You think the Bulls have lost the Bench Mob? The Bench Mob 2.0 has a chance to be better than them in every aspect. No doubt in my mind we make the playoffs. Outside of Asik, the bench is essentially the same/better.
Bellineli is an upgrade over Korver who never had the consistency we had hoped for.
Nate averaged 11 points 4 assists last year and is instant offense. MUCH improved over CJ Watson.
Nazr is a legit 7 footer, which is a great addition for for what we are paying him..
Radmonivic is replacing Scal, who is a fan favorite but wasn't playing any significant minutes.
And last but not least the anchor of the Bench Mob Taj Gibson.
We have the potential to be a contender this year, especially with an overly weak eastern conference.
I'm a little skeptical. Losing Asik in favor of Radmonivic/Mohammed will hurt and I doubt Bellinelli will be much better than Korver. Korver didn't have the greatest stretch there with the Bulls, but when he was on, he was much more valuable than Bellinelli ever will be.
I do like the acquisition of Nate Robinson, though. He will bring scoring to a team that needed offense even before Rose went down. Hinrich is also a decent addition to help temporarily replace Rose.
I do agree with you that the Bulls make the playoffs. The Celtics made the playoffs last year with the fifth worst offense in the league, and the Bulls defense is almost as good as the Celtics'. The Bulls will be able to win a lot of defensive battles.
Teague is also excited about the shooters and fully expects the Hawks’ offense to flow much better this season than in previous years.
And this is what it all boils down to, really. It is not about the team saluting Rondo as he walks in the door, falling in line for inspection, and waiting for his inspirational words of wisdom. It is about trust. At 26 years old, Rondo has earned the unequivocal trust of his Hall of Fame teammates. They trust him to see things, say things, and tell them things that will lead to the team's ultimate success. For Garnett and Pierce, the pressure is off. mkhi7878
But it does mark another step along the way to a more complete, more mature player. Perhaps Rondo's career is a bit like running up a big sand dune. Every stride brings progress, and then a little slide. The key, though, is to keep going, and realize that it is a lot of hard work and a bit of frustration to get to where you need to be.oip89
Griffin went on to say that the existence of the rule is good in theory, but he doubts it will make a difference on the court: “It’s not going to win or lose games for anybody… But now you’re telling me if it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he’s going to be like, ‘Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?’p9o[8908
It’s a fair assessment. I think most fans, players, and coaches alike know that flopping is a problem, and doesn’t belong in the league. The trouble is, how do you fix it? Will a policy like this actually work? My main concern would be how it is enforced, since judging whether somebody is flopping is completely subjective. Granted, some, if not most, are pretty obvious, but what happens the first time someone gets suspended or fined heftily for a controversial flop?lgkjgjkg
It’s a fair assessment. I think most fans, players, and coaches alike know that flopping is a problem, and doesn’t belong in the league. The trouble is, how do you fix it? Will a policy like this actually work? My main concern would be how it is enforced, since judging whether somebody is flopping is completely subjective. Granted, some, if not most, are pretty obvious, but what happens the first time someone gets suspended or fined heftily for a controversial flop?987978
“Right now, we have so much competition at each position. The point guard position, the two, the three, the four – the four I would have to say Andrea (Bargnani) has pretty much got that solidified right now – but the five position and those positions are going to be competitive as far as for minutes.”hgjnfgh56
Under Colangelo, the competition for minutes in Toronto has been somewhat suspect in the past as every one of his lottery picks has been guaranteed a spot in the rotation, whether this cost the Raptors wins or not. This year, things may have changed.jgfhjfj6565445
“(The rotation is) probably eight to nine (players),” Casey said. “If (the rookies) are not in the rotation, they are going to get a lot of individual work. This year is about winning, getting the five, eight, nine guys on the court that are going to produce a win. We are not going to use games to develop guys like we did last year.”jhkghfjf
The battle lines for playing time have been drawn in Toronto and there will be no free rides for young, developing players this time around. What the Raptors lineup will look like by opening night is already starting to take shape.;l'op
As for Zeller, he had his best half as a pro in the first two quarters. Then he spent the rest of the game looking like a rookie. Thats expected. But it doesnt make it any less frustrating for fans. Bottom line: Better get used to it.
Now back to that glue and Kirilenko, who seems to vocalize everything in his own perfect, poetic way. The Russian veteran could be the spokesperson for the team at this point, with his sound bytes that transform what might otherwise be clichés or trite athlete-speak into comprehensible wisdom. He knows what he wants to contribute, and his approach should color the way the team thinks about its game from now on.bvsgfsdf
First and foremost, Noah was encouraged by the fact that Carlos Boozer and Rip Hamilton came into camp in great shape and were aggressive in preseason.
“I don’t know if it’s one specific person (who surprised me), but I think Carlos came in in great shape,” Noah said. “He’s very aggressive offensively, so I’m really excited about playing with ‘Los. … Rip as well. I think Rip is just such a big part of what we’re doing right now. … He makes it easier for guys like me to get easy baskets. But, like I said, it’s our whole group.”