One of the most interesting things about having Rudy on the team could be his affect on Nate McMillian. I often see Rudy's play involving all the things that drive Nate crazy. He takes risk with wild passes, his play is flashy. He takes risk on defense. He is chaotic on a team run by Nate, who sometimes seem to have O.C.D. A control freak perhaps? We've all seen him pull players (Sergio) for getting overly creative, or for making the kind of mistake that comes with being a gambling type player.
And yet, Rudy gets away with it, gets minutes, because even McMillian cannot deny his skills. He is ultimately a good force for our team and no one can deny it. So what must this do to Nate? I think it could be an amazing learning experience. Nobody would think for a second of trying to change Rudy,, so does this change Nates perspective on what kind of player can make a team better? Does it force him to let the boys just play without fearing being pulled? Will he even begin to add more creativity too his coaching? Could Nate teach Rudy to focus his skills so that he is even more effective? I realize this is a lot like other post, Alpha, Omega, Offense, and Playing with rudy. I am thinking more of how and if this changes Nate. Is it driving him crazy or is he starting to relax and enjoy it? (P.S. I wrote this during halftime, is Nic's defence on Tracy great or am I imaging that, and he can finish! Thank god he didn't somehow end up on a team coached by Larry Brown!)