Remember the reviews of Ben McLemore when he first left Kansas?
He was a magician with the ball but Houdini without it. He'd score; he'd be the best athlete on the floor; he'd finish at the rim; and then – with crunch time creeping up – he'd disappear. And that would be it for Ben McLemore, never to be heard from again on that night.
Seemingly everyone wrote that
about McLemore heading into the 2013 NBA Draft. Seemingly everyone was on the same page about a guy whose talent was explosive but whose use of that talent was suspect.
Maybe those criticisms got to McLemore's head. There's a chance it affected the way he played. There are some crazy conspiracy theories out there to be had.
Suppose McLemore actually took the "disappearing act" critique personally. Suppose all he wanted to do upon his NBA entrance was to prove the people who said that about him completely wrong. Maybe that explains why he wouldn't pass the ball at the Las Veg You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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