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Re: The Master
5 words - Pete Newell's Big Man Camp.
Seriously, Mihm's the classic candidate. Someone with some potential that needs to be instructed in how to better manage what he has to take maximum advantage. Your point about needing more subtlety is excellent and at the heart of why he needs some targeted summer school, since he clearly can't figure it out on his own. No, that isn't purely from lack of experience -for all his youth, Kendrick clearly gets it much better than Mihm on the subtleties of post play in things like footwork and using your weight vs flailing aroud with it. He just hasn't caught up to NBA speed yet in using it.
From: R Howe <regmanw6@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mar 24, 2004 10:19 AM
To: Raymond Angelo Belliotti <belliott@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Celtics list <celtics@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: The Master
Aggree that Mihm "the master" should be better next year than what he has shown thus far, you can see the building blocks there when he is on the floor (athletic, runs the pick and roll well, blocks shots, rebounds, un-afraid to go to the hole w/authority). If he is motivated over the summer to work for starter to significant minutes and he gets an opportunity, he should be able to raise eyebrows next year. IMHO to get regular minutes, he needs to develop a reliable mid range jumper to augment his quick burst to the rim. Also be more subtle in the art of NBA, in the post, sumo warfare while playing D. If he does then he can become a weapon down low without running plays for him. I believe he can carve out an important role in providing "D" and board support for either PF Lafrentz or FA/Rookie PF or as a PF in support of Blount? or Perkins. He already is a good rebounder, though aggree he is picking up some sloppy to lazy tendencies of not blocking out as well as when he firs!
here. I know people are down on him and always want to compare him to what Blount is doing, but I like him not "instead" of Blount but as a cmplimentary player that should be on the floor with a Blount, Perkins and or Lafrentz when he comes back. What he lacks at this point is that jumper and experience.
Also aggree that it would be nice to keep Blount because he seems to be making great progress and a better fit as the team shifts to a more motion oriented, up tempo offense that takes advantage of his hussle, quickness and toughness under the boards. Question is can you replace what he brings plus address other weaknesses, in the draft, through trades or Free agency vs using all or most of MLE to keep him. Tough call at this point.