Jamal Murray lit yet another fire underneath an opposing fan base the other night against the Los Angeles Lakers. During the second quarter, Mason Plumlee chased down Lakers guard Lance Stephenson and blocked him. That ultimately led to a fast break for Murray. However, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Lakers tried to time a chase-down block of his own.
As Murray looked to go up for the layup, he proceeded to pump-fake and let Caldwell-Pope fly by for an uncontested layup. After the ball went through the net, Murray looked at Caldwell-Pope and waved goodbye to Caldwell-Pope for flying past Murray. This was yet another minor antic that annoyed the hell out of the Lakers fan base. It was a bit nostalgic due to what Murray did against the Boston Celtics a few weeks prior.
In all honesty, I am a huge Jamal Murray fan and find his in-game antics hilarious. Nonetheless, I can see why opposing fan bases take them quite personal. They’re complaining that Murray is too cocky to be doing that or he is a (insert explicit term) leads me to ask this question. Are the Denver Nuggets‘ opponents too sensitive to Jamal Murray’s antics?
The small part of me that sees where they are coming from…
I’ve played in hundreds of sporting events throughout my life. Many of them I was the one antagonizing and trying to piss off the opposing team and their fans. While in others, I was the one being antagonized by opposing players. Basically, I have been on both sides of taunting and frankly, I hate taunting.
Call me old-fashioned, but someone who thinks winning is not enough is a piece of work. They think it is only right to humiliate the opponent despite already beating them on the scoreboard. My argument is similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s iconic “Pick n’ Roll” scene from Coach Carter, where he makes his team run for show boating after a landslide victory. (Excuse the Spanish subtitles)
Anyways, I’ve never been a big show-boater, I liked to crush teams, but let the lopsided scoreboard do the talking.
Therefore, I can understand why the Lakers, Celtics and any other fan base that gets annoyed by Murray get quite frustrated. If a player did something of that nature to the Nuggets, I may react similar!
The rest of me that says everyone should grow up
While part of me agrees with the opposing fan-bases annoyance, the rest of me disagrees. I think the opposing team should just stop all the complaining. They should quit saying Murray is cocky and unprofessional just because he’s torching your team.
Do these behind the screen s*** talkers know who has played for their franchises and on their team’s currently? Players like Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Michael Jordan were the kings of humiliating their opponents. They were petty in their own way and they made sure their opponents knew they were being humiliated.
Obviously, I know that Bryant and Jordan accomplished much more in their careers than Murray has far. Yet, the pettiness and the antics have always happened, way before they were consider elite NBA stars. These antics happen on every team and against every team, it just so happens we live in the technological age where enhanced replays occur. Had the hand-wave happened back in 1999, only 17,000 people would have seen it. There would not have been a replay to show the national audience, there would not have been social media to blow the play out of proportion.
All in all, fans need to understand that what goes around, comes around. Jamal Murray will get his where he gets crossed up or dunked on, it’s inevitable. Stop the childishness calling for Murray’s head or injuries. Your team got stomped, Murray exaggerated a bit, so just move on.
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