Sunday, November 23, 2014

Corey Rockafeler NBA RAW -ICYMI

I.C.Y.M.I  ( In Case You Missed It). Welcome to our first NBA RAW I.C.Y.M.I

~ Looking at the 76ers- Knick game on Saturday, was a tad bit cringe-inducing. It was sort of like  watching the the tallest midget contest. At least the 76ers know they are in tankapoolza. What is the excuse for the Knicks? Oh yeah, Melo in ESPN magazine saying he wants to be known as a "taste-maker" and "more than just a basketball player." Interesting priorities. How about starting Melo with being know as a guy who is more than just a defensively-deficient, prodigious ball-dominant scorer who rarely makes his teammates better. I think that would be a better staring point after 10 years in the league huh!

~ Staying in New York, the staunchest defenders of the triangle all realize an inescapable truth- you have to have the right players for this triple-post offense ... like say a true post player.  That means Zenmiester and his acolyte coach , D. Fish are making a fatal mistake. They have neither the post presence, nor the high-hoops IQ players needed to make the triangle work. Memo-create a system that fits your players. After all that is what good coach's and GM's do.

~  Denver Nugget, center, Javale McGee comparing himself to up and coming superstar Anthony " the brow" Davis  of the New Orleans Pelicans is ... how can we put this delicately.... delusional.  With all due respect, Javale you are not even on the same planet with AD. Now if you were speaking in terms of height, my humble apologies.

~The Clippers were supposed to be contenders right? Blake, CP3, DeAndre....NOT.  The Clippers are not only playing soft, they have no perimeter defense-unless you still think 35-year old Matt Barnes is the answer. Offensively, they are still way to reliant on the ball-dominant CP3 to create with pick-and-rolls. Elite defensive teams know this will and take ball out of Paul's hands in the post-season. There is no one else to create of the bounce. Sorry Jamal Crawford. Get ready for another post-season flame out.

~ Barring another injury( well they seem happen every year) to Andrew Bogut, the Warriors will be the team to beat in the West along with the Spurs. They still need a viable back-up at the 5. But the second unit is fortified with Iggy, Harrison Barnes and David Lee. With the Splash brothers on the perimeter, Draymond as the stretch-4, Bogut in the paint, these boys can play on both sides of the ball. Watch out.

~Milwaukee may not be ready for prime-time, but they are assembling some great pieces and playing D. They have the 4th best D in the NBA allowing opposing teams only 97.7 points per 100 possessions. With a front line of the Greek Freak,Antetokounmpo, John Henson, and Larry Sanders all at near 7 feet tall with 7-4 wing spans, they can defend the perimeter, the interior, and embarrass all those dumb enough to think they can make ESPN highlights of the night.  Coach J Kidd has these boys playing hard. With another lottery piece,  and some battle-scarred veterans this team will be a contender in two years.

~ Get familiar with the name Emmanuel Mudiay. The soon to be top 3 pick is a franchise point guard with all the tools to be a superstar in the league. Instead of playing for Larry Brown at SMU, Mudiay is playing pro hoops in China for the Guandong Southern Tigers. He is a walking triple-double. Imagine  John Wall with a J, and Rubio's vision, and Rondo's D. This kid is REAL

Until next time...... See you when I see you.

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