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@cal646 I don't think it's his willingness, it's his tunnel vision & his lack of vision during postups. Lopez often goes into scoring mode, which is fine, because he's great at it. Unfortunately during his "scoring modes", he tends to lean WAY over reducing his 7 foot size almost entirely. This eliminates him being able to see the other side of the floor and his only outlet is really just the guy closest to him on the perimeter.
I'd like to see Lopez learn the art of standing tall in the post, palming the ball with one hand to keep it away from the defender, and surveying the court before making his move.
2 years, 2 months ago on How Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, and Mirza Teletovic Will Make or Break Joe Johnson's Season
@JamisonA Not sure I follow. You are saying Lakers would be a swap of bad contracts which I get. But Nets would take them away completely if they can match the salaries at the 125% mark. Which is more overpaid, Lopez at $12M over 4 or Bynum at $19M over 5 years? Plus you get draft picks in addition to your own pick (likely lottery)?
2 years, 3 months ago on The case for trading Dwight Howard to the Lakers
Yeah sounds all dandy, but severely flawed. First of all, LA is NOT accepting Hedo, Duhon & J-Rich without a commitment from Howard, which he is apparently not going to give any team by Brooklyn. Second, Orlando would be trading for a center with shaky knees who is going to become a free agent NEXT summer? So the Magic can go through this again? And then the Magic are locked up with a max (yes he's getting a max) contract for the next 5 years? And the Lakers have no draft picks to send. So while Brooklyn's might be mid-20's, so would the Lakers - except you can't even get any from them after the Nash deal.
So basically it's Lakers deal of max contract free agency conundrum next summer, no cap relief, and no draft picks - or - Nets give you 20PPG center with poor rebounding/defense at probably $12M a year, find a third team for Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and 3-4 mid-to-late draft first round picks. Sorry, but that's a no brainer.
Unfortunately, another "maybe" will also require Lopez agreeing to a S&T to Orlando in order to bring Dwight in.
2 years, 4 months ago on Maybe
Nice summary. I thought MarShon was surprising for the 25th pick, but likely that's because he was put into a spot he wouldn't normally on a contending team (starting position). He's got some amazing offensive moves, but also some incredibly head scratching decision making. He needs LOTS of muscle and conditioning, as noted in this piece, as well as more time in non-iso situations. When Deron went down and Gaines was being as awful as Gaines is, Brooks often held the PG spot and I thought he did a great job for a rookie.
2 years, 5 months ago on Net Worth: MarShon Brooks
Would like to see the Landlord back next year. He's a hustle player who works hard when he's out there, and that's what you want from a deep bench guy.
2 years, 5 months ago on Net Worth: Shelden Williams
Agreed. He WAS the reason I watched the pointless games at the end.
2 years, 5 months ago on Net Worth: Gerald Green
Love it as well. I'm sure Jay-Z already has his all black fitted with the B on it.
2 years, 5 months ago on Is This The Brooklyn Nets Logo?
Excellent piece and perfectly summarized my emotions as well. It's just an embarrassment to go to those games, and I'm a season ticket holder. I sell those games because I can't deal with listening to another team's fanbase roaring against my team. I can't wait to get out of NJ, good riddance.
2 years, 6 months ago on Here We Go
@bfrank So Portland truly got unlucky by winning the draft lottery? C'mon. Everything is so easy to say in hindsight, but how do you pave a path forward using hindsight? How many teams have failed miserably at the draft rebuild? I'll give you one: the Nets. Throughout their history.
2 years, 6 months ago on Why I'm Quitting Superstars.
It's so easy to say "do it like OKC", but how?? How many players turn out to be Kevin Durant? And they LOST the lottery by only getting the 2nd pick, but that was their good fortune. Luck, good fortune and finger crossing is the "OKC model". Meanwhile, the Mavericks you have listed have done most of their acquisitions by trade outside of Dirk.
@SouthSydeEnt @CarloSimone Well with Lopez, he's a RFA. If you didn't want him, he essentially becomes an expiring contract. If you add in MarShon Brooks, you have the 2nd best rookie from this year, and if the Nets throw in this year's #1 pick it will probably be lottery. So you can have nothing or... expiring contracts to get rid of salary, the 2nd best rookie of this year (so far), and a lottery pick. I dunno, that seems better than nothing, but I'm a Nets fan. I went through this with Kidd a few years back.
2 years, 7 months ago on 3-on-3 roundtable: Dwight Howard’s future with the Magic and legacy in Orlando
If all three of you think he walks in the offseason, why do you all think he won't be traded? Those two don't seem to jive, unless you think the Magic are OK with him walking away for nothing.
@ezrafischer He was talking about MarShon when he sarcastically said "There is no other player the Magic could possibly want. Yup. None."
The Magic will 10000% want Brooks. Does Billy give him up? For Dwight, almost certainly.
2 years, 8 months ago on When you wish upon a star
Great piece. I do find it odd though that people continue to bring up the $27M as a huge factor in Dwight's decision, but disregard it completely when discussing Deron bolting the Nets at the end of the season. Personally I think it's a bit misleading since it's the 5th year that accounts for most of the money in that figure, but still - if it's a huge deal for Dwight it has to be a huge deal for Deron.
Exactly. He can shoot a jumper that he knows he can make... or pass it to Petro. Yeah, um shoot that rook. @calling all toasters
2 years, 9 months ago on Nets Playbook: Should Marshon Brooks Be Passing More?
Good piece but his options are to feed Petro or Shawne Williams. -____-
It doesn't seem that confusing to me. He has 1 guaranteed year on his contract for about $7.5M. Should he come back next year and be a shell of his former self, he'll have no shot at making any sizable money after next year. However, if he opts out now, even if he only got 3 years at 5 million each guaranteed, that's guaranteed double the money he'd get if he stayed put (and risked showcasing a failing body). And he'll get more than $5M each year, so it's a smart move on his part. Very very risky for teams to sign him though.
3 years, 3 months ago on David West Takes The Risk Of Opting Out | June