Originally Posted by Jackson Filth
i'm curious to how hakeem, robinson and timmie wouldn't be considered 'alpha males' in any context. because they're nice and respectful? they got to their level of greatness by kicking the shit out of their opponents. all three were very demanding vocally and controlling on both sides of the ball. i think this is where nash, amare and hill lacked. they didn't demand and control, they just played.
i think you'd say the same things about Nash if he did win.
The only bit that may not apply to him is the "both sides of the ball" part.
Is that the defining part?
Either way, I don't think Shaq's talking about D there. I think he's talking about taking over on offense and getting vocal with opponents. Unlike Nash, who keeps playing his game, i.e. "makes a three and gets 5 passes" or Grant Hill who's too "professional".
I think "alpha dog" cliche is overused and it's way too closely associated with Jordan personality in general. Very often in the media, you aren't an alpha dog unless you are a dick and you take last shots.