|Photo: Norm Hall|
There can be no debate. I canâ€™t even think of another player. John Grant is the best lacrosse player on the planet. You can argue about the best players of all time, but if weâ€™re talking about the best player in the world today itâ€™s an easy one. Last year Inside Lacrosse labeled Brodie Merrill as the best in the world. I have no problem with that after the way Brodie broke into the NLL, the MLL and played for Canada in the World Field Lacrosse Championship, but you could have made a good argument for Grant as well. However, I challenge anyone to make a realistic argument for anyone but Grant today.
In 2003, Grant won his first championship playing for Team Canada in the inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. I was doing the television analysis for Sportsnet and prior to the tournament the Canadian coaches reminded me that Grant had never won a team championship. In fact, I got the impression from some that the â€œGrant Curseâ€ was as good an excuse as any for Canadaâ€™s embarrassing 21-16 Heritage Cup loss to the USA the previous year in a one-game international indoor showdown.