Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Coming off a 27-point performance in a loss to Sacramento on Sunday night, Leandro Barbosa posted just 12 points in Monday's 105-87 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies. But don't let that discourage you from picking up the Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Expect increased minutes and bigger numbers from Barbosa as starter Steve Nash rests for the playoffs.

From David Thorpe's Scouting Report
He couldn't win a high school dunk contest. He'd never make an "All-Airport team." He's heard as many detractors as supporters in his career, especially during his early years.

But despite his obvious limitations, Steve Nash is one of the three or four most talented players in the NBA. Yes, talented.

Steve Nash's eyes see things that most point guards can't.

Talent is sometimes a misunderstood word. In basketball, talent is normally the label applied to speed, power, quickness, jumping ability, agility, scoring aptitude and other overt physical traits.

But I believe talent is often hidden and internal. It includes what we often call "personal qualities." And that's why I consider Nash a uniquely talented player.

We all know it isn't his size, strength or speed that makes him the best point guard in the game ... so what exactly is it?

(While I'm intrigued, I'm not paying for a subscription for the rest of the article)

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