From: Altadena, CA
ORIGINAL: David Levine
So, you and Jerry have Robinson being a better NBA'er than Porter.
I'd like to wager on that.
That was the head scratcher for me from West.
I'm going with blissful denial on that one, with a healthy dollop of Robinson possibly being a legit NBA scorer. Didn't like the pick initially, but the more I read, the more I could squint and see the logic. It will be an interesting one to see play out. Everyone seems to say he's a good kid with a good work ethic and a desire to be good.
I wouldn't mess with a tall, skinny kid with a discectomy and a bad hip at 19 unless I felt really good about the recovery, his work ethic, and his resiliency. Those structures are part of a nexus that supports and stabilizes all movement and impact; the hip could already be a result of compensating for the back, which doesn't portend well for future issues with hamstring, groin, glute, hip, back, etc. His seeming delusional confidence could help or hurt, depending on what else he's made of.
You have the right coach, IMO.
I think Rivers was the coach of the year. I think he did his best coaching in his career last season.
He pieced stuff together all season long and they were relevant, despite the adversity.
Losing Jordan, one of my favorite unsung players, does hurt though.
Yeah, but he's actually seemed gone for quite a while. Interesting that he signed for the exact contract he would have had if he'd opted in. He's always seemed a bit of a fragile lad, and the whiplash of his last Dallas signing along with always being third on the totem and potentially being available for trade seems to have worn on him over time. Dallas played him last time by telling him he would be integral to their offense when his range starts getting shaky at 13 inches, so I wonder if that stuck in his mind, too. He gave us good years and his durability and defensive presence are going to be missed, though, and this year might be a tough bridge to a ton of cap space next summer.