Thornton resides on the bench (Associated Press)
The Bayou Bomber is not familiar with mercy. His contested jump shot shanks opponents’ souls. In the basketball life, Marcus Thornton knows his offense can win games in dramatic fashion. Entering his third season in Sacramento, fans have fallen in love with his fearless fourth quarter demeanor.
While the Baton Rouge native can lay claim to be an exceptional scorer, his presence has muddled the future of 2009 lottery pick Tyreke Evans. The enormously talented but inconsistent Evans shares the same natural position as Thornton, so Kings management continues to speculate whether the two shooting guards can coexist.
The answer is yes, but to avoid the stagnation of ball movement, it would be wise for one player to accept a bench role. That man should be Thornton, because he plays with a chip on his shoulder. Thornton can redefine the sixth man role and reshape his legacy by finding the humility to start a game sitting down.
Williams at a charity event (Getty Images)
Marvin Gaye Williams is looking for love. With a seductive smile, the 25 year old Washington native has no need to count physical blessings. Seven years into an NBA career, the second overall pick of the draft remains an enigma, still working for his first season to average fifteen points. Making matters worse, Deron Williams and Chris Paul were drafted third and fourth respectively, and stand today as franchise cornerstones for the Nets and Clippers. An Atlanta fan base that prayed for the next Carmelo Anthony is ready to file a divorce, blaming the underachieving small forward for the Hawks’ recent playoff struggles. In defense of Williams, his coaching staff never asked him to shoulder the offense, and as a result he found a niche as a reliable role player. But Williams must take responsibility for the slow progression in his game, if he hopes to fulfill the potential his remarkable athleticism will allow.
I love to eat french fries, fried chicken, and cheeseburgers. Doctors warn me that excessive fast food consumption leads to obesity, so I’ve scaled back my diet in an effort to live longer. Obese men can rarely claim to be phenomenal athletes, but big Ted Washington defied the stereotype. A 6’5”, 370 pound nose tackle, Washington dominated NFL trench lines for seventeen years. By the age of 39, he retired as a Super Bowl champion, and stands today as the modern prototype for his position.