"...Apologies to Hasheem Thabeet, who I don't believe will have an impact on the NBA -- if at all -- for several years, but there is a simple reason why the art of shot blocking has become almost extinct. Look at Yao. The guy is a polished post player, but it took the tutelage of one Patrick Ewing to get him to be in a position to be a post dominator. Now, if Thabeet falls to the Knicks and Ewing doesn't have an NBA head coaching job, well, pencil Ewing to a seat on the pine next to Mike D'Antoni..."Just a few thoughts, also, on the Tournament.
I like Eric Maynor, and as Alvino noted to me he looks like Marbury a bit, but I was disappointed by his performance against UCLA. Then I realized that Jrue Holiday, once Darren Collison was out with fouls, spent a good portion of the night guarding him. Holiday is going to be something, although I hope for his sake he stays a year and learns more under Howland.
I'm not a huge Thabeet fan but if Ewing can get his hands on him fine. The question is, do the ties between Ewing and NY still exist, or does he get the head job in Washington? We'll see.
I think Dejuan Blair could be a Craig Smith type. Undersized, no real position, but has a chance to be a solid NBA player.