If only NBA labels were as easy to discard as those you find on the back of t-shirts.
A simple yank and you have a label-free garment. However, NBA players have found that getting rid of labels requires great effort on their part, in an attempt to prove themselves.
Detroit Pistons guard Carlos Arroyo is well aware of that.
He knows his ability as a player has been questioned -- is he the guy who started for Utah a couple seasons ago, or the one who spent much of the playoffs last season watching from the Pistons bench because then-head coach Larry Brown didn't have a lot of confidence in him to run the team?
Link"Every year I want to prove myself, I want to improve every time and I want to get better," he said. "It's an individual challenge I got. I don't feel I have to prove anything to anybody."
Still, he admits he needs to play better this season than he did when he arrived in Detroit via a midseason trade last season from Utah.
That added motivation has manifested itself into a solid start to the season for the point guard. Arroyo has arguably been the best and most consistent Piston reserve.
In Detroit's first three games, Arroyo is averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 assists per game while playing just 15.3 minutes a game.
Before the season, Pistons coach Flip Saunders talked about how Arroyo was beginning to understand what was expected from him.