Expectations in the NBA aren’t always realistic. Players are never as great as people say they are, and most aren’t ever as bad as they seem. But in the minds of all players, they think that they’re the best in the world.
I don’t care if they’re the first name called or the 15th man on the bench, they still think they’re the best.
For example, Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers goes out every game and truly believes that he is the greatest player on the court — greater than Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Just ask Dwyane Wade.
“He actually thinks he’s the best player on this team, and that’s a gift and a curse,” Wade said of Chalmers (via USAToday.com) during the 2012 NBA Finals.
And that’s the way things should be.
Every player in the league should have the confidence to carry their team, regardless of if their skills permit it. Yet for some reason, when Derrick Rose answered the question of who’s the best player in the NBA right now with a simple, “Derrick Rose,” it irked people, especially Heat fans.
They understand that Rose is coming back with the pressure of the world on his shoulders, but his two-word answer seemed delusional for a guy that hasn’t played in over a year. He wasn’t even the best player in the game when he went down with his ACL injury.
I guess that’s why his response drew a chuckle from the interviewer and everyone watching.
Maybe it was the way that he answered the question in third-person, instead of just saying, “me.” Or perhaps it was the fact that Miami feels slighted by the Chicago Bulls and their fans. Fans that felt like a depleted Bulls team would have beat Miami if it weren’t for LeBron’s so-called flopping.
Those are the same fans that fail to acknowledge that Miami ran over Chicago 4-1 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, when the Bulls were a completely healthy team with a completely healthy MVP (Rose) and Coach of the Year in Tom Thibodeau.
And that was all in a year where the “Big 3” were still figuring things out.
No disrespect to Rose, but even when he ditches his humble guy act, he still knows that James is an unstoppable force.
“A 6-foot-8 guy that’s 250 [pounds],” said Rose to CNN about the hardest player in the league to guard. “What do you think?”
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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.