Guard Your Grill

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 18, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — As we get closer to the NBA Finals, they are only four point guards remaining: Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Phoenix’s Steve Nash, L.A.’s Derek Fisher and Orlando’s Jameer Nelson.

But what makes a good point guard?

The job of a NBA point guard is equivalent to that of a NFL quarterback in football because they are the hands and eyes of the coach on the field and on the court.

It is a glamorous position to have but a difficult one to posses. If you win you are rewarded and celebrated.

But if the team loses, you get the blame. If a certain player doesn’t get the ball, you get the blame. If you don’t perform to the level expected of you, you will be criticized by the press, benched by the coach, and traded without question.

Your job requirements are too numerous to name and your responsibilities are plentiful. Your job is a tough one.

Don’t apply for the position if you are not ready.

You must direct plays while dribbling as you look for an open player cutting to the basket without hesitation. You must know how to manage the game, know when to speed it up and when to slow it down.

You must know when it is time to score and when it is time to pass.

You must be ability to score off the dribble, hit the open jumper, break the full court press, set up the pick and roll, box-out and play face to face, chest to chest, man-to-man defense.

And even when you are smaller than your opponent, you must take it strong to the hole unafraid of being fouled.

And you must be an excellent free throw shooter even when you are gasping for air.

And despite your size and short comings, you must be willing to sacrifice your body for the greater “good” of the team and stand boldly and take an offensive charge to win the game.

So, tell me, what are you going to be, a winner or a loser?

There are no time for excuses. Failure is not an option.

Second place means you lost. Now, the ball is in your hand.

The decision is yours. The game is on the line.

There’s only six seconds on the clock. Your heart is pounding.

Sweat is pouring down your face.

Your defender is guarding you so tight you can smell what he had for lunch.

So tell me, what are you going to do? Pass or shoot.

Only a true point guard knows…….