湖人年轻球员现在需要站出来发声

发布:Jerry 时间:2019-01-24 21:04 阅读:430 点击收藏

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作者:Kevin Ding
译者:Gavin
校对:小A&邦邦

还记得赛季初所说的吗?所有人都说这支球队是“勒布朗·詹姆斯与一群像海绵一样不断吸收知识的年轻球员”所组成的。这些年轻的湖人球员们都是出色的学生,他们非常善于聆听,充满好奇心,而且能提出很好的问题。他们十分真诚地追求学习知识,努力完善自我。

正是这种学习的心态,让这些年轻的湖人球员与詹姆斯渊博的知识和卓越的领导能力相完美契合。

毋庸置疑,当你仍有很多东西亟待学习,而又一夜之间成为了詹姆斯球队中的一员时,做一名好的倾听者至关重要。詹姆斯从来都不会独揽大权,但他无疑是这支球队的核心——同时,他还是一名演说家,政治积极分子,甚至还是一位志在成为主演的演员。勒布朗影响力超群,但这也自然而然地削弱了对他身边的那些正试图创造影响力的年轻球员的关注度。

然而,詹姆斯的缺阵提醒了我们,加强这些年轻球员的话语权是多么重要——又是多么困难。因此当你看到朗佐·鲍尔在投进一记三分球为加时赛定下基调后仰天长啸,你会觉得之前所有的等待都是值得的。周四晚上在俄克拉荷马城的胜利,就像是一场颠覆性的成就,让我们看到这支年轻的湖人在詹姆斯缺阵的情况下,始终信心满满,艰难地昂首带走胜利。

被湖人主教练卢克·沃顿称之为“将军”的老将们——詹姆斯和他的新队友拉简·隆多——都未能上场。因此,沃顿将另一名新来的老将泰森·钱德勒排入了首发阵容。他称钱德勒为“一名非常有影响力的球员”。在那以后,湖人队取得两连胜。钱德勒帮助一些队友在“成为成熟、认真的倾听者”和“在勒布朗缺阵时,要想赢球你们必须成为领袖”之间找到了更平衡的立足点。

相信这些年轻球员能成为很好的倾听者的乐观情绪背后,有着一个被遗忘的因素。上赛季结束后,魔术师约翰逊担心球队里很多年轻球员都过于“安静”了。莫·瓦格纳之所以被选中,部分原因就是他善于积极地表达自己的想法。魔术师约翰逊知道让年轻球员在联盟中发声,并成为赢家的不可估量的价值。

周四的胜利可能是迄今为止凯尔·库兹马和布兰登·英格拉姆在职业生涯中,最为冷静、最具领导力的一场比赛,也是伊维察·祖巴茨和约什·哈特最具进攻性、最为自信的一场比赛。魔术师约翰逊在推特上写道,“湖人国度,我们年轻的@湖人,在今晚战胜雷霆的比赛中长大了!”

詹姆斯也表达了相同的观点。其中值得一提的是,他在推文中使用了“先生们”一词——“干得好,先生们!!!了不起的胜利!!!@湖人#湖人秀”——来祝贺他的队友们。

而在加时赛终结雷霆的五位“先生们”年方几何呢?鲍尔,21岁;英格拉姆,21岁;祖巴茨,21岁;哈特,23岁;以及库兹马,23岁。

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期望如此年轻的球员知道什么才是应该说的,这公平吗?关注自身的影响力一部分而不是无关发声者的身份,知道该说什么才能真正把球队联系起来。

在失去詹姆斯的最糟糕的这段时间里,沃顿看到这些年轻球员们不知道何为上策。有时失利的沮丧会让他们产生沃顿口中的“我需要去做点什么”的那种自我、误入歧途的反应,而不是谈论我们应该如何纠正上一场比赛中的哪些错误,或是重新关注在下一场比赛中我们需要执行什么战术。

从这个角度来看,最近的挣扎对湖人不无益处。这种好处甚至会延续到詹姆斯伤愈复出以后——因为有他在球队中,每个人的角色都会被清晰地重新划分,从而发挥出球队的最高水平。

现在他们要学会的是,必须是为了服务于更大的利益发声。

“随着年龄的增长,你会学到很多东西。”沃顿说道。

让我们回到去年四月份,看看魔术师约翰逊是如何评价鲍尔的:

