It has been reported that former Piston and Raptor Carlos Delfino will likely stay in Russia to play ball instead of playing it in Toronto.
And to premise this a bit, I’m not knocking Delfino’s apparent decision to stay put in Russia just because I think he should be playing in the NBA. People do what’s best for their situation and, you know, to each his own.
So as I’ve read more and more at different places about Delfino’s Russia-NBA saga I’ve come away with the opinion that Delfino was never really satisfied with playing in the NBA, and was never truely hell-bent on proving that he even had the goods to stick with the big boys for the long haul. That’s what I’ve been most irritated by since the end of the Delfino era in Detroit. It’s not so much that he’s not playing in the best league in the world, it’s about how he conducted himself while in the NBA that has always irked me.
Something LeOrest published on his blog The Inside really had me thinking, “that sounds about right”.
“Last but not least. it looks as if Carlos Delfino will remain in Russia and not return to the Raptors. He is apparently aggravated that the Raps are ONLY offering him 4 million a year. He wants 5, dead serious. What a guy, does he comprehend that the NBA Salary cap has lowered for the first time in 24 years. This figure does not get the picture when it comes to economic recession does he. Hey Carlos, you only averaged 9 ppg in the NBA and we were playing you 30 minutes. So why don’t you get off your high horse and be thankful for this offer because you deserve less. I say forget about Delfino and get a guy like Matt Barnes, who actually knows his role on a team.”
I especially found the part about knowing your role on a team extremely evident in the case of Delfino.
The guy had/has tons of all around skills, but had a swelled ego and a nagging sense of entitlement following him everywhere. Thus he had little concept of his role on the team. Or he just could never accept his role for what it was. Either way, you get the gist.
Remember when Billups took Delfino out to dinner before the 2006 season to ask Delfino “Are you with us or not“?
That’s never a good sign when a teammate questions your desire like that.
Delfino might have heeded the message for a short time as the above link suggests, but it seems as if not a whole lot has changed in the bigger picture.