Blogcat’s Take, 2/22
The Bobcats’ trade for Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal at the Thursday deadline was certainly not earth-shattering. Actually, it wasn’t even glass-shattering. In fact, if you had a Shattering Scale that ranged from porcelain china to Play-Doh, this one would rank a Nerf. But it might end up being a tiny bit useful, and it at least had a discernable point. Critically, it didn’t involve giving up 1st round draft picks or taking on enormously salaries. Thus it wasn’t obviously bad, which for Bobcats fans is the equivalent of trading Joe Barry Carroll for Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.
Let’s start with pouring out some “Mohawk” Valley Bourbon for Jeff Adrien. Criminally underplayed in my opinion, Adrien actually had the 5th best net-rating on the team. He had a 14.9 PER, was a reboundin’ fool (leading the team with a 19.2% rebounding rate), drew fouls like they were hearts in a teeny-bopper’s diary (.625 FTr), and was totally competent—in other words he was everything Cody Zeller fails to be. And because he was capable playing almost a PF-C role, he also was a nice insurance policy in case Al Jefferson gets injured…to which management must have thought: Sure, but what are the chances of that happening? Anyway, he was an energetic, happy-go-lucky favorite of mine, and I’m sad to see him go.