Five Eastern Conference Players On The Hot Seat: T.J. Ford, Larry Hughes, Jason Williams, Yi Jianlian, & Josh Smith
However, the perks come with one major catch: expectations. Each season, fans, media, and coaches focus on a few players who have failed to meet expectations. Some of these ballers crumble under the pressure, which leads to an even greater backlash; fans boo, media scribes criticize, and organizations leave pink-slips in lockers …
Most of us envy the NBA-baller lifestyle. We dream of seven figure pay checks and souped-up SUVs with shiny spinners that blind the eye. Of course, some argue that money, cars, and profile help with the opposite sex, too.
However, the perks come with one major catch: expectations. Each season, fans, media, and coaches focus on a few players who have failed to meet expectations. Some of these ballers crumble under the pressure, which leads to an even greater backlash; fans boo, media scribes criticize, and organizations leave pink-slips in lockers.
Recently, CNNSI named fifteen Eastern Conference players who are facing enormous expectations for the upcoming season:
1) Rajon Rondo,
2) Adam Morrison,
3) Ben Wallace,
4) Daniel Gibson,
5) Chauncey Billups,
6) Dwyane Wade,
7) Mo Williams,
Nets. Nenad Krstic, New Jersey
Knicks. Stephon Marbury, New York
10) Rashard Lewis,
11) Andre Iguodala,
12) Jason Kapono,
13) Gil Arenas,
Pacers. Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana
15) Acie Law V1,
I like CNNSI’s list. But others player are under pressure, too. So HoopsVibe The Blog decided to come up with our own list of five Eastern Conference ballers who may some feel heat this upcoming season. As always, read the post and hit us up with your thoughts in the comment box below.
1) T.J. Ford, Toronto Raptors.
Why He’s On The Spot: Ford had a solid 2006-07 season in the T-dot, but there’s a feeling the Raps’ long-term future lies with back-up Jose Calderon. The Spaniard’s rookie deal expires in June, so
2) Larry Hughes,
Why He’s On The Spot: Hughes and the Cavaliers have been an odd match since day one-just like that old man Michael Douglas ending up with the beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones. Hughes, who signed a max deal with
3) Jason Williams, Miami Heat.
Why He’s On the Spot: Smush Parker wants his minutes, Mike Bibby-to-Miami trade rumors keep popping-up on the net, and J-Wills’ contract expires in July. Changes could soon be coming for the point guard formerly known as White Chocolate. But Williams understands the circumstances and had a strong camp for the Heat.
4) Yi Jianlin, Milwaukee Bucks.
Why He’s On The Spot: Some blame Yi for this summer’s standoff with
5) Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks.
Why He’s On the Spot: Smith is one of the NBA’s most athletic players and seems to have a nightly clip on ESPN highlights. The hi-flying Hawk and former dunk champ also had a great end-of-season run in
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