Just wanted to add that even if LA and CB didn't mesh together, one can use the incredible power of hindsight and trade Bosh for a nice return well before the 2010 free agent circus, knowing that LA is an all-star calibre replacement at PF. LOL.
Well if we're abusing hindsight like that, then personally I wouldn't even take LA, Bargs or Roy.
I'd take Rondo in heartbeat over any of them.
Actually, with hindsight, I'm sure we could somehow find a way to assemble a starting lineup of: Dwight, Dirk, Lebron, Wade & Chris Paul. Ok, the gag's getting stale now.... move on.
i stand corrected. one cannot change his entire personality. nobody can. but you can change one aspect of it, at a time. and that is possible. changing your personality towards basketball is definitely doable. some people use drugs or other bad things in life, but sometime in their lives they are able to change this aspect of their personality and become good people. And learning defense compared to shaking off drugs is definitely a lot easier thing to do. its not about maturity, i had a cousin who had a baby at 17 and she lived through it. Its not about age, its when youre hit with the consequence that you have to man up. And for Bargnani, this is his last straw to man up.
By the way, I think the pairing of Bosh and Aldridge would fail miserably when the playoffs rolled around.
Maturity can lead to a greater sense of accountability and a stronger work ethic.
Both are subpar defenders. Neither has the weight or strength to match up against many of the Bigger bodies in the league. And both require the ball down low to be effective. Remember the whole big deal Bosh made about not getting the ball where he needs it? You think he'd do any better with another guy who needs the ball in basically the same place?
Remember when they paired Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury together, saying they'd be like Walt Frazier and Earl "the Pearl" .. ya look how good that turned out.
Unless one half of the pairing is a standout at both ends (Tim Duncan) then a pairing like this just doesn't work.
As for Bargnani, to say he's got to man up is being way too hard on him. He's not Eddy Curry or even Turkoglu. He's not as lazy as some portray him, but what he doesn't seem to have is that drive that pushes some players to get the most out of their talent. I truly don't think it's laziness that is his biggest problem on defense. It's a combination of lack of instincts and lack of intensity (which is different from laziness). Both are incredibly difficult to change, especially for a 25 year old who's already been playing professionally for as long as he has.
As I said, Aldridge and Bosh would not have been a match made in heaven, but far better than Bosh and Bargnani. Aldridge is a better defender and rebounder than Bargnani and is nearly the scorer.
And yes he's a better rebounder than Bargs as well, but he's no Reggie Evans either. Would he be just as good with the better-Rebounding Bosh playing beside him?
Bosh has Career Rebounding numbers better than the BEST season Aldridge has ever had, and he's only a year older than him.
And once again, at least with Bargnani and Bosh on the floor, one could step out and allow the other more space to work inside.
Both Bosh and LA need the ball within 15ft of the net, to be effective. So neither of them is stepping out any further. Thus crouding the lane, and making each less effective.
But again, I think Rondo would have been the best pick out of any of them.
I think it really comes down to the fact the he is lazy, and to me, that speaks volumes about a persons maturity level.
I think Apollo is bang on. With maturity comes the ability to realize the magnitude of ones actions. Or inaction.
We've seen him grab tons of rebounds in games. It's not that he CAN'T do it, or is incapable of doing it. He's just lazy.
I do fully agree with this though.Tim W. wrote:
I've seen the competitve fire in Bargs before.
Mostly just when the games actually mean something. Which hasn't been for a while.
Last edited by Joey; Thu Oct 6th, 2011 at 02:51 PM.
As for spacing, you're talking as if every successful team has one big man who can shoot the three. That's obviously no true at all. Besides, both Bosh and Aldridge can step out to 15 feet, which leaves a hell of a lot of room around the court. Neither are guys that need to work on one block or the other. I don't understand how you could argue that spacing would be bad with those two.
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