373Re: [APBR_analysis] Elton Brand, revisited
- Dec 28, 2001--- mikel_ind <msg_53@...> wrote:
> >Ouch! I don't think they're going to fold the
> The issue of All-Stars (or MVPs) being named from
> bad teams (they
> never are), is another one that doesn't go away by
> ignoring such
> players. It is now clear that Elton Brand at least
> kept the Bulls in
> most of their games, whereas without him, they could
> just fold the
> franchise without much effect on the league.
franchise that leads the league in attendance.
Question the intelligence of the fans maybe, but they
won't fold the team. David Stern is a little smarter
than Bud Selig. : )
I will say this about the Brand trade. I'm hating it
less and less the more I watch Tyson Chandler play.
He's erratic as hell, but the talent is obvious and
he's starting to pile up some decent numbers in those
rare minutes he gets court time.
That brings us to another matter: Tim Floyd. Floyd was
a bad coach. He had no idea of what it took to coach
in the NBA and he was horrible at developing young
players. I would go so far as to say Brand's decline
in his sophomore season and his subsequent improvement
this season are somewhat related to playing for and
getting away from Floyd. Brand isn't the only example.
Ron Artest also suffered a decline in his sophomore
season. Corey Benjamin was constantly jerked in and
out of the lineup in favor of bad players like Rusty
LaRue and Chris Carr. Jamal Crawford followed up a
stellar performance early last season with three
straight DNP-CDs. This while the legendary duo of
Khalid el-Amin and Bryce Drew manned the point. Floyd
also fueded with Crawford and Artest over the fact
that they wore headbands on the court. Marcus Fizer
has shown little if anything.
I believe Cartwright will be a good hire and as the
season progresses, I suspect we'll see the improvement
from the young players that never happened under
Floyd. I actually feel good about the direction this
team is going in now. This could just be the fan in me
talking, but I really believe this team is closer than
anyone thinks they are to turning the corner. There is
some good young talent in place, they just need the
right guy to sort through it, develop it and make a
team out of it. Hopefully Cartwright is that guy.
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