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January 19, 2014

Kemba Walker out about 2 weeks; what's next for the Charlotte Bobcats?

So Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson says his team lost its “heart-and-soul” and its “fight” when point guard Kemba Walker rolled his left ankle in the third quarter against the Miami Heat Saturday.

            Now what?

            Walker has played in all 190 NBA games he’s been eligible for since being chosen ninth overall in the 2011 draft. Walker has been durable almost to the point of reckless, playing with injuries coach Steve Clifford has said would sit most players.

            This is different. Walker sprained his ankle to the extent the ball of his joint nearly touched the floor. The Bobcats said in a statement Sunday that Walker is expected to miss 10 to 14 days with a second-degree sprain.

            How do they compensate? You need to drill into just what Walker does for this team:

            Walker might not be a great shooter (42 percent from the field), but he makes some huge shots under pressure situations. He cemented his reputation by pushing Connecticut through the 2011 Big East tournament, then on to the national championship.

            Walker leads the Bobcats this season in points (18.7 per game) and assists (five per game). He hasn’t always been a great ball-distributor, but that was improving: He had eight or more assists in each of his last three games.

            Some of that improvement was in the increased synergy between Walker and Jefferson. The Bobcats want to play inside-out, constantly feeding the ball to Jefferson in the post and forcing defenses to react. Jefferson recently said Walker was learning quickly how best to present himself as a target for passes when Jefferson draws double-teams.

            Part of the problem now is teams will be able to double Jefferson more aggressively because Walker won’t be there to punish them from the perimeter. Also Walker and Jefferson in the pick-and-roll was often the Bobcats’ best late-game strategy to score half-court baskets.

            Now that falls on reserve point guards Ramon Sessions and Jannero Pargo. Neither one plays quite like Walker.

            Sessions has exceptional straight-line speed off the dribble, which gets him to the foul line nearly five times per game. But he’s not as good a distributor (3.1 assists per game) or a 3-point shooter (20 percent from long range, as opposed to Walker’s 36 percent).

            The Bobcats signed Pargo for the season because Clifford wanted to know he had a reliable, experienced third option at the point who knew the system. He’s played in only nine of 42 games this season. Obviously that will change with Walker’s injury.

            Pargo isn’t a great distributor, but over his 10-season NBA career he’s shot 35 percent from 3-point range.

            There would never be a good time for Walker to get hurt, but this is a challenging span in the Bobcats’ schedule and they are sitting on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

            Starting with Monday’s 2 p.m. home game against the Toronto Raptors, the Bobcats play four games in six nights before a four-game West Coast trip to Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Oakland.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 19, 2014 at 04:12 PM | Permalink


You could really see his value at the end of the 4th and overtime last night. I know the offense is not great, but they could not execute at all. 2 weeks is less than I thought it would be after seeing it.

Posted by: Michael | Jan 19, 2014 5:49:00 PM

Sessions must recognize the well-known fact that there are four other players on his team...it's called 'PASS THE BALL'.

Posted by: eduardo | Jan 19, 2014 6:07:48 PM

this is the perfect opportunity to waive CDR, sign seth curry to a 10 day and throw a 4 game experiment out there.

that dude will not be back in 2 weeks. that ish looked BRUTAL. that has to be a month at least. if he's back in 2 weeks, that dude has bionic ankles.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 19, 2014 6:16:59 PM

Kemba is now one of the two best players of this team, and his absence will evidently hurt the Bobcats.

But, a little fairness toward Sessions won't hurt. He's not as good a distributor as Kemba? True, but ONLY since he's been playing for the Bobcats.

Before getting here, Sessions averaged 4.9 assists per game, in 25.3 mpg, over 5 NBA seasons.
This is 7.9 assists per 40 minutes.

Compare this to Kemba's 5 apg in 35.7 mpg (current season); this is just 5.6 assists per 40 minutes. Kemba's average for his three NBA seasons is 5.1 apg in 32.4 mpg, and this is 6.3 assists per 40 minutes.
6.3 a/40 (Kemba, per career) vs. 7.9 a/40 (Ramon, pre-Bobcats career) ...

Sessions came here as a true point guard, and since then has been doing what two coaches asked him to do: use your speed and drive, drive, drive, because what this team wants from you is, in the first place, scoring.

