Breaking news just 2 days before the start of the NBA Finals: Jameer Nelson is coming back.
Or at least his Orlando Magic teammates say he is. Jameer, on the other hand, remains skeptical. And right fully so.
If indeed Stan Van Gundy decides to play his former starting point guard, you may as well hand the Los Angeles Lakers the championship trophy. It will be their undoing. Nelson hasn’t played since mid-February, but I suppose the logic dictates that they’ll need to throw everything they’ve got at the suddenly focused Laker squad.
In this case, logic is wrong. Dude was written off for the rest of the year. It’s called season ending surgery for a reason. Hell even in this case, where Nelson may be physically all right to play, he’s not there mentally. He’s rusty, and the game’s biggest stage isn’t the place to shake off said rust. Teams usually try to bring back injured players maybe a month before the season so they can work into game shape, mentally and physically, so they can then coast through the first round of the playoffs and hopefully be 100% when the big championship push is being made.
If this happens, Jameer has an extremely limited amount of time to work himself back. One could say up to 7 games, but he will prove to be a liability while on the court and that number will likely shrink as the Lakers take game after game because of this tactical folly.
Furthermore, what the hell does this say about team morale if the players themselves are calling him out to play? Shouldn’t they be riding high and confident at this point after upending the Cleveland Cavaliers?
All eyes on you indeed, Jameer. D-O-O-M.