The Morning After The Night Before, V
Another morning, another flight, another rush job to get to the airport.
But first ...
Three Things I Learned
Over the Moon
The story keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
Watched him closely in the first nine minutes last night and what impressed me was his willingness to pass up shots. A couple of times, he had what looked like good looks but, because he knows his place and who he’s on the court with, he passed them up to get the ball back to Ford to keep the offence running.
That’s the kind of move that will not only endear him to teammates but Sam Mitchell will be like a proud papa.
Told Mitchell before last night’s game that Moon said he needed to block Iguodala’s shot after giving up the offensive rebound in Philly ‘cause he didn’t want the coach to “fuss” over him.
Sam howled. “That’s country, right there,” he said.
The more I see Carlos Delfino …
The better he looks.
The one thing that stands out is how he can track down long rebounds. It’s a skill not many players possess, being able to judge by the trajectory of the ball where it might go after hitting the rim.
He had one in Philly on Friday where he slashed into the middle of the key, about half way to the free throw line to grab a miss. Had another one last night where he went almost three quarters of the way across the court to track one down.
The knock in Detroit was inconsistency and we may still see that but, so far, he’s been way better than a lot of people expected. I’d bet he gets to finish close games more often than not.
The Bulls are in trouble.
I know it’s early and all but there’s something off with the Bulls. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune and Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum and I were all seeing the same thing last night. No spark, no hustle, no energy and seems it’s been like that more often than not.
Ben Wallace looks entirely interested, Kirk Hinrich was awful and Thabo Sefalosha – just to pick on a second-year kid ‘cause we can – makes Kris Humphries look like John Stockton, if you get my drift?
The 'Ko-be, Ko-be’ chants were cold and until they make a Bryant deal, they’ll continue.
Three Things You Wondered
Q: I am curious as to what Joey Graham’s his trade value would be within the league?
I figure that most teams would be interested in an overall athletic freak and would be willing to dish on some decent talent to see the potential of him.
I honestly feel that JG needs a change of scenery and that he would flourish with a team that is sub .500 and where he will get the minutes to truly develop and learn from his mistakes.
I also understand that Colangelo just signed him to an extension and that this idea is virtually not going to happen. Just curious to hear your thoughts on the guy...
P.S. In response to Rasho's dunking ability, I wonder who could jump higher, yourself or Rasho? I think I have my money on you Doug.
Darren Bleau, Waterloo.
A: Right now, Joey Graham is Wally Pipp (You young ‘uns google that name) thanks to Jamario Moon.
Trade value? He’s got very, very, very, very little. Cheap salary, a year left on his deal after this, no real track record to go on and I can imagine the only way he gets dealt is in a package as cap ballast.
But think of it this way: If Joey Graham, with his perpetual promise and infuriating inconsistency, is your 13th or 14th guy (and we’ve seen how well he can play in the final 16 games last season) that’s not too bad.
Oh, on that dunking thing?
Did you see Rasho throw that one done in the third quarter last night? That should quiet the hordes for a while, shouldn’t it? And I hope you don’t have much money on me, I can barely get up out of my chair some days, let alone up off the ground.
Back in the day though …
Q: I've called for Andrea move to the bench way earlier than it actually happened. But here is my concern. Is it possible that the former #1 pick in the draft has a type of game that doesn't compliment the game of our franchise player - CB4?
A: I suppose anything’s possible. But I don’t think that’s the case here.
Two players of such unique talents as Bosh and Bargnani really need time to figure each other out, get in a comfort zone on the court and they haven’t had nearly enough time.
Bosh’s absence from half of training camp really set them back.
They will eventually work it out, it’s just not happening right now. I would expect later this season they’d get it done and, believe me, everyone connected with the franchise knows they’ll start next to each other some day.
And I do think they have the brains, and the games, to adapt.
Q: In reply to your comment that there aren't any slashing small forwards that can just be plucked off some team's roster, well, what about Cory Maggette? Probably the best (behind Kobe) in the league in terms of getting to the basket and making tons of free throws.
And he's on the market. And he's in a contract year.
And I know I'm a little late for the Big Three contest of yours, but how about this Big Three: Phoenix's Marks, Skinner and Banks combined (Thursday) night for 15 minutes, zero points, zero assists, zero steals, zero blocked shots and... one rebound.
Lee Zimmerman, Ottawa
A: Maggette’s an interesting case, I do think he’ll be dealt this year but not sure when. The Clippers, without Brand and Livingston, probably don’t have any expectations at all and will likely wait until February before making any move with him.
And, that’s some stat line, indeed. Classic production.