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    Guys Fields in his interview claims the injury started becoming noticeable in training camp.
    After he was signed.

    Also, its not his elbow, rather his hand clenches up randomly every now and then. He was trying to shoot through it, and that may be that weird adjustment he always makes when he shoots. Many of us noticed the 'hitch' in his shot.

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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    Guys Fields in his interview claims the injury started becoming noticeable in training camp.
    After he was signed.

    Also, its not his elbow, rather his hand clenches up randomly every now and then. He was trying to shoot through it, and that may be that weird adjustment he always makes when he shoots. Many of us noticed the 'hitch' in his shot.
    It's the Ulnar Nerve, which runs from the elbow to the hand. The surgery was done on the elbow likely to help the effects on his hand.
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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    Guys Fields in his interview claims the injury started becoming noticeable in training camp.
    After he was signed.

    Also, its not his elbow, rather his hand clenches up randomly every now and then. He was trying to shoot through it, and that may be that weird adjustment he always makes when he shoots. Many of us noticed the 'hitch' in his shot.
    I'm pretty sure the surgery was on his elbow, to move the nerve (listen to the video clip that got posted yesterday). It was the nerve in the elbow that, every time the elbow bent, caused his finger to clench. Cause and effect...

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    They're going to have to learn the hard way sooner or later don't they? Why not do it now? Doesn't a player grow by learning from his mistakes? The team is 2-6 so its obvious that the players Casey has had on the floor in past games haven't done the job.
    There's a reason for the term "hard way", in that there's other ways that don't entail going through some of the things that "hard" represents. The "hard way" doesn't have to come 'sooner or later". Somehow I'd take more stock in what an NBA coach such as Casey, with his vast experience in the league, the player actually being his pick, having spent time over the summer and a month of preseason with him, with a sports psychologist's input, to have a better idea what's the best way to bring the kid along. The kid will get his chances in due time.

    In case you think this is something unusual, the Raps aren't the only ones going slow with lottery rookies. Thomas Robinson, 5th pick, is getting 11 minutes a game. Drummond, #9, averaging 15, with only 11/12 last two games. Kendall Marshall has seen the floor for all of 8 minutes over 9 games. Lamb has seen the floor for 12 minutes. Henson has seen the floor for 24 minutes. There may be a variety of factors that make some of these scenarios different, but some are very close.

    At the end of the day, the "hard way" is not inevitable and some people who've been around the game professionally for a lot of years feel that more harm can come from throwing rookies, that they feel aren't ready yet, to the wolves at the beginning of their first season. What harm can it do? 1. Word is that he needs time in the weight room, just like DD needed, perhaps more so as he's pretty slight and playing in the NBA is not the same as playing against boys in college. 2. Perhaps they don't want to risk damaging his psyche/confidence so early, seeing as they don't have to take that risk, to please a few impatient fans.

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    Quote p00ka wrote: View Post
    There's a reason for the term "hard way", in that there's other ways that don't entail going through some of the things that "hard" represents. The "hard way" doesn't have to come 'sooner or later". Somehow I'd take more stock in what an NBA coach such as Casey, with his vast experience in the league, the player actually being his pick, having spent time over the summer and a month of preseason with him, with a sports psychologist's input, to have a better idea what's the best way to bring the kid along. The kid will get his chances in due time.

    In case you think this is something unusual, the Raps aren't the only ones going slow with lottery rookies. Thomas Robinson, 5th pick, is getting 11 minutes a game. Drummond, #9, averaging 15, with only 11/12 last two games. Kendall Marshall has seen the floor for all of 8 minutes over 9 games. Lamb has seen the floor for 12 minutes. Henson has seen the floor for 24 minutes. There may be a variety of factors that make some of these scenarios different, but some are very close.

    At the end of the day, the "hard way" is not inevitable and some people who've been around the game professionally for a lot of years feel that more harm can come from throwing rookies, that they feel aren't ready yet, to the wolves at the beginning of their first season. What harm can it do? 1. Word is that he needs time in the weight room, just like DD needed, perhaps more so as he's pretty slight and playing in the NBA is not the same as playing against boys in college. 2. Perhaps they don't want to risk damaging his psyche/confidence so early, seeing as they don't have to take that risk, to please a few impatient fans.
    So when is it the right time to throw them to the wolves then? Mid-season? How do you judge that as a sports psychologist/coach? Because Jonas is playing well right now and STILL can't get playing time in the crucial moments of the game. They're professional NBA players. I think they know as rookies, calls won't always go their way and that they'll make mistakes throughout the game. I don't really see why there is a need to coddle them. Jonas played professionally over in Europe where there is a lot of pressure on players to perform well while playing in arenas with playoff type atmospheres night in and night out. If anything, playing an inferior player like Aaron Gray