Lots of talk today around Blazer-dom about 'whose team is it?" Roy's? Aldridge's? McMillan's? Allen's?
In the midst of this discussion about who's the Alpha Dog, there is an inherent tone of trying to understand leadership. I know that we've talked about leadership and the Blazers before, but perhaps things have changed since it was last a major topic on this site.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about leadership and basketball - especially related to the Blazers, but feel free to write more generally if you'd like. Some possible topics for discussion:
1) Do you have to put up the biggest stats (esp. points scored) to be the leader?
2) Is there such a thing as bad leadership?
3) Does every team have a leader?
4) Can there only be one leader on a team?
5) And maybe the most relevant: Is this discussion of "whose team is it" really a discussion of leadership or is it about something else?
I could write for pages on this, but let me try to do a quick summary of my thoughts just to get the ball rolling. (I'll probably chime in at other times in this thread to expand on this) Personally, I'd define leadership by identifying who the other players (coaches? front office personnel?) follow. And I'd say that good leadership is filling your role - doing what you are able to do towards helping the team win games - and pro-actively encouraging others to follow your example (ie, challenge them do what they are uniquely able to do).
Let 'er rip...