Posted 28 March 2003 - 06:26 PM
[quote name='insanity_gallops' date='Mar 28 2003, 01:59 PM']All this talk of Messier reminds me of MJ's comments after a Wizards' loss a week or so ago.
He said there's something wrong when the only 40-year-old on the team is outhustling and outplaying teammates 20 years younger in an attempt to get the team into the playoffs.
From what I'd seen of Messier this year, he always hustled on every shift, was always dedicated to the game and kept focused. Sure, he's lost a step and it can be argued that he should have been given a lesser role on the team (there was some stat circulating that the Rangers were almost perfect in games where Messier played less than 11 minutes), but the same arguments could be made for even our beloved Stevens. He's not the same as he used to be, but he's still valuable, he's still respected around the league, and he can still get the job done when he's called on. Personally I think Stevens is in better shape (in a few ways) than Messier is these days, but that's that.
Like it was said before, if more Rangers had played with Messier's intensity and focus, they would have made the playoffs.
And if they had any sort of core group of guys that actually had chemistry. But that's getting off the Messier-related-rant.
Well said insanity. Your comparison to what Jordan said about his teammates is right on.
Messier gave his all this year but his teammates did not.
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