By Marcus Thompson
Friday, March 23rd, 2007 at 9:48 pm in Uncategorized.
I know I wrote today about how much fun Gilbert Arenas is to watch and to follow. But the Warriors have their own showman in Baron.
Those he’s much more business like and cordial when interacting with the public, Baron can certainly play to a crowd on the court. His showdown with Gilbert Arenas, who some Warriors fans still wish was the franchise point guard, was pure theatrics. He was talking trash, pulling out the tricks, celebrating overtly. He made sure the spotlight remained affixed on him, he’s so electrifying.
What was impressive about his play Friday was that he kept it under control at the right times late in the game. Baron likes to make the big play, and sometimes its to his detriment. He’ll go for the dagger three when driving to the basket is the smarter play. He’ll make a fancy pass when a simple one is all they need. He’llpound the ball so he can make the play instead of trusting his teammates.
But Friday was the Baron the Warriors love to see. He made the extra pass. He took the smart shot. He kept it simple.
That’s what the Warriors need from him. He is a captivating player on the court. But the Warriors also need a smart, cerebral leader, someone who can discern between when to take our breath away, and when to allow us to exhale.