"Always" Next wrote:did it bother anybody else or just me that as soon as Montas shot bounced off the rim for the 35th and final time that he had a huge smile on his face and instantly ran over and started huggin on his opponents? I hate that sh*t! There is too much cameraderie in the NBA among opponents.
That particular instance did not bother me too much as I think it was more like "how the heck did that not bounce in" a smile more from astonishment.
HOWEVER, it is indicitive of the biggest critisism I have of Monta is that (and I have said this many times on this board) he does not appear to take the game very seriously. I dont think he really cares all that much about winning or losing. Sure I dont think he likes losing, but I dont see that BURNING desire to NOT LOSE. The best of the best have that and is in part why I dont see him as a leader.
You can see a STARK difference in this regard between Curry and Monta. I think Monta is just a laid back guy who likes playing the game and loves the money he makes but beyond that, it is just about going out there and "doing your thing".
This is all based on outside observation so I could be offbase, but then when I see the guy spending the entire pre-game shootaround shooting one handed, over the shoulder, backward 3pters instead of working on his game and setting the tone for his young teammates, it confirms this for me.
I agree with bada on the reason for the smile.
I disagree about the desire to win. I also disagree that Curry is SOO much more passionate about winning. I mean, Curry almost seems to have a "tim duncan blank game face" on the whole game. Monta is arguing with the refs constantly (although he does a good job of not taking it over the top like SJac would), and often looks pretty upset during the game.
I also blame Don for never giving the dude a breather. I'm pretty sure monta is leading the league in FULL games played right now. I still can't believe how much Don has makes his best players play even during un-winnable games. We saw it in Baron, Jackson, and now Ellis - that these guys eventually have to learn how to manage their energy on the floor, because they know Don will not take them out. So it looks at times like they don't care, but when you look at how much energy they are putting out over the full game, it's insane.
finally, I know he was having a horrible shooting night, but the dude still had a solid game - 11 asts, 1TO, 5 Stls and tough tough D on Kobe w/ only 3 mins of rest
still coming off a back injury. If he was having an off night, and was like "fvck it" and just out of it I'd agree, but the dude was trying particularly on the defensive end the whole night.