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I wrote this out of fairness for a player who helped our team the way he was expected to.

His role has to change now, and this won't be easy. As Rick mentioned, Kemba and Big Al had the time to learn to play together, feeding off each other.
It's a new job for Ramon, and this adjustment should take some time.

Add to this that Kemba is evidently a better scorer than Sessions, and that you're any day better off with Kemba and Ramon as his back-up than with Ramon and Pargo as the back-up, and yeah, a rough patch is to be expected now for the Cats.

Posted by: Sandy | Jan 20, 2014 2:34:46 AM

this is true regarding sessions. his quantity of passes has not been the problem. his quality on the otherhand, has been questionable. it's one thing for point guards to have turnovers. it's a completely different thing when your backup veteran pg enters the game and has 2 or 3 absolute bone head turnovers throwing the ball to nobody to start the 2nd quarter. he's had a lot of that this year. if he was doing it last year, i didn't notice it at all. i don't think he was.

but it's been a major problem this year. there was a string of games where he and gordon just gave games away and then shot the H outta the ball to get it back.

kemba has been improving a lot lately. he may have been really turning it up all around - sucks he'll miss time. that said, the duo of he and jefferson was never going anywhere. the sooner you come to grips with that, the sooner you'll be right. 12-21 this year. kemba at 24 has room to grow, al at 29 is what he is. both would have benefited from playing together more, but honestly what could they have gotten better at? these last few games they have been absolutely clicking on offense.

and then jefferson gave up a constant layup line defensively. it's an absolute joke defending this guy as a franchise big man. he is an ELITE scorer. there are centers more efficient, but NONE that give the volume AND efficiency other than tim duncan and maybe brook lopez.

but there is far less value in that, than there is in roy hibbert, tyson chandler, joakim noah, even kendrick perkins, deandre jordan, etc. etc. there's a reason THOSE guys win and jefferson's teams don't in spite of his elite offensive skills. he doesn't even bother contesting opponents' drives. it's just disgusting to watch. the offense is replaceable through good scheme. You can't scheme the defense any better than it already is.

and yeah....seth curry. sessions and pargo aren't getting us closer to the playoffs next year. they aren't going to be the backup 3 years from now. one of them should have been traded in the pg swapping that took place on saturday. the other should be gone before the deadline.

i can't help but rant endlessly because what the eff are they doing right now? there's no rhyme or reason to what's going on. it's back to that 2006-2009 no man's land, coaching carousel, not developing draft picks, weird trades, half steps, no direction what so ever. it's absolutely excruciating as a fan. i so desperately want them to find direction or make one more of those slap in your face dampier/diop type trades so I can go ahead and stop giving an eff.

why on earth was MKG not playing in OT. 16 minutes. he caught a few lebron calls, i get it. so you sit him the rest of the way? it's just absolutely pathetic coaching. indefensible. only silver lining is the draft stock rising. but what good is that pick going to be when we have another top 5 pick sitting on the bench next year?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 20, 2014 3:46:05 AM

We should trade Gerald Henderson and Bismack and Portland 1st rd pick to the magics for Aaron Afflo and a second round pick

Posted by: Demetrious | Jan 20, 2014 7:34:48 AM

Finally the Cats got rid of a huge ball hog in Kemba . His assists at the rim stat was atrocious an assists to turnover ratio . Now is an opportunity to move the ball and get man movement too . The Spurs had 6 back doors against the Cats . Move the ball and cut and screen . Jefferson has to stop his huge ball hogging too and pass when doubled . He must set way more screens for the wings instead of clogging their lanes to the basket demanding the ball from them after taking multiple shots . This is why his teams have never won anything and teammates and teams never ever want him back even tho they don't say this in public . He must try to be a help defender w his stone feet .

