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Lavar says Melo is not happy


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5 hours ago, Icege said:

Lamelo's defense was a concern before the draft and is a concern now. 

These are also the same fans that think dumb poo like CMC is a slot WR, NY makes good BBQ, QAnon is real, and that Burger King makes good food.

This is only a valid argument if Graham’s defense is good, which it isn’t.

Lamelo has 3 double doubles and 1 triple double, Graham has just 2 double doubles. Lamelo does that in 10 minutes less per game sharing floor time with the Martin twins while Graham gets the bulk of his minutes with Hayward. Lamelo scores more per 40, rebounds more per 40, assists more per 40. Lamelo 6.3% higher FG%. Devontae 2.4% better from 3. In PER Lamelo is above league average at 16.08 Graham is well below league average at just 12.6. Even last year, which may be the best year he will ever have, Graham was only a 15.82 PER.

And yet, Lamelo gets 10 minutes less per game. There’s nothing to argue at this point, it’s clear as day. Borrego had a real easy opportunity to move Lamelo into the starting lineup and nobody would have faulted him, even Graham. Graham plays like crap all season, Lamelo becomes youngest in history with a triple double, easy move into the starting lineup and you can stick by your “earning it” philosophy and everybody’s happy and you’ve made the right decision.
 

Instead, he botched it. He cut Lamelo’s minutes, and I think he may be starting to lose some of the young guys now because they see it doesn’t matter what they do or how shitty the guy is in front of them, they are trapped in whatever hole the coach has put them in.

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20 hours ago, WUnderhill said:

This is only a valid argument if Graham’s defense is good, which it isn’t.

That is a hell of a strawman.

The only valid rebuttal is if Graham's defense is worse, which the proof for that was lauding Ball's obvious playmaking ability?

The kid's gonna start eventually. Right now, the big question is whether or not he can improve upon his defense.

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1 hour ago, Icege said:

That is a hell of a strawman.

The only valid rebuttal is if Graham's defense is worse, which the proof for that was lauding Ball's obvious playmaking ability?

The kid's gonna start eventually. Right now, the big question is whether or not he can improve upon his defense.

Is it? When you have 2 players who are bad defensively, but one player is clearly better in all other aspects of the game, it doesn’t make much sense to say the better player doesn’t start because of his defense.

Besides that, it also assumes he is a worse defender than Graham, but is he? Graham’s DBPM is -1, Lamelo’s is 0.9. So Lamelo is actually better.

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On 1/27/2021 at 12:35 AM, SizzleBuzz said:

Air Dolt took full control of all basketball operations when he came on in June of 2006.

 

https://populartimelines.com/timeline/Michael-Jordan

"As part of the deal, Jordan took full control over the basketball side of the operation, with the title "Managing Member of Basketball Operations"."

 

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/chicago-bulls/photos-michael-jordan-through-years

"On June 15, 2006, Jordan announced he had bought a minority stake of the Charlotte Bobcats. As part of the deal, Jordan was named Managing Member of Basketball Operations and given full control over the basketball side of the team operation."

Thats just full control over a part of the team. He took full control in 2010.

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2 hours ago, Hugor Hill said:

Thats just full control over a part of the team. He took full control in 2010.

Wins & losses is all that matters...

...like Pat Riley in Miami, Air Dolt has had full-control since 2006. 

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I don't give a single solitary fug if LaMelo is happy right now or not It's not the job of the coach to make him happy, it's to be fair. The vast majority of people here are already on their knees to kiss his ass, but if you start taking lineup advice from an 18 year old kid, you've already lost. He's the new GM. Half of the mission with taking this kid was the fact that he was going to have to be humbled and learn how to be a good teammate and that comes with maturity. I was disgusted in his first attempt at the triple double how he passed up a wide open shot in a close game in favor of a bad shot because he wanted the assist to get there. That's the kind of garbage we never need to see again. Being a rookie in this league, you're going to have to earn your burn. Coming into the game and trying to force things and turning the ball over is not going to get you MORE playing time. I am very glad that Borrego is standing on principles here because this ain't LaMelo's team yet. It will be soon, but not today. He was like -26 or some garbage with the second unit last game when all the starters were plus. He's about 1 minute per game behind Anthony Edwards and about 3 ahead of James Wiseman. People acting like he's been stapled to the bench need to get real about it. This is how you break rookies into the league. 

And I hate to say this so early, but unless something changes drastically regarding this kid's ego, he's going to be out of here before his rookie deal is up. Charlotte isn't big enough to produce the clout he thinks he's already earned. That was the danger with this pick even if you believed in the talent. 

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15 hours ago, Scott12345 said:

If rozier is hurt he will

It shouldn’t take that to happen but in the world of pro sports, opportunities are sometimes borne out of another’s misfortune.

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On 1/31/2021 at 4:37 AM, NAS said:

27 pts, 9 assists in only 31 minutes against the Bucks. His plus/minus was +37

He needs to start

I can see both arguments. It may be better for him in the long run to not start this year, but if we are trying to win games and make the playoffs this year then we need to start him and have him playing 30-35+ minutes every night as he gives us our best chance to win.

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