After fifty years of experience working with numbers, it never fails to amaze me how they suggest and reflect patterns of personality, life and events. I was looking over the numbers of the new players coming in for the Blazers 2015-16 seasons. It looks very promising. There are many potential story lines just from various personal charts and their relationship to the team and teammates.
One comparison that has caught my attention is the similarity of charts between coach Terry Stotts and incoming big Mason Plumlee.
Terry Linn Stotts 25997 3955 126221=68=14=5 5 IS 5 7 9 6 =27=9 9 S 2 99 3 55 12 221=41=5 5 P 11 25 1957=31=4 4 LN Mason Alexander Plumlee 41165 135615459 7334355=86=14=5 5 IS 1 6 1 5 1 5 3 55=32=5 5 S 4 1 5 3 6 54 9 73 43 =54=9 9 P 3 5 1990=27=9 9 LN Portland Trail Blazers 76923154 29193 2318591=90 9 90 9 AY 6 1 19 1 5 =23=5 5 IN 7 923 54 29 3 23 8 91=67=4 4 ON
It is almost as if they were numerological twins separated at birth. Notice also the similarity to the organizational chart. Stotts played as a forward in the CBA and abroad before getting into coaching. Because of his particular journey, he is considered a player’s coach, and is sensitive to the struggles and challenges they incur.
Mason Plumlee comes into Portland with limited NBA experience, but lots of potential. There are numerous articles about his brief career in the NBA and what he might bring to the Blazers team. The similarity between the position that each played, along with that of their numbers, leads me to say that this can lead to a very promising and productive player/coach relationship.
Coach Stotts could very well end up reliving his past as he watches Mason Plumlee grow into a successful NBA player. The suggestion is that they could form a strong long term mentor/coach/player bond something like that of Tim Duncan with Gregg Popovich. That is assuming the relationship is not torn by the vagaries of NBA business, politics or injuries.
The similarities indicate that Stotts clearly understand Plumlee and will inspire and develop the best from him. Plumlee identifies with Stotts and will adjust enthusiastically to his system. If the combination brings out the best of each other we can expect humor, respect, flexibility in playing style and bonding that leads to success for both of them and the organization.
A possible downside is that sometimes psychologically if a person is dissatisfied with who they are and what they are, they will project that dissatisfaction upon someone who is similar (not recognizing that it is a quality of their own they do not like). If the relationship takes a turn to the dark side it could foster rebellious and immature behavior that can undermine a team. Sort of like a father/son bond gone wrong.
MY prognostication says they take the high road, and this becomes a combination that helps to bring unity, comradery and increased productivity to the team.