I am not sure if I am reading this correctly, but do I actually see someone stating Marcus Smart ISN'T captain material?
I've never heard of Jeff Clark, so I am not putting much weight into this insult of a take. Hell, if it wasn't mid-August I probably wouldn't have even come across it. However, it is still worth acknowledging just how out of touch this article is. So kudos to him for getting a rise out of people, I guess? I hate to do this, but check out his article here.
I will preface this by giving Jeff some credit in his argument here. He brought up that Isaiah Thomas and Kevin Garnett were never even captains. Not a bad point. Those guys were on a captain level in my mind as well. However, timing plays a huge factor into this. Marcus Smart has been in green far longer than Isaiah Thomas was and Kevin Garnett played with one of the greatest Celtics of all-time while he was here, Paul Pierce (who was the captain at the time). So there it is, the best point I believe he brought up, quickly silenced.
Marcus Smart is the leader of this team. He is the longest tenured player. He does everything no one else wants to nor is able to do. He is one of the most unique players in the league. Marcus Smart is the definition of what a captain should be. He hustles. He grinds. He leads. Team before me.
I read this entire article. It was tough, in all honesty. This guy goes from saying Smart is no captain straight to saying things like don't get me wrong I love Smart. That is like telling someone "no offense, but you're fat." You've already made your point. You can't back-peddle now.
This entire article is a dumpster pit of god-awfulness. Jeff probably knows it too. But let's look at some of the most contradictory and foolish paragraphs ever written:
If your eyes aren't bleeding and your skull is still intact after reading that, let's continue here as we start to wrap up...
Jeff seems to believe your on-court skill is the only barometer of whether or not a player is worth being a captain. Especially if you take some questionable 3-point shots... If I could get the young guys to buy-in to as much as Smart has, I would be over-the-moon thrilled.
To me, a captain is a leader. A guy that will do anything for his team, no matter what it takes. Diving on the floor? Sacrificing his body? Sure. Defending your superstar and getting in someone's face? Hell yes. Making game-winning plays? 100%. You don't have to cross people up to be a leader.
Celtics Nation, Marcus Smart is MY CAPTAIN.
PS: Jeff Clark probably thinks Kyrie Irving was captain material...