Similarly, one of my favorite athletes isn’t necessarily a person, but a position – the sixth man in basketball. And my favorite sixth man of all time is Bobby Jones, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers when Julius Erving (Dr. J) was the team leader. When Jones came on the court to give Dr. J, Moses Malone, or Daryl Dawkins a breather, the coach, the fans and the other players knew they were going to get a gigantic effort from Jones.
One of the coolest things about great sixth men, and Jones most particular, is that they are so reliable. They may not be the greatest athlete on the court, they may not have great showmanship, they may not have charisma, but the sixth man is the player who gives it his all for the time he is on the court. He is reliable, or he wouldn’t be the sixth man.
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