I am working on a couple of bigger posts, but there are a few things I wanted to quickly comment on.
IS TRIANO DELUSIONAL?
Now, this article is a little old, and I’ve read part of it elsewhere, but one part caught my attention. The article, on NBA.com, discusses Bargnani and his inability to rebound. This is the same article where Bargnani is quoted as saying that he could be a better rebounder, but he’s lazy. A very, very scary quote from someone in their fourth season on a team that has problem on the boards, but there was another quote which I couldn’t believe:
“When he becomes a very, very good rebounder, he’s going to be a complete player.” Triano said.
But can he become that good?
Is Triano talking about the same player? Is he aware that players simply don’t improve that much in areas such as rebounding? Hopefully, he’s just trying to motivate, but Amir Johnson has a better chance of averaging 20 ppg than Bargnani does of averaging 10 rpg. Both COULD happen, but are highly unlikely. In rebounding, you have to have a nose for the ball. All the good rebounders have it. It’s not something you can teach. All rebounders have one (or both) of two traits. The first is a high basketball IQ. You have to understand where the ball is going to go, based on who’s shooting, where they’re shooting from and numerous other elements. The second things is being active. You can make up for a lower basketball IQ by always being active. This is how Amir is such a good rebounder. He doesn’t have a high basketball IQ, but he’s always active, so ends up with the ball a great amount of the time. Players with both, like Dennis Rodman, are extraordinary rebounders.
Bargnani doesn’t have a high basketball IQ nor is he active. Bargnani has proven that he can have good rebounding games, but over the course of 82 games, you need to sustain a certain amount of energy to be a good rebounder, and Bargnani simply doesn’t have that.
After watching the Phoenix bench nearly single handedly win the game against the Laker starters last night, i thought of a discussion I had with several people on RaptorsRepublic.com and elsewhere. As the Raptor season started getting into the final months, many felt that Coach Triano needed to tighten his rotation in order to prepare for the playoffs. The consensus seemed to be that in the playoffs, most teams only play 7 or 8 players, which is generally true. So, ignoring the fact that the Raptor bench was probably the best thing about the Raptors season, it was felt that Triano needed to limit the minutes of all but a few bench players. I, on the other hand, argued that the bench was a strength, and needed to be exploited.
While I often argue against playing against history (like the fact that you need a good defensive team to win a Championship), there are sometimes you need to play to your strengths, no matter what they may be. The Raptprs strength was it’s bench. There were many games that the bench was the only reason the team was able to be competitive. It’s obviously too late to take advantage of that now, but it’s something to remember.
SOMETIMES NEW ISN’T BETTER
You remember when during game broadcasts, they would simply show a picture of a player they were talking about? Well, with advanced technology the way it is, I guess broadcasters have decided that it’s too boring. Apparently having even one part of the screen remaining static for a few seconds is too much for a world stricken by attention deficit disorder. Now, they shoot a player against a green screen and apparently ask him to look as uncomfortable as possible while also trying to appear relaxed tossing a ball up in the air for no reason. Am I the only one who finds this incredibly annoying? Even when actors do it for promos it’s painful to watch. When a basketball player with absolutely no training does it, it’s cringeworthy.
LETS VOTE ON IT!
Is Nash one of the most beaten up Hall of Fame players ever? When was the last playoffs he was in where he didn’t end up with some facial injury? And did anyone notice Grant Hill’s reaction when he looked at Nash right after it happened?
I don’t know if the Suns can beat the Lakers, let alone win the Championship, but are there two players you’d like to see win more than Nash and Hill?
I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO LAUGH OR CRY
I know Eddy Curry has had a tough year, and you shouldn’t hit a guy when he’s down, but when I read this I shook my head.
New York Knicks center Eddy Curry defaulted on a $570,000 personal loan while keeping up a lifestyle that included a $17,000-a-month suburban New York home, a $6,000-a-month personal chef and a dozen cars he’d bought for himself and relatives, a judge said.
On Friday, a Manhattan court ordered Curry to pay $75,000 a month to lender Allstar Capital Inc. to resolve a debt that swelled to $1.2 million with interest. The court also has issued an order letting Las Vegas-based Allstar seize three of the cars: a Rolls Royce Phantom convertible and two Land Rover SUVs, all 2009 models.
Curry earned $10.5 million this season and is scheduled to make $11.3 million next season in the final year of his contract. But the former No. 4 pick in the NBA draft has been dogged by financial and legal problems in recent years.
He took out the $570,000 personal loan in February 2008, promising to pay it back in five months at a nearly 85 percent annual interest rate — legal in Nevada, according to Allstar lawyer Donald N. David.
Curry argued he couldn’t pay off the debt at $75,000 a month because of his existing bills, which include $30,000 a month in household expenses at his family’s White Plains, N.Y., home, nearly $17,000 a month in payments to various other relatives and more than $1,000 a month in cable and satellite TV service, according to the court order. It said his wages already are garnished for more than $207,000; the order didn’t explain why, and lawyers wouldn’t elaborate.
All I can say is, “wow”.
Also, why on earth is it legal in Nevada to charge 85% on a loan???
SO WHAT ARE YOU SAYING TO NETS FANS?
An NBA insider told the New York Post that Jay-Z’s “dream scenario” would be for LeBron James to sign a short contract with the Knicks that allows him to opt out after three seasons and join the Nets when the team makes its move to Brooklyn.
So not only is the team leaving in two years, but it appears they don’t even care about who’s on the team until they move. Why would ANYONE go to a Nets game in the next two years?
RAPTORS FANS ASK WHY??
Wilkens retired from coaching in 2005 after 32 seasons in the NBA.
“If the situation was right, I certainly would consider [coaching again],” Wilkens said. “I have not explored it. But Cleveland certainly has a good team. So does Chicago. A few teams are good and need coaches. Let’s see how everything shakes out and then we’ll see.”
Yes, that’s Lenny Wilkins. Maybe if he comes back, he can consider coaching the Raptors for free, since he had actually retired while he was coaching them the last time.