I’ve always been a huge fan of Tyrus Thomas and over the years I’ve had to pull my hair out and watch in agony as Boris “Jellybean” Diaw got the starting nod and minutes over our young talented forward. I can understand how having a 9 million dollar contract sitting on a bench is pretty useless, but seriously? I do however expect him to start this season. but my question today is have we been holding him back or is he still more potential than talent. I won’t be going on and on about this right now but out of boredom I’d like to share a few fun facts and then let you can decide.
Steven and TJ discuss all the latest happenings since the last show, including the dismissal of Larry Brown and subsequent hiring of Paul Silas, the trade of Gerald Wallace, and the playoff push. Taped 3/13/11.
Who is with me on this?
Sure Boris can have that one game each month that makes you realize that if he consistently put his mind to it he could easily be an all-star caliber power forward. Unfortunately the rest of the month is normally a painful series of frustrating passed up open shots, lackadaisical motivation,lack of physicality and general indifference.
Enter DJ White. Up until last week, DJ’s NBA career has been one long DNP-CD with a spectacular view from the Thunder’s bench. Fortunately for him he was moved to the Bobcats in a deadline day trade. In his short time with the ‘Cats, he has shown that he can rebound, defend, he doesn’t pass up open shots and he is willing to give a hard foul when a hard foul is needed. He fits the Silas/Oakley vision of a power forward far more than Boris. The legitimacy of the Gerald Wallace to Portland trade may be up for debate, but so far the Nazr for DJ White deal has been a pure win.
The return of Tyrus Thomas to the lineup gives Paul Silas 2 legitimate PFs to work with that are willing and able to play his style of ball. Now that Diaw has legit competition, his minutes and role with the team are almost certainly in for a gigantic hit… And with the way that he has been playing, that is perfectly fine by me.
If there is anyone here that thinks Boris still deserves to get the bulk of the power forward minutes over Thomas and White, then I would love for you to comment and explain your rationale to me.
So, Monday night, the Bobcats had to face off against a shape shifting Skrull who has somehow managed to capture the ability and raw athleticism of a 22 year old Shawn Kemp and mimic it in the form of Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin. Having to face off against this type of alien being did not bode well for our beloved Charlotte Bobcats
Apparently getting embarrassed in Orlando, Denver and Los Angeles wasn’t enough. The Charlotte Bobcats, missing captain Stephen Jackson, made it a perfect 4-for-4 of disgrace on their road trip, being trampled by the Portland Trail Blazers 93-69. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 16 points, and that’s all you need to say to know it was a bad night.
If there was a worse way for this game to have gone, I’m not sure what it is. Star player is injured, your team loses, and opposing team’s star sits the entire fourth quarter. In a rivalry that your team has dominated. Yup, that’s about all I can say for tonight’s Charlotte Bobcats loss in Los Angeles.