Word on the Street

Project (prahj’-ekt) noun. A player with untapped potential, whether real or merely imagined.

Usage example:Greg Ostertag has been a decade-long project for the Utah Jazz.

Word usage: The term “project” is almost always a career-killer. While it is sometimes used to refer to players who turn pro immediately after graduating from high school (and therefore lack the polish of older players who have attended college), it is more often used to describe a player with some tangible physical skill or natural ability – usually immense athleticism or height – that should make that player better than he is. Some people, most notably Greg Ostertag and Michael Olowokandi, have maintained their “project” status well into their 30s, by which time it has become obvious to almost everyone (except NBA coaches and general managers, of course) that the player’s breakout year is never going to happen. Unless you call 6 points and 4 rebounds a “breakout year,” in which case it already happened.

Ostertag is the eternal project.


Labels: Greg Ostertag / Michael Olowokandi / Utah Jazz / NBA / Word on the Street


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: