built-in excuse as to why he will never will a championship. We can always point to the “he was going to be great, until he tore his ACL” as the reason why Rose never made the leap. However, I take issue with Rose (or Chicago Bulls fans) who suggest that given a healthy rose, they would have hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy. Not so fast. It seems fans forgot that they lost to a lesser Miami Heat team the year before in 5 games. But of course “the humble one” Rose will get a pass for awhile, but the pressure will soon mount, especially given the fact he plays for his hometown. His hometown may never turn their back on him, but the rest of us will if he can’t stop the Miami Heat freight train from getting “Not 1… Not 2… Not 3…”

 

 2)Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo went from considered being the best scorer and closer in the league to being compared to the likes of Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady as great scorers, who were selfish to ever make the players around them better. Whether or not one thinks this is unfair, Carmelo has never lived up to the hype of being LeBron James’ number 1 rival. When they both left college, they were anointed the next Magic and Bird, although their games bring a lot of media coverage and hype, it’s been a mostly one-sided affair. In the words of Jay-Z, Carmelo has went from top 10 to no mentioned at all. With all the pressure of delivering in playing for New York City, Carmelo has to bring the Knicks deep into the playoffs. 

 

3) Kevin Durant

KD is only 23. But he’s been to an NBA Finals and was almost considered better than LeBron James at a few points during the season. But as the old adage goes: TO BE THE MAN YOU GOT TO BEAT THE MAN. He’s the heir apparent to the King’s throne, but the King’s still in his prime. Sooner or later Durant has to become a better defender and rebounder. To drag in another platitude, youth is wasted on the young, and while Durant is a fan favorite now, a few more failures will bring about “Can he win the big one?” questions.

 

4)Chris Paul 

Considered by many the best “pure” (what ever that means) Point Guard in the history of the game. But Chris Paul has never made it out of the second round. Granted he’s never had much talent surrounding him and he’s always been stuck in the highly competitive West. But at some point and it’s coming soon, criticism is going to come his way. Whether it’s the “injury prone” label or the “overrated” label, it’s coming. CP3 may not need to win a title to avoid the criticism, he definitely needs to make it to the conference finals in the next few years. 

 

 

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