First of all let me fill you in on a little history to help you better understand this blog: Last season (2010-2011) Rodrique Beaubois, #3 on the Dallas Mavericks started the season off being hurt. When announced later in the season that he was getting better and will play again soon, fans and media got excited. People believed Beaubois, also known as Roddy B., would be everything the Mavs have been waiting for. The Roddy bandwagon had started. Even after his rough start coming back fans still believed, until playoffs were here and Roddy did not turn out to be what they expected.
On January 19th Rodrigue Beaubois had a pretty good game against the Utah Jazz making a total of 17 points. Roddy was the second highest scorer for the Mavs that night, the first being Sean Marion with 22 points. Roddy’s one great game got his fans excited again. The next day on ESPN Dallas radio 103.3 during ‘Galloway and Company’ Randy Galloway and Matt Mosley got the chance to talk to Mavericks head coach, Rick Carlisle. In the conversation Randy and Matt started talking about the hype and excitement that fans and media had again for Roddy B. after the game. Rick said, “That’s one of the issues with Roddy is that you know the perception of him as an entertainer vs. the reality of him as a competitor. What we need is Roddy the competitor and what you guys love is Roddy the entertainer. And look I mean what wins is Roddy the competitor.” The coach continues with talking about Roddy’s great game last night, and how he played as the player they want and need him to be. Rick states that he believes Roddy can do it and is on track to be more consistent. He said Roddy’s teammates are helping him with this by praising him when he earns it and by holding him accountable for his actions on the court. When Randy and Matt bring back the bandwagon talk, coach Carlisle response, “Hold on let me just say one thing about this though, If you are really going to be a responsible Roddy B. fan, if you really want this guy to be everything you want him to be you gotta be talking about it on the air, in your broadcasting, about how the guy needs to compete and not just do some spectacular things every once in a while. Your giving him bad reinforcement by only reinforcing the spectacular plays and not getting on him when he doesn’t play hard enough.”
This really makes me happy that coach Carlisle says this because I am not a fan of Roddy B’s spectacular moves on the court during games. When Roddy tries to put on a show with his moves it seems to get him and the team into trouble with turnovers and costing the Mavericks points. I have always felt that hRoddy B was not a good player because of his need to show off. Maybe if Roddy focuses more and tries to be more of a competitor he will be more consistent and prove me wrong. So although it is all up to Roddy to do this, I agree with what the coach says, and I hope his fans start getting more excited about his competitiveness and less enthused about his amazing moves.