The team will survive if they have the mindset . Show Kemba that the best pt gds average no more than 17 wo being a high volume shooter . That they dish in the paint for easy buckets . That they don't kill transition by dribbling it up ct . That they willingly pass to guys trying to go back door . That pt gds make lob passes and stop opposing pt gds from easily getting in the lane . All this can be corrected right now in his abscence . The Spurs had 4 guys out but roll along bc of the passing system where bigs pass to cutters and bigs and pt gds pass to guys going back door. It can finally happen here bc one of the biggest ball hogs is down .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 20, 2014 8:05:57 AM

I totally agree w Charlotan . Jefferson is terrible . He plays no help defense or on ball defense . He was worthless in providing help on Lebron . Why is it that all the other centers pass out of doubles but he doesn't ? The ball never comes out his hands and teammates stand around . Make him screen and hand the ball off to the wings and not just Kemba . Make him set screens to free up the wings so they can get to the basket . Make him move the ball so other players stay hot and involved as they won't rebound , play defense or get loose balls until they do . He touches the ball way too much and it's easy to defend when all he does is ball hog . If you talk to old teammates , they privately will sound on him bc he's a huge ball hog . You will never get another top player to come and play w him either . If you ever expect a center who's a ball hog and who doesn't play on ball defense or help defense to get you anywhere inc to a playoff round , you're dreaming . Look at where his teams in the past went . He was not even going to get picked up anywhere else bc of his ball hogging and his defense but Cho threw everything at him . Lol. Ok . He can't play defense . At least he can hit cutters , move the ball , set screens and hand the ball off . When he's doubled , find someone open at a regular clip , not once or twice a game .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 20, 2014 8:20:18 AM

Mkg is a slasher . He cuts . He needs the ball passed to him off cuts and in transition . Kemba walks the ball up and kills any transition bc he's been told not to outrun help forcing shots . So now he walks it up so he can be involved in the offense . Kemba never gets the ball inside to Mkg . Jefferson never passes the ball to Mkg when his man doubles . Clifford has no clue how to use him bc he has two ball hogs who don't move the ball to slashers in Jefferson and Kemba . Mkg needs screens so he can drive . Low post curls for baby hooks . Isos where the greedy Jefferson is out of his way . Hendo too and Cdr . These guys will never develop in a system wo no system that doesn't play to their strengths like GS , Spurs , Pacers , Okc etc have . There's just two ball hogs and neither plays defense so tell me how far that will get you .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 20, 2014 8:30:04 AM

Sandy, good analysis on Sessions.

Iron man, good analysis on Shorty.

I get a kick out of this quote: “I feel really bad about Kemba,” said Jefferson, who missed time due to a preseason collision with Bosh’s foot. “Again, Chris Bosh has something going with the Bobcats about ankle injuries.”

I betcha the Nets and Knicks would say Shorty had it coming to him...

Posted by: Naslund Starmine | Jan 20, 2014 11:22:40 AM

how long before the stop the win-now bs and start looking at the young guys?

17-25. 12-21 with jefferson. does it continue all the way to 30-52? or do they smarten up when it gets around 20-37?

i feel like they will use the crutch of walker being out being the problem and continue down this path. 3 games ahead of the top 6 pick pace but trending downward. time to start moving some vets.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 20, 2014 1:34:30 PM

Oh my god. Sessions only had 2 assists today! Where were the lobs and back door cuts? Can't believe they won

Posted by: Steve | Jan 20, 2014 4:25:12 PM

it was toronto. another bad team parading around as a good team because of how bad everybody else is. al had an insane night (as he is capable of) and yet somehow nearly managed to blow it. I almost wondered if he and sessions were doing it on purpose there in the 4th.

i love how valancunius is untouchable to the raptors. and biz is a bust to our guys who they are surely getting ready to throw into the next diop/dampier type trade.

toronto is actually going about their thing the right way. they're starting 3 of their young core, riding with lowry and amir johnson (neither of which are older than 27), keeping their cap open, going to make the playoffs on the backs of their young guys. enviable to have a GM as competent as ujiri is. that dude has been making lemonade out of broccoli the last few years.

gerald henderson is a better version of demar derozan who looks like an inferior talent in comparison because of how toronto has played derozan up and we have played henderson down. those 2 studied in a vacuum are exactly what's wrong with this franchise. we NEVER get top value out of a player. gerald wallace is the ONLY guy who we let run wild, played to his strengths, disregarded his weaknesses, let him learn to shoot a little bit, and grow up from a 22 year old. he was the only one. everybody else has been square peg in a round hole. over and over and over.

this win coupled with new york, cleveland, detroit losing puts us further into no man's land. at least we're back on pace for 34 wins, right?! pop champagne©browz.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 20, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Toronto came into this game at 20-19.
One of only four teams with a winning record in the East (before this game).
They had all their starters, we missed one of the team's two best players.
So yes, it's a very nice win for the Bobcats. And a very good job for the point guards, in Kemba's absence.

