Spurs|チームを長年支えてきたビッグ3が去り、『リーダーシップ』を引き継ぐのはラマーカス・オルドリッジと...?

一昨年のTimmyに続いて、この夏はManuが引退を表明。Tonyはより大きな活躍の場を求めてシャーロットに移籍。Spursは長くチームを支えてきた『ビッグ3』を全員失った。

練習やキャンプにいまだ顔を出しているOBさんたち。

 

Kawhi騒動が収まったいま、Spursをめぐるホットな話題に『リーダーシップ』がある。新生Spursを率いる選手のひとりは、昨シーズン、エースを欠いたチームを文字通り馬車馬となって牽引したLaMarcus Aldridgeであることは間違いない。

 

LaMarcus、新生Spursを語る。

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By Jeff McDonald | Sep. 29, 2018

“It’s a whole new team,” Aldridge said. “It’s about finding how to play with guys, and see how certain guys play with other guys. Establishing our defensive mindset. Last year, even when our offense kind of sputtered, our defense was always there for us. We’re trying to get that back intact, and getting guys locked in on defense and letting the offense come to us.”

“our offense kind of sputtered”のところ、思わず声を出して笑ってしまった。本当にひどかったですよね(笑)。

 

Spursのリーダーシップを、LaMarcusら選手とPopが語る。

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By Tom Orsborn | September 28, 2018

LaMarcusは自分に加えて、Demarの名前を挙げる。

"I'm going to try to be a leader as I've always been in my career," said six-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, 33. "I might not be that overly vocal guy, but I definitely lead by example. I pull guys to the side. I talk to the guys." 

Aldridge, a 13th-year pro, believes four-time All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan is the logical choice to aid him as a de facto captain.

"DeMar was a leader in Toronto," Aldridge said. "It's naturally going to fall to him and I."

リーグ10年目となるDeMarにも自負がうかがえる。

"I'm going into my 10th year in the league, so with the knowledge and everything I've gained in this league, if I can help the next guy, that's what it is all about," he said. 

若きPGくんもコート上で声を出して、LMAと共にチームを率いていく気満々だ。

"I'm a guy that's willing to speak how I feel," Murray, 22, said. "That plays a big role in being a leader...Me and L.A. speak all the time in games. I tell him what I see, if I feel like he rushed a shot or something like that. To see him allow me to do that, shows I can be a leader."

大ボスPopはしかし、ロッカールームでのリーダー的な役割はPGの重責を担うことになるDJではなく、ベテラン組のLaMarcusとPattyに期待している。

But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated he doesn't expect Murray to run the locker room at this point.

"Luckily, he's got some vets there like LaMarcus and Patty to lean on in that regard," Popovich said. "What he's got to be able to do is run the show (on the court) well. He doesn't have to think about all the philosophical things and the psychology of the team. We'll take care of that, along with some of the older players. He's got a lot on his plate just running the show. The leadership part will grow as years go by."

別の記事からも。

“I think some things will probably develop in the locker room,” said Popovich Sunday before the team’s first preseason game against the Miami Heat. “Last year LA (LaMarcus Aldridge) was fantastic. He just realized his position on the team, Manu (Ginobili) was a great help to him because he watched Manu in the locker room, in time outs, all that sort of thing – how he conducted himself. So, LA made a huge step last year in that regard.”

via Project Spurs

 

一口に『リーダーシップ』といっても、様々なレイヤー、ニュアンスがある。そういえばTim Duncanの偉大さを問われたMontyさんは、最高の選手が範を示す例として、Timmyのキャリア無遅刻を挙げていた。

  

Duncanのリーダーシップで思い出すのは、こちらの記事。

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いろいろなチームがSpursの成功を見て模倣を試みたがうまくいかなかった。その理由は簡単。

They don't have Tim Duncan.

Mike Budenholzerの言葉が印象に残っている。

But in the Spurs' day-to-day operations, Duncan's emotional intelligence was the connective tissue that held together Popovich's disciplined structure. Duncan would readily pass the mantle to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, then celebrate their success as if it was his own.

"The thing that amazed me about how Timmy built relationships was how subtle it was -- the touch, the arm around the shoulder, the thing that would look like little or nothing to outsiders," Budenholzer says. "It affected people, maybe because it was subtle and under-the-radar."

 

実はTimmyもManuもいなくなったSpursを応援することができるのかしらと、若干不安を覚えていた。そうして迎えたプレシーズン開幕戦、DJが中距離ジャンパーを成功させるのを見て、その日はずっとウキウキ。心配無用でした。

Go Spurs!

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