December 14, 2006

Stats don't always tell the story

Sometimes in games you have to throw every stat out the window. Whether it is missed shots or turnovers or something else similar, there are times when stats just do not tell how good of a player you have just seen.

For instance, years ago I had the opportunity to see LeBron James before he entered the NBA. That day James went 0-9 from three-point range as he finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to go with seven turnovers.

He looked like a guy that simply could not shoot from long range and a player that certainly needed to go to college.

However, one look deeper revealed a player that was going to be truly special. He was a man among boys and although his shots were not falling, his skill level and dominance of his opponents was obvious.

That brings us to Wednesday night at McKale Center where people in attendance saw Jerryd Bayless play one of his worst games of his life against Tucson High School.

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