When James Posey was a rookie with the Denver Nuggets during their 1999-2000 training camp, the Xavier (Ohio) graduate immediately irked some of the teams older players. Not because he was being disrespectful to the Nuggets veterans or making rookie mistakes, mind you.
No, what bothered a couple of Denvers seasoned pros was the way Posey kept hurtling his body all over the practice floor for loose balls despite the fact that it was only preseason. Basically, Poseys reckless abandon was making some of his teammates look bad.
Nine years later, little has changed about the way the 31-year-old approaches the game. His high-energy, relentless style of play has helped make him one of the NBAs premier reserves. Its also been a big reason why the previously-unheralded role player has been a integral part of championship teams in Miami and Boston over the past three seasons.
I bring hard work and a commitment to winning, Posey described of his strengths Wednesday after his press conference at Emeril's Delmonico restaurant in New Orleans. Ive always been about winning. My approach to the game is doing anything and everything possible to win the game. If thats me diving on the floor, or diving into the third row to save a ball, taking a charge, or supporting my teammates, thats what Im about.