The worst part for the Cats in this game was the rebounding. Allowing the Raptors 17 offensive rebounds (vs. just 2 offensive rebounds for the Cats) resulted in 28 second chance points (vs. none for the Cats) that kept the Raptors in the game.
Sure, there were the unforced TOs too, but the turnovers ONLY were not the big issue; the teams were almost even on this (12 Toronto, 13 Charlotte).
There, the main issue was that the Raptors were much more efficient than the Cats in converting TOs in fastbreak points, while the Bobcats became slow to run back for the transition defense in the second half.

Defensive rebounding is an important part of defense. This failure is on all the players, except for Jefferson. Even though the Raptors dominated the offensive boards, he was the top rebounder in this game: 19 rebounds, out of which 18 were defensive.
This issue needs to be addressed with the players, as far as working together for the rebounds goes; the potential for this is much better than seen last night.

18-25 after 43 games.
At this point of last season, we were 11-32.
The improvement is obvious.

What I want to see is improvement from one season to another. This is what's happening now, and there is every reason to expect further improvement next season. Still, Zeller and especially Biyombo should've played more last night. After seeing the Raptors' runs, including in minutes when the starters were on the floor, I'm sure we would've also won if these two had played some more minutes.

With the huge lead we had by the middle of the third quarter, I expected Ramon and Big Al to get some rest.
Didn't happen, they played throughout the whole quarter, while Biz was watching from the bench, both when the lead was built up, and when it started to be squandered.

But Hendo? There is nothing wrong about his development. He's a starter, he was given every chance to succeed, he's a good player who had eight games of 20 points or more this season. However, he's not All Star caliber; he's not a consistent shooter, he has both great games and some weaker ones.
In several recent games, he saw his shots weren't falling, so he drove more, he drew fouls and he scored from the free throw line. Good job!

Posted by: Sandy | Jan 21, 2014 12:31:15 AM

Was this the first 30 point lead for the Boob's in The Kemba Era? I sure don't remember it happening before...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 21, 2014 1:20:30 AM


A: 17.6%

Q: what is....


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 21, 2014 1:31:40 AM

what is MKG's 3 point % over the 2 years in the league.

3 for 17. he has almost as high a PPP as jefferson and higher than most guys on the team......higher than most guys in the league mind you he's the 5th youngest.....

and you're caught up on his 3 point shooting. as always.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 21, 2014 11:26:08 AM

What is the percentage of Nastar's brain that hasn't been raped by MJ?

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 21, 2014 11:42:49 AM

be careful dude, he's super sensitive to that word even when used metaphorically.

sandy that's not real improvement. that's improved roster, not improved play from the guys on the roster. swapping mullens and tyrus thomas for jefferson and zeller doesn't give us net improvement. the team as a whole isn't getting better.

if we ran out the walker/henderson/mkg/mcroberts (or zeller)/biyombo lineup THIS YEAR and played them 35+ mpg......how many wins would they have? because what we have over THAT is what the net improvement is. not vs. what was done last year with a younger core and roster. what's being done right now isn't an upward trend, it's a leveling off.

we're on pace for 34 wins, but winning at a 31 win pace with jefferson playing. and jefferson has never won more than.....what? 42 games or something?

i keep having a lot of opposition here when i'm arguing 2 main points: jefferson (and mcroberts for that matter) aren't good defenders, and the bobcats aren't good at developing talent. and that generally these 2 main points are keeping us from progressing towards contention.

there's no 50 win season on the horizon with al as the focal point. and nobody is getting better this year. there isn't a single player on the roster (not even jeff taylor pre injury) who has gotten better under clifford.

what a lot of people fail to understand is that by signing some talent and no developing talent, you never progress in value of your roster. you just replace empty space. look at houston.....

