By LINDA SIINCLAIR
Point guard is a position on a basketball team that runs the floor, sets up plays and gets the ball into his men for a basket. He probably has the most specialized job on the team and the most responsibility.
Who would you turn over complete control to one person for an entire game offensively: UK, Cal, Robic or Payne?
When you have Tyler Ulis, whom it has been said knows more about basketball than anyone else on the team including maybe the coaches, you can think about it. The coaches are confident with Tyler and how he will run the team. We saw that yesterday when Cal was ejected and Tyler took complete control, except for an occasional suggestion from Kenny Payne.
How many programs would be this confident in one player to let him take as much control as he has? How many programs would have as much confidence in one player as this one has? It speaks highly of Ulis that his teammates, no matter the level of talent, the age or class, listen to him very intently. We are seeing history being made, not with losses or wins, but with the intelligence of one player.
We know there is more to Tyler than basketball IQ but unfortunately that is all the fans are worried about right now. Will it take us to the end of the Big Dance or will we bow out before then?
We hope we bring it all home, but until the time I am going to sit in awe and watch one of the greatest point guards to run up and down the floor. I have three favorites: Magic, Pistol Pete and Lil Louie. And yes I feel comfortably calling them by their nicknames and everyone knows who I am talking about.
One day Tyler will have one that everyone will recognize. Many call him The General, I don’t like that because it reminds me of someone else and he is so much better than that person.