The other 4/5ths of the o-line vastly improved our team last season even with byron bell on the left side. Oher doesn't have to do much as long as the rest of the line is strong we can mitigate the left side. Here's hoping he can bring a little more than Byron did though.
honestly i don't think the tear down model really works in the NBA, i'm ok with us moving on from it. it plays to our strengths anyway. you can project the NBA careers of 18 year old players who are one year removed from high school and even if you find one that is a sure fire all star for the next decade you still have to pray to god that your lottery number is called at the right time. the case in point for how shitty and not worthwhile a tear-down project is is this team. the fact that a team like ours can go in to a draft and not get the number 1 pick and get anthony davis is unreal. there are too many moving parts a team has no control over that there is no way to bet the entire team and organization on some ping pong balls and statistical projections. i prefer the FA/trading path for us. you have a general idea of who you're gonna get and you can build a well rounded team. sure, you gotta draft some talent, but you don't strip the team down to the studs in order to draft it. i don't believe what philly is doing is gonna net them a championship. players won't pan out, the talent won't mesh, the coach will suck. any number of simple problems will continue to sap the original plan, and then everyone-- fans, players, and front office will have wasted their time. the NFL is a rebuild league, the NBA is just a money/asset/star league. and since we don't have a star, we just gotta roll with money and assets. with smart, quick deals, favorable trades, and a well rounded complimentary team.
Batum is a SG, he's big but apparently he plays better at that position. Ditch Al, either keep Biz or get another rim protector C MW can be backup SF. Get another PG and try and trade Al, Taylor, and maybe one other guy idk.
i hope frank hears the fans. look up damon stoudamire when he was drafted by the raptors as their first ever draft pick. i think what frank said about the bobcats isn't as big of a shot at us as people seem to feel like it is. in any case, it's true. but if frank thinks that right now then he better also be thinking he can be part of the reason why it's not boring to play here. we don't want mental midgets on this team. if he crumbles or is a baby about the fans not liking him, then he isn't gonna make it here or in the NBA. i hope frank hears how much the fans didn't want him and i hope he is ready to come in and work it on offense to show us that we're wrong. i hope he gets here and wants to show the city why they should want him. i posted before that what i'm really annoyed about with this pick is just the lack of variety and the obsession with one position and one type of player. i'd love it if cho came out and said hey we need an absolute all-star stud killer at this PF position because it's gonna be the one key position to making this team a top playoff contender. i'd just love to hear the reasoning so at least we know. the one thing that i think about is cho's time with portland and their history of having a stud PF, i remember reading about it in an article about aldridge. i think that's also the reason portland wanted vonleh. anyway, i think that we're in a good position even if frank is exactly like zeller except not as mentally weak. and by mentally weak i mean being a big man and going into the post and not getting blocked or pushed around. i don't care what anyone says, zeller is big and physically strong enough to not have what happens to him on the post happen. it's because he is mentally blocked from bringing the power down low, it has nothing to do with the NBA being a grown man's league. it sounds like frank has a lot more fire and grit than zeller and that is the key to making the talent work. frank is a killer and that's the difference between a guy like zeller and a 20/10 guy each night. if frank brings the heat then i'll be happy.
hmm who is an extremely young player who started playing basketball late in his teens and seemed to have big potential as a big man that charlotte spent a lottery pick on.....? we drafted vonleh because he was considered a top talent and he slipped, we saw value at the pick, not necessarily someone we wanted to become our all-star -- though it'd be great if he did! turns out he probably doesn't have a good enough feel for the game to take his abilities to an all-star level. all news outlets pretty much say aldridge is gone.. portland wasn't saving up to pay him, this was about getting a young potential replacement. there's a chance vonleh could amount to something, portland wants their next PF. they're taking a gamble and hoping vonleh can fill aldridge's shoes when he leaves. we sent hendo along for the ride because we don't want him and he opted in. which is a move basically everyone here has been begging for. team captain for the hornets is not the same as for the panthers. hendo is a good person, a vet, and he liked being a hornet. he wasn't considered our best player on the team by his teammates or coaches. so the fact he was a team captain and how that affects whether we won this trade -- who cares. in two drafts with no sure all-stars at our pick, we made two picks on PF, one who was more "pro ready" and another one with high potential. these are trade assets, unless one of them pans out, that's what they are for our team. that's why we dangled them out and used them to hopefully upgrade a position we desperately need an upgrade for. Batum seems like a solid guy who can play the way we want with the rest of our team. if he can get back to old form he can be a great player for us. if things work out here he'll stay. if he doesn't work out or if we think we can do it, we'll just trade him mid-season so we don't lose him for nothing. as long as we keep the wheel turning.