houston has successfully built a roster via draft, trade, and free agency. they signed howard. they traded picks for harden. the signed lin and asik. the drafted parsons, jones, motiejunas, signed beverley as a rookie, drafted aaron brooks (and traded him and back), etc.

they accumulated a ton of picks and talent some that worked out and others that didn't (white, gave away morris, moved patterson and aldrich for robinson and garcia, later gave away robinson to create cap room, etc.)

they signed guys like asik and lin at good value slots. both have trade value TODAY because of their reasonable length and cap figures (although small market teams are restricted by the balloon payments). they signed guys like casspi and beverley at even better value (minimums).

they get VALUE out of guys like parsons and motiejunas and others. they swung for the fences in landing harden while keeping the cap room to swing for the fences again on howard.

we look like we aren't even swinging the bat. we gave up one of those 2 salary slots on the guy that isn't THAT GUY. we still have another in the chamber, but there isn't anyone out there that fixes the other guys defense. he's killing people on offense and just giving it up on the other end. ask lebron what their strategy was in the 2nd half.

we draft guys higher than houston has and we get zero value out of any of them. we lose value on MKG, we lose value on Biz, we lose value on zeller, we lose value on everybody. so instead of swapping MKG for harden (as was offered by OKC) we probably couldn't get anywhere near a franchise guy, let alone a solid starter for him now.

meanwhile orlando could get that for oladipo who is NO DOUBT an inferior talent to MKG. but he's being given the ball, the minutes, the support, the confidence of the entire franchise. and he's 2.5 years older as a rookie.

orlando looks lost right now, but they are sitting on value in their roster. nelson, afflalo, nicholson, vucuvic, oladipo, harkless, harris, future picks, etc.....they have the ability to get better faster than we can. and a higher potential ceiling. just like washington jumped up (and still has room to grow) orlando will. we won't if we continue on this path.

even if you don't agree with the youth movement, you have to agree we aren't progressing in any kind of way. if you didn't want to go young, you trade the pick. you play the pick up and trade him. you don't diminish the value until the pick becomes worthless which is what we keep doing.

if we want to go all-in right now.......this year.......why wasn't mkg moved last summer for evan turner? philly was offering him to everybody. why didn't we draft noel instead of zeller if we weren't going to play him? why wasn't biz moved for asik or lopez or gortat or WHOEVER.

we are in no man's land without a plan. and going nowhere slowly.

i don't understand the opposition to my frustration. where do you see any potential of a 50 win season in the future?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 21, 2014 12:49:58 PM

Some observations from the game:
- Big Al has been exactly what we needed this year. He was at double double in 1st qtr and still had big game while sitting a chunk of it. Oh and that is with teams collapsing on him because they have no fear of us ever making a 3.
- We need to either be #4-6th playoff seed or start falling back.
- Biz and Zeller look so bad they make Josh look like a an allstar. I mean they just look so weak and lost out there. And Biz has gotten worse not better. And I was a huge fan of his.
- Hendo is not the starting SG we need to make a decent playoff run.
- MKG defense is really good enough to offset those horrible shots. I mean his few jumpers just looked terrifying. I mean beyond ugly and not even close to going in.
- Clifford is good coach!!

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Jan 21, 2014 1:48:59 PM

For the dummies , Sessions had a ton of hockey assists and he scored wo being a volume shooter . Henderson and McRoberts w 5 assists each took care of passing inside at the rim . And incredibly , so did Jefferson . This doses not happen w the overdribbling ball hog Kemba who's trying to make the Allstar team . Sessions was huge in transition as was Pargo as they passed the ball up ct instead of killing transition like Kemba does dribbling it .

