Philadelphia fans love a hardworking, blue-collared player. They also respect the players that give it their all on every play.
When a player just “goes through the motions,” it’s considered a slap in the face to not only the team, but to the fans.
That is why Andres Nocioni might be losing some support from the fans (if he even had any before).
As I mentioned in a previous article, Nocioni could be a victim to the NBA’s Amnesty Clause, so he may not even be donning the Sixers uniform this season. In fact, he might not even play in the league anymore after his most recent comments.
“It’s just that one must not forget what the essence of this sport is,” said Nocioni regarding his status playing overseas. “As much as I play in another world, I like this. I’m very much a small-town man. I’m happy in this atmosphere, with people shouting and supporting us, with the respect showed by my teammates, playing with friends like Leo Gutiérrez and Sergio Hernández.”
Currently, Nocioni is enjoying his time playing in his home country, Argentina. There’s nothing wrong with that. But then Nocioni added a remark that definitely won’t sit well with the fans.
“I enjoyed this much more than I would winning an NBA title. I’m happy like this, here I play because I like it and I can feel it, there in the United States I play because it’s my job,” said Nocioni.
Yikes. His first mistake was saying that winning the title is not his top priority. But adding that he only plays because it’s a “job” in the NBA means that Nocioni couldn’t care less about his team. In other words, Nocioni is doing what every fan hates: going through the motions.
And that is proven with his play on the court. In 17.2 MPG in 2010, Nocioni contributed just six points and three rebounds per game.
At this point, I’m hoping the Sixers utilize the Amnesty Clause on him; not only to cut salary, but to rid themselves of someone who isn’t giving it his all. I respect the honesty, as does Larry Brown Sports, but this is just not the right thing to say, especially when you’re on a team that is on the upswing.
Nocioni can be replaced very easily. His presence on the team isn’t going to affect the team either way. If he is so passionate about playing overseas in his own country, than I commend him for that. Instead of “going through the motions” and collecting a paycheck in the NBA, Nocioni needs to return back to the place he is the most fervent about playing for.
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