Pivot Points: Houston’s Trevor Ariza Is His Own Man

November 9th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
You can count me among the numerous people who thought Trevor Ariza's move to Houston would prove to be disastrous. I felt Ariza was not the type of player who would thrive under the glow of the spotlight.

If Ariza could hear me, I would offer him my most sincere apologies, because not only has he thrived, but it seems his game has taken a step forward also.

Honestly, who could have blamed me for having converse feelings about Ariza? Up to this point, he had never done anything to merit more than a passing glance as a mainly serviceable player.

Stints in New York and Orlando never proved Ariza would be more than an athletic role player, and most of his success in Los Angeles was credited to the superior team that played around him.

My familiarity with Ariza extends to his days as a high school player in Los Angeles. It is purely coincidence the first time I ever heard his name mentioned was in comparison to LeBron James.

Ariza had an uncle who thought James was unfairly getting all the attention as a top high school player in America, and he unwisely decided to let the world know his sentiments.

This uncle c ...

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