Jefferson played good help defense just enough too . Henderson was blind but he finds ways to impact w defensive stops , getting the team in the bonus and getting to the line . So was Sessions . If Jefferson hits cutters and passes out of doubles and hands the ball off after screens , they will be hard to beat . Now everyone sees w ball movement , you don't need a ball hogging pt gd that forces stuff at the rim , never hits the roller in pick n rolls and gets zero dimes at the rim . Trade him now . When the ball moves , players move and cut . It increases their shooting and they all play harder . Kemba is a huge ball hog . Jefferson was until last night .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 21, 2014 2:04:05 PM

HE PLAYED 38 MINUTES how the eff is that "sitting a chunk of it"

only starter who IS playoff caliber is MKG and he's barely playing. mcroberts SHOULD look better than zeller. the offense is borderline geared to him and we're talking first half of rookie year vs. a ~6 year vet. given the circumstances he should look better. but he isn't better than zeller OR biz and by not playing them, we're getting further and further from contention.

even if we wanted to trade them, we can't get anywhere close to what we paid for them in value because we've devalued them both so much. mkg too.

but sure......al's going to take us to the 34 win promise land.

biz is so bad to all of you.....yet he both scores way more per possession and allows less or the same per possession EVEN WHILE PLAYING WITH GUYS LIKE SESSIONS TOLLIVER AND BEN GORDON ON THE FLOOR WITH HIM.

somebody please let me know when al's offensive stats lead to any sort of team success ever. posting up and sitting around worked in the 90's because of the lack of hand check fouls and 6-8 point guards. that changed. so...awesome. glad we could compete effectively in the 90's. what the eff are we doing to compete in the present-future?!

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 21, 2014 2:05:28 PM

Zeller and Cdr have to step up on the second unit and score . BIZ has to rebound and block shots and demand point blank dimes for dunks along w put backs . Pargo has to continue to do it all . Mkg has to tell Clifford to get screens for him to drive and to get curls and baby hooks to help the starters . A starter has to score w the bench each game . Show the world that team work is King . Mkg has to rebound to stop the offensive rebounds . They can do along w passing the ball to show Kemba how passing wins games and not hero ball . Sessions is 1 and 0 starting . He's 42 and 145 .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 21, 2014 2:09:43 PM

If Jefferson goes back to ball hogging and missing open cutters , he should be benched and run out of town . It's time he shows the nba that he has a brain and can hit cutters , screen and hand off to wings and not be a ball hog that has won nothing everywhere he's stopped . Last night was incredible w 7 assists . He can't regress . No one wants to play w him . Now they will come and it's all on him . Hit cutters . Save your soul . Bless you man .

Posted by: Iron man | Jan 21, 2014 2:14:44 PM

They can't with Sessions only contributing 2 assists. Won;t happen without him finding guys for alley opps and back door cuts...oh wait...they won? Oops

Posted by: Steve | Jan 21, 2014 3:01:40 PM

Kemba is the man, No if ands or buts. An all star if he had better support. No way to get dimes on this team. Al is a blck hole md Gerald is all 1 on 1.

As far as FGA per game Kyrie, Lillard, Westbrook, Curry, Wall, etc. take more shots per game. And they get easier shots off pick and roll and fast breaks.

Posted by: Tyrese Jones | Jan 21, 2014 10:07:44 PM

"we are in no man's land without a plan. and going nowhere slowly."

I've been telling you The Plan has no clothes, like forever...but you didn't believe -- now you do.

Another one...

A: 30%

Q: what is...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 2:04:59 AM

"you don't need a ball hogging pt gd that forces stuff at the rim , never hits the roller in pick n rolls and gets zero dimes at the rim . Trade him now . When the ball moves , players move and cut . It increases their shooting and they all play harder . Kemba is a huge ball hog."

That's good analysis. You slurpers should sit up and listen to Iron man.

Remember slurpers, getting to the 1st round of the playoffs IS-NOT-GOOD-ENOUGH. Air Minimum his promised us *repeated forays deep into the playoffs*...

...rest assured, this will not happen as long as he is owner.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 2:14:26 AM

A: 30%

Q: what is…Nastar's 9th grade reading comprehension score?

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 22, 2014 10:06:37 AM

the plan wasn't the issue, the patience was. the jumped too early this summer (and i said it when they did it). they aborted the plan wayyyyyyy too early.

