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>From: peter delevett <email@example.com>
>I do think it's a weird lineup, Jim. Fortson is no center, and shouldn't be
>asked to play there, ever.
I'd rather not see him play there either, but he did play there last season.
My point was that Pitino was just plugging him in for Pot, and Cheaney for
Mercer. Rather than some absurd lineup, I think it was a way to make his
changes slowly. His comments in the papers today seem to bear that out.
>Like Joe, I worry that Pitino is thinking of subbing him and Potapenko,
>which I think would be a terrible mistake when they
>would be much more effective side by side (considering our much-
>bewailed lack of interior defense).
I favor the approach someone mentioned yesterday, which was basically
playing all three men about equally with each other (wasn't that you?).
Which means lineups of Fort/Pot, Fort/Bat and Bat/Pot each get around 16
minutes a game. Note that that gives no PF time for Antoine, which will be
necessary if Eric Williams is going to get any time at all, so maybe 12-13
minutes each is more realistic.
>And with all the talk about Antoine playing three and Pierce playing two,
>why not give them a chance to get used to their new spots?
>Cheaney might be an acceptable replacement for Mercer off the bench, but he
>has proven he is no longer an effective NBA starter.
It will happen, but not tonight. One more game of this crazy five man, two
separate team, substitution pattern, and then we will start finding out what
Pitino really has in mind. And, I think it will take Cheaney a little time
to get his confidence going, but he'll turn out to replace both Bowen and
Minor. You have to admit, he show's more promise than either of them.
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