To dance, or not to dance, that was the question Sunday night as the introductions of the Eastern Conference team took place opening the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center in Orlando. When Dwight Howard and LeBron James were introduced they both shimmied and shook, delighting the crowd. When Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s name was announced, he showed he wanted no part of the pre-game theatrics, as he looked at the pair as if they were denizens of another planet and then just waved to the crowd.
After the comeback attempt by the East fell short and they lost to the Western squad by a final margin of 152-149, the reigning NBA MVP was asked why he did not partake in the hi-jinks during the introductions according to a report from “ESPN.com” on Monday. Rose replied “I can dance. But there’s a time and place for that and I don’t think it was right, then and there. You just know that’s me, man. If you would have saw me out there dancing, you would have been looking at me different. I’m just me. I can’t be anybody else. I think that’s what people see.”
That mindset is the reason that D-Rose is a leader and not a follower; on the court and in life as well. That is the reason that as an unproven rookie he was able to take charge on the floor during his first campaign in the Association, which earned him Rookie Of The Year honors. It is also the reason that with the right amount of help, this young man will give the “Windy City” their first NBA Title since a guy named Jordan played for the Bulls.
Just because you are an upper level player in the Association, it is not a given that you are a shepherd and not a sheep. James proved that he was a follower before last season when he bailed on the Cleveland Cavaliers so he could grab onto the cape of Dwyane Wade in Miami. For all his dominance on the court, Dwight Howard does not truly strike me as the kind of guy that wants to make that crucial decision. He will be the good soldier and run through a wall for you, but he needs to be directed to do so.
By choosing not to dance, the Bulls point guard showed that he has enough confidence in his own manhood that he does not to follow the crowd. That is one of the many factors that make him one of the best floor generals in the Association today.