Even though he’s battling for his NBA life right now, Von Wafer doesn’t just want to make the Celtics: he wants to play meaningful minutes. (Slam Online)
“I’m not just trying to make it; I’m trying to play, too,” said the 25-year-old who played overseas last season. “Just making it is not enough for me.”
Not only does Wafer look lost every time he steps on the court, but now he says making the team in itself isn’t enough for him? He wants to play real minutes?
Look, Von, listen to me and listen well. There’s a reason why Brian Scalabrine was so beloved by Doc Rivers, and a reason why the Chicago Bulls signed him this offseason. And that reason wasn’t his perfect physique, I can tell you that.
Coaches love their 15th men to be able to adapt to all situations. They want them to understand when they aren’t playing much. They want them to want to play, but not expect to play. They want them to be proud enough to work hard every day, regardless of playing time, but they also want them to be able to suck in that pride for the team’s well-being.
Von, you’re in a dog fight for the 15th spot. Even if you made the team, you’d be behind Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Delonte West and Marquis Daniels (if not Avery Bradley) on the depth chart. You’d only play in an emergency — if half the team got in foul trouble or if half the team got hurt. You’d spend some of the season sitting on the bench with your warmup suit on, and those would be the good days. The bad days you’d spend with street clothes on, or in Maine with the Red Claws.
If you’re not ready for that, Von, quit the team and accept the offer you’ve got waiting in China. The Celtics don’t need you anyway. Even if you don’t quit, you’ll probably be the next one cut.