Friday, October 26, 2007

Sam Smith's Latest As Sharp As A Sledgehammer

BenGo07 is much better at this, but I didn't need Sam Smith to jump up and down on a downer of a preseason finale. I'll ignore Sam's thesis that the Bulls aren't having fun, because I don't care, and Sam just wanted to rip on Tyrus Thomas anyway.
As for Thomas, he is young, though perhaps someone should allow him to study the system. He seems to wander around on offense looking for a lob. He doesn't appear to have much of an impact on the game, which is somewhat embarrassing given the fabulous production of Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, just coming off a 31-point, 13-rebound effort after 29 and nine a few nights ago.
Yep. I really wish Aldridge had scored 31 meaningless points in a meaningless game for the Bulls instead of Tyrus Thomas. Is anyone impressed by that? What was Aldridge doing in an exhibition long enough to score all those points?

Relevant evidence (+/- rating) from the 2006-07 season shows Thomas made a more positive impact for the Bulls than Aldridge did for the Blazers. Someone tell Phil Jackson to tell Sam to grow up.


Blogger BenGo07 said...

The other relevant point to bring up here is that the Blazers need Aldridge to score 31 and 29 points. Outside of Roy, he has to be the focal point of their offense. But if Ty, in starter's minutes, can get 8 pts, 9-10 boards, and 2+ blocks, this team will be GREAT.

9:57 AM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

What made the finale a "downer"? The injuries? Aside from those, I thought the team looked great, particularly the big Three.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

The injuries made it a downer. Why even bother playing Gordon, Hinrich, Deng, and Ben Wallace in a preseason finale? I would have signed Kendall Gill to a 10 day contract just to play in the preseason.

More on Aldridge: His 9 TRB/40 last season doesn't help Sam's argument.

10:12 AM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

Sam had an argument? It seemed to me like he was just bitching, and then cherry picked some data that he could use to pass off as evidence.

As for the injuries, they don't sound too bad (knocking on wood), and I think there's some value in getting your starters some serious game time minutes for at least a little bit before the season starts. Particularly since Gordon and Deng hadn't played with the other starters in a game at all during the preseason, it made sense to me to let them dudes play with Wallace and Kirk for a lot of the first half.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

I find it hard to believe there is a reasonable alternative to fielding an entirely different roster just for the preseason.

12:57 PM  

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