Lance has been a bust. A little off topic but I went back and looked at the 2011 NFL draft class.. What does Nicola Vucevic, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard have in common? They where ALL still avaliable when we decided to draft Kemba.. Why!!?'
Kemba was a fine pick that year. The problem was we picked Bismack over all those guys you mentioned based solely on potential over actual production.
Certainly feels like throwing him under the bus for whatever reason (probably to deflect blame from the coaches/front office). Anybody that's watched him for the past four years can tell he's not 100%. Actually, anyone with a functioning brain should be able to see that. Then add on that he's "protected" by the worst professional offensive line I've ever seen, has zero running game, and tries to throw to receivers that can't get consistent separation and, well, I'm pretty impressed he hasn't just come out in the press and roasted everybody.
Further down, they also talk about the Hornets in regards to trading for Al Horford.
Simmons: Would you consider Charlotte a 2015 contender if they flipped Noah Vonleh AND Cody Zeller for Al Horford? Who says no? Sorry … you know I have to do this every 1,200 words. It’s part of my contract.
Lowe: I think the precise wording is every 1,200 words and six podcast minutes. But with Horford instead of West, you’re getting somewhere. Horford is a better all-around player, and it’s not even close on defense. Horford could provide at least some rim protection for a team that really needs it, and when you get a dose of rim protection, it opens up new lines of attack defensively. This all assumes that Horford is healthy after two pectoral tears. He could be an interesting trade piece depending on how quickly the ownership situation resolves itself (and what the new bosses want to do). We’ve seen a few new owners tank to varying degrees — including the NBA when it owned New Orleans.
Just a little something to keep the discussion going as we wait for the preseason to tip off. The game drops next Tuesday (Oct. 7) for PS4, X-Box One, PS3, and X-Box 360. The ratings were revealed earlier today by Operation Sports: http://www.operation...ranged-by-team/
THE SKINNY: Nobody got better bang for their buck this summer than the Hornets, who spent just under $47 million -- about $1 million more than Dallas did for Chandler Parsons -- to bring in Stephenson, Williams and Roberts, three players that will fill specific needs for an already-good playoff team. (None of that would have happened if Utah hadn't matched the $63 million offer sheet the Hornets gave restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. The best laid plans, you know?) Stephenson was an All-Star caliber two in Indiana last season, showing his improvement as a passer to go with his shooting and defensive skills. For all of his issues, and they are real ones, he was one of the few guys that competed in Game 6 against Miami in the playoffs, when many of his teammates mailed in their efforts. And he's just 23 years old. In Charlotte, his presence will definitely make things easier for Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Williams was coveted by several other playoff teams and is a veteran who'll balance the floor. Roberts played very well for the Pelicans last season, with a True Shooting Percentage higher than John Wall, Reggie Jackson or his now-teammate, Walker. Vonleh was a top-five pick on many Draft boards before sliding just far enough for Charlotte to be able to snag his incredible length and rapidly developing game. The Hornets were already a top-10 team in defensive rating, opponent field goal percentage and points allowed. With Stephenson and Vonleh teaming with the likes of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte could have the makings of a lockout, championship-caliber unit.
Did he really tweet that the name change wouldn't happen?
He always seemed weirdly bitter about the possibility of a name change, and I could never figure out why. Even other guys at the Observer like Sorensen would write these stories about what a good idea the change was, and how much the name meant to the community. But Bonnell always just blew it off and acted like the whole thing didn't matter. I never understood it. (I'll add this was before the name change was made official...back when it was all speculation after New Orleans announced their change.)
Not only from an on-court perspective, but Wiggins will still be on his rookie salary for a few more years, which would allow Cleveland to put even more pieces in place. Love will demand a lot of money after this year when he renews his contract. I think you have a much better chance for long-term success by keeping Wiggins and those other young pieces. This kinda smells like desperation.