It’s not out of the ordinary to see talented athletes unexpectedly put on a clinic. Johnny Manziel’s first year performance with Texas A&M and the Heisman Trophy, Yasiel Puig of the LA Dodgers earlier this year, Linsanity with the New York Knicks last season, Andy Murray of Great Britain at the Olympics last year and at Wimbledon this year…the list goes on and on. It’s not that we’re surprised by what these athletes can do, it’s just amazing when they choose to do it.
Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors might have flown somewhat under the radar this past NBA season, but shined the brightest when the games biggest stars are expected to. A rookie playing extended minutes due to a star teammates’ torn hip flexor, Barnes answered coach Mark Jackson’s every call, and delivered when the team needed him the most throughout the postseason. As he goes into his second season, the talented, articulate, and easy to like Barnes is likely just getting warmed up, and he’s inviting us all to stay tuned for the second act. Abe Schwadron of SLAM Magazine author’s this week’s SLAM Feature Article.