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RE: Beware the Riscky path.
At 12:03 PM 3/31/2004, Pereira, Jorge M wrote:
Just to add to that. I would be very leery of getting Kwame Brown. 1st,
stats in the last 2 weeks of the season don't count. Too many "when's
golf" games. 2nd, why would Washington give up on a young #1 overall pick
after investing only 3 years? 3rdly, when I watch him I see too much of
the Kedrick Brown syndrome (my opinion). A player who breezed through his
youth because of overwhelming physical prowess but never quite developed
all the necessary run-of-the-mill skills to do battle with the pros.
3rdly etc does a great job of analyzing what I just mentioned. Particularly
the overreliance on athleticism and likely reason why. Lots of guys today
do that - you could put several current and former Celtics in that
category. But they've always been said to at least try to work in practice.
That supposedly been an increasingly worrisome issue with Kwame, now that
it's clearly not just because of being intimidated/put down by MJ (last
season's excuse). With no signs of his getting it about any immediate need
for change. That's a bit part of why I think Washington might actually be
very willing to given up on him after only 3 years. What's the Bull Durham
line about million dollar arm ten cent head or something like that?
What struck me as most interesting during a live game at the Fleet was how
the crowd holds its collective breath while a 3 pointer is flying. If it
goes in everybody goes nuts, if not everybody still goes crazy. I think
that's why people love Waltah and Jiri.
Ah, it must not have been a game I attended or else I wasn't swearing at
the shot as loudly as I thought <g>
Speaking of Jiri. I love Jiri and he's made that play work 20+ times
without the hard, emphatic slam dunk. Now, really, was there a need for
that? Or is he also going down the riscky path? Sorry couldn't resist it...
<g> But kidding aside, I think there's something in the idea that it was a
shot at/take off on Ricky. There are signs of a real mano a mano
there, based in competition for minutes -since the regular rotation has
been subbing one for the other. I remember reading and mentioning here an
article a while back that pointed to Ricky's arrival vs the usual
explanations like just hitting the wall as the basis of Jiri's decline in
play, because he changed what he was trying to do and show he could do once
he had to compete with Ricky for PT.