“作为球队的控球后卫,你必须跟你的队友说,’嘿,哥们,刚才那次投篮太糟糕了。’或是’嘿,我们需要你表现得更好。’他现在必须要在第四节比赛中做到这些。 ”

“当然,今年他还是一名新秀。但我告诉他,下个赛季就不能这样了。他必须挺身而出,接过领导者的角色。而且当球队防守松懈的时候,他必须要指出来。或者当我们需要放缓比赛节奏时,他必须要说出来。“

“他不必改变自己,变得喋喋不休。这太假。但是在比赛关键时刻,他必须站出来说话。”

有一种误解认为,鲍尔在球队中根本没有发言权。实际上,他是湖人队在赛场之外最有趣、最有吸引力的队友之一。当然,他还在培养自己的领导风格以及组织进攻时指挥队友的能力。但更重要的是,他能比大多数球员都更好地掌控球队的正确打法。

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鲍尔通常是一名团队型球员。周二战胜公牛的比赛,是他在整个赛季中,首次在个人得分上领先湖人全队。钱德勒提到,在那场比赛中,鲍尔确实和他公开探讨了关键球战术。鲍尔告诉钱德勒,他必须得到空位,这样他才能将球喂给他。

期待鲍尔在赛季初就能更多发声是不现实的。他在休赛期进行了膝盖手术,对比赛已经生疏。而引进隆多的主要原因,就是他作为控球后卫,能对比赛产生影响。同时不出所料,詹姆斯加盟的全球影响力将鲍尔的当地故事挤出了头条。

鲍尔的打法与球队的理念一拍即合,因此湖人需要他更多发声,从而坚持球队的理念……特别是当詹姆斯不在的时候。诀窍在于,当他个人表现出色的时候,他就更愿意和球队交流。

“对我来说,行动更为重要,”他说道,“如果你连自己的工作都做不好,你就无权发声。”

然而,在周四的比赛中,在鲍尔由于争议犯规导致球队被拖入加时赛后,他对队友们说的话——在他令人难忘的命中三分后的骄傲咆哮之前——没有后悔,不受环境影响。

“我告诉队友,接下来5分钟让我来搞定威斯,”鲍尔说道,“自我感觉表现还不错吧。”

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他们依然是出色的倾听者。

尽管鲍尔在谈到这种层面上的语言领导力时说道“对我来说是全新的体验,对布兰登·英格拉姆来说也是新鲜事”,将更为坦率的库兹马排除在外,但是库兹马这个赛季接受教练指导的意愿可能甚至会比他去年新秀赛季时更加强烈。

在周四的加时赛中,库兹马没有庆祝自己的关键得分,而是在接下来的暂停期间,专心听取首席助理教练布莱恩·肖的建议;在此之前,库兹马没能控制住一个近在咫尺的防守篮板。库兹马在比赛前半段的一次转换中强行出手导致他被按在板凳席上。库兹马也为这个错误承担了责任组后果。
很久之前,在季前赛的最后一场比赛结束后,隆多像一个骄傲的学长一样,在球队飞机的过道上踱步,而湖人的年轻球员们则在专注地研究比赛录像,就仿佛在课堂上埋头苦读,勤奋地复习着几何课上所学章节一样。据隆多估计,当时飞机上大概有12名球员在看比赛录像。这些年轻球员“如此渴望学习”的渴求让他大吃一惊。

这一点没有改变。鲍尔说,在隆多的指导下,他的挡拆后的选择与终结能力都有了十足的进步:“我百分之百感谢他。”这两人一直在球队训练后,一起研究如何帮助鲍尔稳稳地上篮得分。而祖巴茨的成功则在很大程度上,与经验丰富的中锋贾维尔·麦基和钱德勒传授给他的,关于如何简化比赛的经验有关——创造出一条传球路线,或是直接挤向篮筐附近的扣篮点。

球队的目标,就是让球员们既能愉快地倾听、学习,也能轻松地表述、分享,就仿佛在日常生活中一样。今天吸取他人智慧,明日将其传递下去。

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英格拉姆很好地承担起了发声的职责——与队友、球队工作人员、裁判、媒体、球迷等等——这已经悄然成为他在本赛季的一个重大变化。这是他在NBA的第三个赛季。这一转变使英格拉姆能展显出沃顿所说的“最好的英格拉姆”,也就是能够在球队内发声的那名球员。

