Is Too Much Talent the Los Angeles Lakers’ Biggest Problem?

December 29th, 2009 by Teddy Mitrosilis Leave a reply »
Suppose everyday after school, a 16-year-old plays Madden with his 8-year-old brother.

Game after game, day after day, month after month, the older brother demolishes the younger one. It’s not even close. We are talking scores of 56-3.

After a while, the older boy realizes, because he is so much better than his brother, he can do practically anything he wants in the game and still win.

He can play as the Detroit Lions, go for it on 4th-and-30 from his own 10-yard line, and it doesn’t matter. He knows he can’t lose. All the older brother has to do is show up.

Until one day, the 8-year-old gets a little smarter, controls the clock, kicks field goals instead of going for it on fourth down, and ends up winning the game in the fourth quarter. He finally devised a successful plan to beat his brother.

Does this mean the younger boy is indeed “better” than the older one? No. It means he became a little smarter and overcame his lesser abilities to find a way to win.

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