TooCool here, how you all hanging. Hope you’ve enjoyed beating Miami and Cleveland as much as I have, and on the ROAD too. Anyway, let’s get down to business.
I’m here to talk about our rookies.
Let me just start off by saying that I love Hendo. He’s a great player, professional and hard working. He has a great work ethic and he is a freakish athlete. He reminds me of a Crash, not as big or with the mouthpiece hanging out, but as an electrifying player. We’ve all seen flashes of brilliance from Henderson, from his huge blocks to alley-oops. The kid is a highlight reel when he gets the minutes, and that’s great for the Bobcats, more media coverage. I want more time for Hendo. Period. 16 ppg is pretty darn decent in college. With some extra work on his dribbling and 3 pointers, he can be a 20 ppg scorer easily. He can take over a game. He’s done it before, he can do it now.
UPS, I love the chap too. People claiming that Swedish chap is the steal of the draft? I don’t think so. Ooo, Once you see how UPS plays with SIGNIFICANT minutes, they’ll be crying foul ball. However, he probably won’t get significant minutes unless someone breaks the legs of Graham and Diaw (that’s something for you, anyone interested in that?). Jonas Jerebko, the steal of the draft. However, in 27 minutes he gets 8.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg. Give UPS 27 minutes. He’ll probably be 12/5 given the time. Then we’ll be seeing who is the steal of the draft is. UPS gave 13 ppg in college. He can ramp it up here when he gets more opportunity to shoot from the perimeter playing 3 instead of having to post up playing the 4.
However, Larry Brown in all his infinite (and many times questioned) logic has not played him much. Our rookies deserves playing time if anything due to one single thing. Development. Let’s be realistic here. Diaw shouldn’t even be starting. He’s getting back into form, but he is overweight, disinterested and not playing 100%. That should mean an instant bench warming career for him. However that’s not likely. Cpt. Jack, our favourite man-child pistol wielding all-star calibre pirate is getting old. At 31, he’s going to get older and older. That means he’ll get slower, and will have to start cutting down in his minutes. That’s a good thing for Hendo, good for the Bobcats too (in the future). However, also barring Hendo’s way is two players. Stevie “jack up alotta shots” Graham and Flipper.
Graham, I don’t exactly like. He’s crap. He can “attempt” to create a shot, then he’ll force it instead of dishing it out and he’ll be throwing bricks. Sound familiar? It’s when he started for Bell. Graham should be taking a side step for Hendo and UPS. Even with significant minutes, Graham is crap. Hendo is almost at the same stats as him, having lesser minutes and being the last choice on offense. Take a seat Graham. I don’t want you touching SG, play SF and be behind UPS for backing up Crash. In fact, I rather have LB waive the chap than anything else, save us some salary and saving us from his crappy play (I mean come on, Felton calling for the ball right in front of you and you chuck it to Crash who’s facing forward and jogging). Graham doesn’t have the potential to become an all-star. Hendo does, possibly even higher. So get out of the way.
Flip is a decent chap. He’s clutch, can score and is a decent defender. However, he’s also a selfish scorer and LB plays him too much. LB is cutting our legs from under us for playing Flip for long periods of time (sounds like Diaw also) instead of putting in our rookies. It’s nice to have Flippers come off the bench for 20 minutes, pile on 10 points and get utterly raped on defence, but I much rather have Hendo come off the bench for 20 minutes, pile on 6 points and not get raped on defence, and possibly have a highlight dunk and a block to go along with that.
Diaw is also a problem. LB is playing him 35+ minutes, for SUBPAR production and effort. I don’t like Diaw at all. His attitude seriously needs a huge change. At least Chandler is trying his ass off on the court for his crappy-ass stats. I wish you would do the same Frenchie. Hell, I rather have Lexy and his skinny ass than Diaw’s overweight one. Next Sean May much?
Let’s face it. If our rookies don’t get more playing time, we’re probably stuffed in the future. We’ll have a lack of development, and we could miss out on UPS and Hendo being all-stars. Yes, that’s right. I said it, all-stars. They both have the ability to become all-stars.
Both are hard-working, strong and intelligent. Hendo has a good basketball background, and they both come from good programs. Put Hendo and UPS in more. If anyone from Bobcats team management read this, I beg you to play Hendo and UPS more, for the good of the team and it’s future.