terrific, as always, Frank.
I really like the look of the Motiejunas kid. And, with the potential of losing either Zack or Marc next year, and with Arthur looking more and more like a role player, he may be a plug in at the 4 who has a chance to be a star. I'd rather swing and miss with him than to play it safe with a Patrick Patterson or an even lamer selection such as Babbit or Hayward.
Not sure what I'd think about Henry ... tend to think he's going to be a solid role player/scorer/shooter, but has no shot at being a star. That pick wouldn't excite me much.
Congrats on the baby, Chris. Hope you're getting a little sleep every now and then.
I love the deal, but I tell you what it damned well better NOT be .... is a hedge against/(AWFUL) reason for going cheap and letting Rudy walk this summer.
You hear me, Heisley? Go cheap and let Rudy walk outta here and I'll never get excited about a thing this team does again. I mean, why would I bother? I think a good portion of the fan base, BECAUSE of the core we've built with Rudy, OJ, Marc and ZBo, have forgiven the team for absolutely BLOWING the last two lotto picks (pains one to even think about how much stronger this team would be with Tyreke and any number of folks other than Conley) .... But, go cheap and let the most promising core we've ever assembled fracture and I'm done.
Rudy Gay, while he has his flaws, is, in my eyes, becoming a go-to, 22-23 ppg guy in this league. Those ain't easy to come by. And, they aren't replaced by Ronnie Brewer. That said, again ... I love the deal if it's to strengthen the bench and play Brewer alongside or behind OJ/Rudy ... if they're starting to hedge their bets with Rudy with this acquisition, I'm done. And, thing is, with Heisley, I wouldn't doubt that for a MINUTE.
What do you think, Chris?
Chris - you're 1000% spot-on with your assessment.
Conley, in the league in three years? Dude ... seriously? Did you WATCH the guy play last year? Have you SEEN some of the garbage populating NBA rosters these days? Conley will not only be in the league, but will be a quality player. He's made huge strides, all things considered, in my estimation.
Can we at least pray that Heisley is smart enough, if he's putting up big numbers, to allow Wallace to deal him to a contending team next spring for a nice draft pick or two?
The whole point, people, has nothing to do with what he can or can't do. The whole point is our future. OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay. This further stunts their on-court development and could potentially spoil their attitudes, to boot (if Z-Bo wouldn't have done that on his own). After this season, AI is gone. For better or worse. He'll either take 25 shots away from our future, score 20+ a night and go on to greener pastures having used us for precisely what he intended to use us for ... or, he'll spend the entire season complaining about his role and be a huge distraction, having wasted what could have been a really big growth year for our core.
It also shows us, with the slow down it will cause in the development of said core, just how little Heisley ever believed in his "three-year plan" ... If he wanted veteran leadership and a scorer off the bench, he had any number of other options - including using the #2 pick, which he surely could have traded down for precisely that (and maybe a pick, to boot). Instead, he insisted we waste it on a project that will be a huge bust and we then go sign two of the biggest me-first distractions in the entire league.
Hoorah. Just what OJ, Rudy, Mike, Marc and the rookies needed. Between he and Zach Randolph, I just have to wonder if the season will ever be more about basketball and building a winner and less about some moronic off-court argument or incident.
Just disappointing. I think we have alot of great young pieces and I'm thinkin I'll really like Carroll and Young off the bench. But, Randolph, Iverson and Thabeet are a huge, huge disappointment, IMO. Two massive distractions that do NOTHING for us in the years to come. NOTHING. Two years from now, what will they have done for us?
I guess I'm just rambling and ranting now. Might as well let it go. Another year, another circus. Can't wait for the first story about a rift in the locker room or about practice, etc.
ps - am I the only one who thinks his taking this season "personally" really means "I'll show everybody ... I'm gonna get my 25 shots up a night, score 20 a game come hell or high water and this team be damned ... this is all about ME!!!" ????
If he REALLY wanted to show everyone, get his best revenge, he would be the best damned 6th man/bench scorer the league has seen in who knows how long ... but, does ANYBODY really believe he is gonna do that?
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