There’s been a lot of talk about players to mentor Lillard or Leonard.
First, some history on mentoring: Socrates mentored Plato. Plato mentored Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great mentored filmmaker Oliver Stone. We all know how this turned out. In Stone’s 2004 movie ‘Alexander’ Colin Ferrell had blond hair. Fail.
(This is not to suggest that [insert mentor here] will result in a Blond Damian, but you do have to wonder about his lineage. Who names their kid with a name pretty much the same as the evil monster in the Omen movies? Is he the love child of Gregory Peck and Mrs. Lillard? Dunno, but I trust TMZ to get to the bottom of this explosive rumor I just started.)
Hokay, seriously . . .
What does an NBA mentor really do? If Lillard is being Mentored by [insert mentor here] they’re probably not on the court at the same time. Or on the bench at the same time. So the assumption is that The Mentor will somehow magically bond with Lillard and impart his wisdom in practice. Or on the plane. Or over two rations of Happy Meals. And provide Lillard with the tools to reduce The Mentor’s playing time.
And what about The Mentor’s playing style? The hope seems to be that Lillard could turn into a Rose/Westbrook type – an aggressive scoring PG. Are there Mentors available with that mindset? (Kirk Hinrich, etc: fail.)
So here’s my take: find a retired player with a career/mindset similar to what the Blazers hope Lillard can become. (Suggestions?) Put them together for a while and see how the chemistry is. If it’s good, hire the guy as an assistant coach who focuses on Lillard. If not, rinse and repeat. There has to be someone out there.
And as for a Leonard Mentor : Is Robert Parrish doing anything these days? The Chief could run the floor and hit the jumper.