Yes, our team has it. Mostly, I should say a few players have it. Unfortunately for our team, it's some of the key players. This quote from the Free Press from Tayshaun Prince tells me why he (and Rip) need to go.
**Edit: he didn't take ownership immediately before the quote, I have read quotes showing he has taken ownership leading up to this game. I'm trying to find them.** (Tayshaun) In response to John Kuester calling out his team for not taking initiative, and none of the veterans stepping up to accept responsibility for being a leader:
"... He's right, but at the same time it goes both ways," Prince said. "We can sit here and continue to get on each other and be vocal, but like I said, the right thing has got to come from him as well as us.
"It goes both ways. He says we got to be more vocal, he has to do some things better, too. Obviously, we're 0-4 so it ain't just the team."
Way to take ownership Tay. Way to be a leader. That was your opportunity, and you pissed on it.
It doesn't matter if Q is at fault as well. You need to lead by example and take ownership for your part of the 0-4. If you do that, the younger guys will follow. Eventually, you will have a team full of players taking responsibility for their roles and controlling the things that they have influence over. That's why Boston is a great team. That's why LA is a great team. Each individual player takes their responsibilities to heart and makes sure they are where they are supposed to be at all times. They never look at someone else for blame because they realize if someone is not taking care of their responsibilities they will be dealt with (ie Dajuan Summers leaving Paul Pierce enough time to have a tea party, then drain an open 3).
This to me smacks of the child that graduates from college and moves back home. They do not go searching for a job, all they do is party with their friends all night and sleep all day. Then when the parents get fed up and start imposing rules, the child has the audacity to tell the parents they are being too strict and unreasonable.
Also, in true athlete form, Tay didn't even address what was presented to him. Kuester said no one is being vocal, no one is being an extension of him in the locker room. Tay responded with, "We can sit here and continue to get on each other and be vocal..." like they are currently talking to one another. Apparently you're not getting on each other Tay, otherwise your coach wouldn't be calling you out for it!
There is too much finger pointing and not enough "stepping up" going on. If Tayshaun was a true leader and veteran, he would take what Kuester is saying as a challenge and let his actions do the talking. When Phil calls out Kobe, Kobe doesn't point out the things that Phil can be doing better. When Pop calls out Duncan he doesn't point out the missed adjustments and incorrect plays he called. They hit the floor, and through their actions prove their coaches wrong.
This reminds me of Chauncey saying he wasn't worried about being down 3-1 (I think it was 3-1) to the Celtics a few years ago. If I could have spoken to Chauncey after he said that I would have been livid. "Not worried?! This is a great team you're playing, and you are down in a huge hole! You better get some urgency in your voice!"
As long as we have this attitude on our team, we are going to be bottom dwellers. It won't matter if we have David Lee, Marc Gasol, Al Jefferson, Chris Paul, Josh Smith or Chris Kaman. As long as our players are not willing to fully accept their responsibilities we will be a lottery team.
By no means am I exonerating Kuester, but he did begin his comments by pointing out his faults and taking ownership for them. That is what grown, mature people do. Obviously some of our players are not grown mature people, and for that, they have to go.