Dirty Delly shows us how respect is earned
MATTHEW Dellavedova - or Dirty Delly - the new Australian star player from the Cleveland Cavaliers is on fire over in the US and gathering plaudits left, right and centre for his exploits in the NBA finals.
The whispering started a few weeks ago and not all for the right reasons - hence the Dirty Delly.
Even with King James in his corner, I personally thought the media attention was a little over-rated, a bit like the 4000 articles on Hayne and the 49ers, I appreciate the update but not sure I want it to be the lead on my news service every day.
But credit where credit is due because while the initial yapping might have been more about an Aussie playing with the big boys, some of his latest performances deserved the plaudits they got.
Not only has he been important in negating the influence of Steph Rice, one of the biggest jobs in the NBA, he has also managed to be an offensive force for the Cavaliers.
In two months, he has gone from having experts wonder why he is even getting game time to rating him as the second most important player for the Cavs behind the King.
And when the only man ahead of you in the ratings by the experts has the nickname King, you don't stress about being the number two.
Delly gives hope to players everywhere and ammunition for all coaches to work with. For all the plaudits that he is receiving, he is getting the backhander on his lack of talent at the same time.
He wills himself to each contest and 'pretty' isn't on his radar, nor would he care.
It's easy to look at a Steph Rice and ask a kid to aim to be as good but they are one-in-a-million players and once the player realises that they won't be that good, it can be demoralising and signal an early exit.
Now they have the alternative.
You might not be great and you may have some weaknesses but keep working because there is an example on his way to an NBA title and there are better players that are not even on an NBA roster.
Blokes like Delly engage the fans with effort and the ability to scrap with the best of them.
He is giving the effort that all coaches dream of but few receive.
Would five Dellys win against five kings...not likely.
But the kings will know they have played and been in a contest and that's all you are asking for week in, week out.
Give your all, leaving nothing on the court and only worry about what your teammates think of you.
With the effort on court comes the respect off it, and Delly is certainly earning that in spades.