Today's question of the day (and don't think because we've had a poll for several days in a row now and we are calling this a daily poll that there will actually be a poll everyday) is whether Porter should bench Amare.
I was thinking about this for a bit last night while watching Portland / Boston on ESPN replay at 1am - if Amare comes out tonight in the first quarter and is not bringing it on the defensive end and on the glass should he be benched.
I think the obvious answer is yes. So much so that the poll result is predicted to by about 97% in favor (based on independent polling with a MOE +/- 7.2%).
But is it really that simple? No. If you bench a guy like Amare and you are a new coach without the bench cred of a Phil Jax or Popoguru you run the real risk of losing him altogether. Amare is a kid (yes, at 26 he's very much a kid) who wants to do the right thing. I don't think he's a spoiled brat of an athlete and I don't think he's the kind of guy that would tank it on purpose. He's no Vince Carter.
With Amare we've seen him lose something of his fire and get into a rut based on his trying not to get fouls and trying to balance playing under control and being aggressive and getting his points. I also suspect that he feels like he can somehow "save" himself like a relief pitcher and chooses to do so on the defensive end.
I could be wrong. He could just be lazy and uninterested but I just don't get that from him. I see an immature kid trying (and failing) to do the right thing.
Back to the question. If Porter does bench Amare would that make things worse? Is it a risk worth taking at this point? Ponder that and respond away.
Should Coach Porter bench Amare if he comes out early in the game without enough effort and focus even if he risks losing him or making things worse?
Yes. Amare needs the lesson and it's worth the price in the long run (53 votes)
No. Amare is doing his best and needs love not spankings (25 votes)
Hey Stan. Stop asking me these questions and get off the computer and go do your chores you lazy ass (18 votes)
96 total votes