Welcome back to on-court stuff! Great piece as always.
Any chance the Grizzlies decide what they are paying to Mayo is too much (what is it, $5 million this year) and cut him loose to free up that money to keep, say, Battier?
I was impatient, but that was worth the wait. Great read, as ever Chris.
A thought...maybe let someone else other than Randolph check Bonner if it comes to Popp trying that shooting mismatch?
Chris...great piece. I love your NBA eye and appreciate the hard work, always.
To add to that thought, Chris, there is a real leadership component to what Randolph has brought to the team that is something that I don't think David Lee could have brought. And I for darn sure had no clue that Randolph had "team leader" in his toolkit.
Except it is not a simple disagreement on the issue. And you have been more than clear on missing on Randolph. And you were certainly not alone in missing on Randolph. But the article on HOW he changed his game was particularly revelatory. And I don't think any reasonable person could have read that in light of your other work and taunt that you are "hiding behind stats". But, I yield to your civility, Chris.
And, you wrote that solid piece guessing at how this could work out back when he was acquired. Of course, you didn't think it would, but you were more than fair in working through where it might somehow go right.
Oh, and on David Lee? I disagree with you at this point that he still might have been a better option. I don't think his particular game would have meshed as well with Gasol as Randolph's has. Then again, I could be wrong on that as well.
You should def apologize for that Chris, because you were the ONLY one who didn't see it coming from Randolph.
You were among the 99.9% of humanity who didn't see this coming from Randolph. "Sigh" indeed. Your piece on WHY Randolph has been so surprising was phenomenal and among the best quality NBA writing anyone could hope to read. Anywhere. Keep it up. And igore jabs from idjits.
My favorite pick of the night for them. About time.
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