詹姆斯缺阵的时候,通常是英格拉姆在指挥进攻。有些时候,球队的进攻会因为各种强投而停滞不前;有些时候也会像对阵雷霆的上半场一样,英格拉姆发挥出色,送出9次助攻串联全队。

但是看看在周二战胜芝加哥公牛的比赛中,沃顿对于“最好的英格拉姆”对球队的影响的描述。这远高于他在传球、投篮和防守中寻求平衡的能力:

“他在叫战术和指挥队友跑位上完全掌控了局势。”沃顿说道。

无论有没有勒布朗,球员们越能自信地发声,整支球队就会越好。

英格拉姆极高的全能性在很多方面都是这支球队的模板,进攻或防守、表达或倾听、无论那时那刻需要做些什么。

现在,这些年轻球员真正需要发声。

而且他们已经开始理解这些声音的力量。

原文:
TIME IS NOW FOR YOUNG LAKERS TO STRENGTHEN VOICES
KEVIN DING

Remember the narrative entering the season? It was basically about LeBron James and a bunch of sponges. What good students these young Lakers players are. They listen so well. They are curious and ask good questions. They are so sincere in their quest for knowledge and self-improvement.

And that learner’s mentality made for a potentially wonderful match with James’ immense knowledge and dominant leadership.

It is true: Being good listeners is vital when there is much more to be learned and you are moved into James’ band overnight. He has never been a soloist, but he is the clear lead singer—and speechmaker, political activist and even ready-for-leading-man actor. LeBron’s voice is as powerful as they come, which naturally must lessen the focus for those around him in developing their own voices.

Yet James’ injury absence has been a reminder of how important it remains for the Lakers’ young players to strengthen those voices—and how difficult it is. That’s also why it feels so rewarding when you see Lonzo Ball unleash a primal scream after his deep three-pointer goes down to set the tone for overtime. The victory Thursday night in Oklahoma City feels like a paradigm-shifting achievement because we’ve seen the young Lakers struggle to stand tall and consistently confident without James at their side.

The vets whom Lakers coach Luke Walton calls “generals”—James and fellow veteran newcomer Rajon Rondo—were both sidelined, so Walton turned to another veteran newcomer in Tyson Chandler to join the starting lineup, citing Chandler as “a very vocal player.” The Lakers are 2-0 since, with Chandler helping certain teammates find more balanced footing between being earnest listeners by age and you’d-better-be leaders without LeBron if the team is going to win.

A forgotten element in that optimism about the youngsters being good listeners was Magic Johnson’s concern as soon as last season ended that so many of them were “quiet.” Moe Wagner was drafted partly for his vigor in vocal energy. Johnson understood the incalculable value of the young players finding their voices to become winners in this league.

And after the Thursday victory that included possible career highs in controlled, leadership voice from Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram and in aggressive, confident voice from Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart, Johnson tweeted: “Laker Nation, our young @Lakers grew up tonight with the victory over OKC!”
It was a similar sentiment from James, notably using the word “men” in his tweet—“YesSir Men!!! Helluva WIN!!! @Lakers #LakeShow”—to congratulate his teammates.
The ages of the five “men” to get the job done in overtime in OKC? Ball, 21; Ingram, 21; Zubac, 21; Hart, 23; and Kuzma, 23.

Is it fair to expect guys that young to know the right things to say? Part of developing that voice isn’t even whether you’re mouse or man when it comes to the mouth, it’s knowing what to say that will actually connect a group.

In the Lakers’ worst moments without James, Walton has seen his young players not know the best response. Rather than talking about what mistake to correct on the last play, or refocusing on what needs to be executed for the next play, frustration sometimes led to what Walton described as a more internally focused, misguided response of “I need to do something.”

In that regard, the recent struggles should serve the Lakers well even when James returns to action—because with him around, everyone else’s role is clearly categorized again as what’s best for the team.

The lesson now is that the voice always has to be something that serves the greater good.

“Little things you learn as you mature,” Walton said.

