Paul George – Trade me or Lakers 2018… and Traded…

好久好久沒寫NBA的東西,平常看看轉播在Facebook紀錄一下精彩時刻就很足夠了。可是這次Paul George交易的新聞,真的好糾結啊!這大概是Reggie退休後,對溜馬最糾結的一次…. I have to let it out…

2016-17球季,溜馬的確打得不太好。再加上季後賽被騎士橫掃,難得打了好球,最後又被逆轉。在溜馬出局的那個半夜,真正擔心的是…糟糕打成這樣… PG還待得下去嗎?當然輸球是全隊的責任,PG身為球隊明星小前鋒要擔起來,而他沒有得到隊友足夠的支援也是事實,心灰意冷是難免的。尤其在現在流行“打不贏就加入他”的風氣下,眼看他在美國隊的隊友們一個一個報隊組團,PG還待得下Indiana小城市嗎?溜馬一向都是自己養成明星球員,Indiana雖然是個籃球大城,但卻不是明星球員會想來組團的大城市。

PG是個土生土長的加州人,從小視Kobe為偶像,他喜歡Lakers是大家都知道的事。我可以了解他的職業生涯或許有一天會想回去LA打球,但不解的是他在合約還有一年的時候,就放出Lakers 2018的新聞,兩個星期後就成真了。

2017/6/18 PG才剛在Indy Star訪問時說”I’m a Pacer. There’s no way around that. This is my team, my group and this is where I’m at.” “It’s all about bringing a championship to Indiana,” 看到他這麼說我真的很感動,就算不是永生溜馬人,我真的好希望他能待在Indiana再拼拼看冠軍,一年、三年、五年都好,我想看他帶溜馬拿下隊史第一個NBA總冠軍,每年我都許願如果溜馬冠軍,我一定買PG球衣。

看來是買不到了…. 😦

有討厭他到要燒他球衣燒海報嗎?不會,除非他主動說他要去報名LeBron James的球隊,不然我真的不會討厭他。他在新人球季帶來的驚喜,每一次季後賽扛起球隊和LBJ對抗,還有受重傷後重返球場,這一切我都記得。我很欣賞PG(雖然不像喜歡Reggie和KG那樣喜歡),他是個很認真的好球員,也有很強的企圖心,我真的好高興溜馬有新希望了,而且是Reggie退休後,最強最接近冠軍的代表球星。也因為這樣,傷心失望感也更強烈…

我一直都知道不能用Reggie的標準來看現在的NBA,他的精神太難能可貴了,時代也已經變了,在Paul Pierce離開C’s之後,都可以看淡所有的交易了。但曾幾何時,我也希望Indiana能有一個代表的看板球星,對PG的期待越來越高,不只是他的大合約,而是他對印城的感情。記得曾經他說過想跟Reggie一樣,成為印城的代表球星。PG你怎麼可以在季初說出這麼感人的話,一個球季後馬上推翻呢?我真的不懂…..

George returned to Indianapolis in September and thanked Miller for creating a path for him to follow.

“I’ve been adopted here,” George said. “I feel I have birthed a new generation of basketball players. I feel like I’ve been iconic to the next generation of kids that will grow up the same way that they grew up loving Reggie and still have that admiration for Reggie. I’m a part of them and I am a Hoosier.”
– Indy Star George on Miller: ‘The love that he had here, it’s what I want’

交易傳聞出現後,我一直選擇不相信。但直到Thunders洗版我的Facebook和Twitter動態,PG也發文和Indiana說再見,那一刻起再怎麼不想相信,也只能接受了。

說真的,這次交易換到誰我都不在乎(除非是換來Westbrook 哈哈),球員可以練,球隊陣容可以重組,但一個城市失去賦予眾望的明星球員的失落,我覺得是任何交易都沒辦法彌補的… 尤其是像Indiana這樣熱愛籃球的小市場城市。”A king should never leave his kingdom,” said Reggie Miller. 去年KD加入勇士的時候,Reggie在Bleacher Report發表過這篇文章。

And while I get all of this, stars in small markets have a greater obligation to their fans.

People always ask, “What made you stay in Indiana for all those years?”

This is the best way I can answer that question: Your checkout teller at the grocery store, the attendant at the gas station, the ushers, the waiters, the waitresses—all these fans laughed and cheered with me, and they cried with me after the losses to Shaq, MJ and the Knicks.

We were in it together.

I could not look at those fans had I gone somewhere else. I could not win a championship in Miami like LeBron, popping bubbly and all that, knowing there’s a group in Indiana that stayed with me when I wasn’t able to win a title. I couldn’t turn my back on that fanbase and say, “Yay, I got a ring!”

– Bleacher Report Kevin Durant Traded a Sacred Legacy for Cheap Jewelry

交易的隔天,Reggie也Tweet了一樣的看法。哈哈,他說要MJ加入真的有幽默到。同時我也好像有那麼一點了解….. Indiana may not be a huge kingdom, but it has only one King, #31 and only Reggie Miller. I had hope for PG13. But eventually, he’s not the new one. It’s ok, at least I’ve watched Reggie play, I learned everything about NBA from Reggie, and I’m genuinely grateful for that. There may be a new king in the future, or there may not be. Pacers may be a champion team in the future, or not. But there’s one thing for sure, I knew 18 years was rare and precious, and now I appreciate Reggie’s legacy more than ever.

下個球季溜馬不知道會怎麼樣,希望PG在OKC跟Westbrook可以聯手和勇士對抗一下,如果不小心打到了Finals,那就…. Finals見了。

最後來回顧一下,就是這球,毫無畏懼切入過了LBJ灌倒Birdman,讓我開始覺得PG真的會是下一個帶領溜馬的新星,背景Reggie講評說”We’re seeing a superstar in the making here with Paul George.” 那時候對溜馬充滿希望。現在只能回顧往事了… 好吧~Let’s Go Pacers!

 

(cover photo credited to http://wallpapersafari.com/w/K9cWve/)

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