Boston Sports Review has another great article on Leon Powe. What is there not to like about this kid? I mean, really... He has overcome obstacles that would cause most of us to sit back and feel sorry for ourselves. By now, most know about his childhood of living in foster homes, losing his mother, and his knee surgeries. He is a hard worker and is motivated to make those teams that passed on him sorry they didn't choose him. I fully believe that he will. I have no doubt that he will earn playing time... if Doc plays him, I really feel that he will make a lot of people stand up and notice and will produce for us. I am firmly on his bandwagon... it is going to get crowded there once the season starts and people get to see this kid play.
Boston? "They say it gets cold there," says Powe from sunny California. "Danny Ainge didn't tell me about that. I'm going to bring my snowboots." Then Powe realizes he doesn't have any.
He's not fooling himself into thinking he's going to show up and be The Show with the Celtics. "It was a honor to be drafted by them. They don't need me to come right in and be a scorer. I know they'll need me to rebound and play defense." His take on coach Doc Rivers is on the money. "He's all about business; it's about getting it done on the court."
Powe's come this far, and left a lot behind. "It's just about putting the work in," he says. Just like at Oakland Tech. "We were expected to do good because I was on the team. I took it as a challenge. The only thing that frustrated me was [opponents] put three people on me every night. But I scored by going after loose balls, tip-ins, backdoor cuts."
He's aware of the incessant police reports on young athletes breaking the law, getting suspended, messing with their careers. Powe swears he'll hang with the right people, and not be seduced by the night life that takes too many to the wrong places at the wrong time. "I'm not going to go crazy, like some players."
His mom's gone but he owes it to his siblings. Must be proud of him, huh? "Oh yeah," says Powe, sounding like a father more than a brother. Truth is, he's the breadwinner now. [More] source:Boston Sports Review
No doubt that Powe has very tough skin. Anyone else would crumble from all that's happened to him. But he still trusts in the Lord, and that is very commendable. I hope to be able to thank and praise God when things fall apart in my life. We need Powe to become a reliable inside scoring threat. Hope he can develop into this role because it'll be a big help. We need inside scoring off the bench.
He's in primary competition with Ryan Gomes, so it'll be fun to watch the battle from a fans standpoint.