Malik's Reaction on Being Scratched 2nite
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01-06-2008, 10:05 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
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You can say what you want about Malik, but I don't think him getting furious about getting benched is a bad thing, in fact it's a good thing. It shows that he cares and you can never blame a player for caring too much. He wants to play and he wants to win. It's that kind of attitude that wins games.
So alright, he's had a bad stretch, a really bad stretch, but who hasn't on this team lately? Just about any player has deserved to be scratched and I think that's part of the reason why Malik gets so upset: he's the one taking the heat.
I'm also one of Malik's bigger defenders on this board, not because I think he's good, but that he's not as bad as people make him out to be.
But regardless of whether or not he actually deserves to be benched (he does), there's a way to handle it and a way not to handle it. This was the latter. Yes, it's good that he's upset about it. Who wouldn't be? But at the same time, he's a grown man and a professional. Act like it. If the report said that he threw a garbage can against the wall and then stewed in front of his locker for a while, then I'd be fine with it. But you don't walk out on your teammates. That's not a winning attitude, that's a selfish attitude.
What if someone had gotten hurt in warmups and they had to put him back in, only he was nowhere to be found? Renney oughta bring down a penalty on Malik here, because there's no excuse for acting like that.
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