Since reading the one-on-one with Steve from CelticsBlog, I've been thinking a lot about leadership. His comments about KG resonated with me, particularly "I truly believe that KG was responsible not just for his physical play defensively but for changing the culture in Boston with his attitude toward working hard."
I imagine most everyone would say that Brandon is the leader on this team. His teammates chose him as their captain. But he is certainly not the same kind of leader as KG. I don't see players trying to emulate him (other than watching Sergio trying to worm his way to the basket against the Wizards. It didn't work.) I don't know if he wants to be like K#b# and let his teammates carry the game and then take over in the 4th quarter if necessary, but it doesn't seem to me that he really becomes Brandon Roy until late in games.
When I read Jason Quick's article this morning about Brandon not speaking up in the locker room post game and wanting to be alone with his thoughts I thought "a leader SHOULD be speaking up." Mike & Mike talked last night about probably a players-only meeting happening soon, but someone has to call it and obviously Roy did not.
I do see him out on the floor in quick huddles with the team (which seems to be occuring much more frequently this year and I'm glad to see it) but I don't know what he's saying or even if he's the one talking.
I don't see him changing the culture in Portland. And maybe that isn't necessary as the players are all growing up together. Maybe the culture doesn't need changing. I see him as a strong player, but just haven't seen what I consider leadership. (Which I guess I would describe as inspiring his teammates.)
I'm just curious as to your take on leadership. Why is Brandon considered the leader? What do you see him doing that constitutes leadership? What would you like to see him do? What would you like to see the other players do that would show they look to him for leadership? What do you think about his silence in the locker room? Is he all about what the Blazers can do for Brandon Roy rather than what Brandon Roy can do for the Blazers? I don't really have a strong opinion yet on what constitutes championship level team leadership or on BRoy as a leader - I'm just starting to explore the idea and want to hear other thoughts.