Let’s rewind to last April and what Johnson had to say about Ball:

“When you’re the point guard, you have to be able to say, ‘Hey, man, that was a bad shot.’ Or ‘Hey, we need you to step your game up.’ He has got to do that now in the fourth quarter.

“This year, of course, he was a rookie, rolled with the punches and didn’t say too much. Next season, I told him he can’t do that. He’s got to step up into that leadership role. And when they’re not playing defense, he’s got to say it. Or if we need a big stop, he has to say it.

“He doesn’t have to change who he is and talk all the time, because that’s phony. But in crucial moments of the game, he has to say something.”

There’s a misconception that Ball fundamentally lacks voice. He’s actually one of the Lakers’ more entertaining, engaging teammates behind the scenes. He is certainly still developing his leadership style, along with his ability to direct teammates in organizing an offensive set, but it’s important to realize that he has a better grasp than most of the right way for the team to play.

Ball’s default is to be that team guy. Tuesday was the first time all season he led the Lakers in individual scoring. And Chandler noted Ball did speak up with him during that game about a key play, encouraging Chandler that he had to get open for Ball to feed him the ball.

It was just unrealistic to expect Ball to enter this season with more voice. He was rusty from his offseason knee surgery. Rondo was brought in largely for his voice at point guard. James’ arrival of global proportions predictably moved Ball’s local story off the front page.

Because Ball is innately in tune with the team concept, however, his voice is one the Lakers need more in order to stay true to the team concept … especially when James is out. The trick is that Ball is more comfortable talking to the team when he’s performing individually.

“For me, it’s more about action,” he said. “I don’t think you can talk if you’re not doing your job.”

However, what Ball said to the guys after he was called for a controversial foul that led to overtime Thursday—before his memorable post-three howl of pride—was hardly limited by regret or context.

“I told my teammates I got ‘em for the next five minutes,” Ball said. “And I feel I did pretty good.”

They’re still good listeners.

Even though Ball leaves the more outspoken Kuzma out when saying vocal leadership at this level is “new for me. It’s new for B.I.,” Kuzma’s willingness to be coached has been probably even plainer this season than when he was a rookie last year.

Rather than celebrating a big shot he hit in overtime Thursday, Kuzma stopped to listen intently to advice from associate head coach Brian Shaw as the ensuing timeout began; Kuzma had failed to control an available defensive rebound before that. After forcing his own shot in a transition opportunity and being benched earlier in the game, Kuzma took responsibility for that mistake also.

Way back after the final preseason game, Rondo was the proud proctor walking through the team plane while the young Lakers pored over game video, hunched over as if at their desks in class and diligently finishing some geometry chapter review. Rondo estimated 12 players were studying film on the plane and was blown away by the young players “wanting to learn so much.”

That hasn’t changed. Ball said his pick-and-roll decisions and finishes have advanced via Rondo’s ongoing tutelage: “I appreciate him 100 percent.” Those two have been staying together after practices to work on Ball converting available layups. Much of Zubac’s success can be tied to executing the lessons experienced centers JaVale McGee and Chandler have imparted about simplifying the game—creating a passing lane or just hustling to the dunking spot near the rim.

The goal, same as it is in normal life, is for players to be equally capable and comfortable when listening and learning as when speaking and sharing. Take in wisdom one day, pass some on another.

Ingram’s complete embrace of being more vocal—with teammates, team staff, referees, media, fans, whomever—has quietly been a major change this season, his third in the NBA. That shift is what has made it possible for Ingram to show what Walton calls “the best version” of Ingram, which is someone who can give his voice to the team.

While James has been out, it has often been Ingram running the offense. Sometimes it has stalled out with forced shots; sometimes it has revved the way it did for Ingram to have nine first-half assists against the Thunder.

But check out how Walton described Ingram’s “best version” effect on the team in the victory over Chicago on Tuesday. It transcends him balancing passing, shooting and defending:

“He was taking control as far as calling the plays and getting guys in spots,” Walton said.

With or without LeBron, the more confident voices there are, the better off the whole team will be.

Ingram’s max versatility is in many ways the team’s template. Offense or defense. Speak or listen. Whatever is needed at the time.

For now, the young guys have needed to speak.

And they’re starting to understand the power of those voices.

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