MKG might be shooting 30% on 3's right now if they hadn't aborted the plan. have you seen demar derozan's 3 pt shooting? it's awful. MKG could top that if given the green light and confidence. the shot is ugly but it isn't ineffective. the guy made shots before we told him his shot was horrible.

keeping all of this in mind......i'm the idiot that wanted barnes in the draft. i'm the idiot that wanted to keep augustin and draft leonard instead of walker. i'm the idiot that wanted to draft noel (which he and biz would have created an ALL TIME GREAT defensive juggernaut). i'm the idiot that said they should have never fired dunlap. and i'm the idiot that said when they signed jefferson that it was derailing the plan and moving too soon. I had the slightest inkling of faith in the idea that he was only going to slightly eat into the young guys' minutes, provide some mentoring, and act as a 2 year placeholder while we are SUPER patient in grooming them, and we would make a big move using gordon's expiring or cap space to acquire the actual franchise guy.

all that faith went out the window when jeff adrien started getting PT, zeller is playing less than 20 mpg, mkg is playing way less, mcroberts and al are playing a TON and winning LITTLE, and our coach showing no patience or desire to coach zeller and biz and mkg. that's 3 top 10 picks in a row that our coach isn't playing correctly, sufficiently, or showing any kind of confidence in. WHY THE EFF DID THEY HIRE THE GUY AGAIN?

they keep doing the same ish over and over and over again. this is felton, okafor, morrison, ajinca, augustin all over again. dumbest from office in the league over and over again and that's saying something given how ridiculously stupid john hollinger's moves in memphis have been dismantling a title contender into mediocrity in the name of statistics (which some of you might want to look into PER a little bit more before putting so much stock into it)

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 22, 2014 10:18:22 AM

All Plans consist of 2 components, (i) the strategy and (ii) the personnel. In order for a Plan to succeed both components must be sound. Air Min, Yes Co. & Cho are inherently flawed...it's a bummer but always the case with morons. Hence, the second component of The Plan was not sound, and as such The Plan never had clothes -- it was doomed from the get-go.

30% is M-CSS-KG's FT% since his return, this is inexcusable. He should be able to hit double that with one hand tied behind his back and one eye closed.

apauldds, I see you've cracked under the pressure... Your behaviour is textbook of a slurper who has finally realized all hope is lost as long as Air Min is at the wheel. Don't worry fella, admitting you were delusional is the first step to a better place, now get on board with me and clltn calling for new management!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 11:26:03 AM

33% is the correct number, not 30%. All other observations and conclusions are accurate and remain the same.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 11:29:05 AM

I think we need someone like Kyrie, Westbrook, Curry, and Wall who epitomize not being a ball hog.

Posted by: Tyrese Jones | Jan 22, 2014 12:42:53 PM

Tyrese, so what you're saying is we need a Point Guard running the point, not a 2 Guard...

...I agree.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 1:44:49 PM

did i just read that russell westbrook epitomizes not being a ballhog?

this is the guy that was completely ripped apart for being just that in the finals a few years ago.

we had augustin. and augustin epitomize(d)(s) a point guard. can't wait to watch he and kyrie go at it tonight. noah vs. deng. boozer out, gibson in. bulls have no chance, right? no hinrich, no rose, no boozer, no chance, right? especially with that bust of a draft pick augustin, right?

you guys keep blaming the picks. there is almost NO GM in the league that knows what they're doing in the warroom on draft night. it's luck of the draw for the most part. it's picking based on fit more than it is talent because the talent is often obscured at that point. the guys that succeed are because the team wants them to succeed and invests in them. it's not microwave popcorn.

i want to see zeller vs. griffin and biyombo vs. jordan tonight. I don't want to see josh mcroberts and al jefferson getting dunked on repeatedly. you want to talk about a layup line? lebron ran one the other night.....the entire clippers roster is going to run one tonight.

j.j. redick could dunk on al jefferson. that's the level of rim protection he provides. i so desperately want to see j.j. do that ish too. somebody tweet that ish to him.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 22, 2014 2:45:05 PM

and somebody PLEASE sit steve martin down and explain to him that it is TONY wroten not TROY wroten. he has until april 2nd to correct this. he has refused thus far this season.

among other things he says on air that baffle me.

if you pay close attention he'll throw in some 90's names in error every once in a while. "kemba drives right, dishes to kendall gill in the corner"

he needs to be replaced as well. absolutely hi-jacks dell curry's catchphrases.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 22, 2014 2:49:19 PM

At least Martin is honest. He readily acknowledges Shorty is only 5'11 at best...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jan 22, 2014 3:42:52 PM

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