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Jul 22

Video: Nolan Smith Calls Concussion a 'Blessing In Disguise'

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012summerleague, NolanSmith

You can have differences of opinion when it comes to what kind of player Nolan Smith is. Is he a point guard, shooting guard or combo guard? Can he be a starter in the NBA? Was he the right pick at No. 21 in the 2011 NBA Draft? These are questions that, at the very least, can be legitimately debated.

But one thing that absolutely cannot be questioned is Nolan's attitude toward his career and life in general. I've never meet person, let alone an NBA player, who, regardless of the situation, is always keeping his eye on the positive. You could dump hot coffee on his lap and he'd likely tell you, "No big deal. I was a little cold anyway."

It's that fierce allegiance to remaining positive that allows Nolan to describe sustaining a concussion in the second game of the Las Vegas Summer League as a "blessing in disguise" while actually believing the words coming out of his mouth. If I were in Nolan's situation, I'd bemoan there being no 2011 summer league (lockout), having to sit out the second half of Portland's first 2012 summer league game (ankle) and missing the final three games (concussion) after tallying 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists against the Rockets.

But not Nolan. Rather than wondering what he's done to bring on such rotten luck, he just keeps finding the blessing in every situation. I'm not a Christian, but I have the utmost respect and admiration for people who are truly grounded in their faith. Nolan personifies that to the fullest.

2 Comments

  1. I'm a firm believer that we r in TOTAL control of our own happiness/success; if Nolan's reading this, he knows I'm "preachin' to the choir" so to speak ;) I liked Nolan the man/player b4 his summer league performances/concussion, now I'm a definite fan o' the man/player ;) Certainly debatable b4 summer league was whether or not Nolan could b a starter or if he was the right pick @ 21 (or @ all); I've said/saw that he has the intelligence/personality to b a starter/decision maker for our Blazers (& NBA ;) but after what's happened over the past few days... any debating/doubt is gone (again I know it's just summer league but... ;) Nolan's GOT the mental/physical toughness & skill to b a starter & he was the right choice. ps Hou. can have Lin bc we've got NoLIN Smith! NoLINsanity baby!!! ;)

    by Simpson on 7/22/2012 11:08 AM
  2. Hey Casey: I put my faith in myself and God. I have problems with Organized religions though. Nevertheless if somebody has found themselves in their church, I say hip hip hurrah.
    enough of that; Nolan finding the positive side of events is outstanding no matter what, especially at his age. You learn through life that almost all situations has the good side and the bad. Or what is bad for you maybe good for someone else. To be able to look at life that way why you are that young. is amazing.
    This same theory can be applied to us fans, You can like what Nolan brings to the table or dislike what he don't bring, either way what he brings is what we get.

    by Hg on 7/22/2012 12:07 PM
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