RowdyPkunk

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I know this is probably already a well known fact.... but Brian Windhorst is an idiot.

This article talks about 4 teams being short handed... one of which being Denver. And sure it's tough to replace Jamal Murray... and we can't put Bones on that level yet, having only played in preseason & summer league & yet to step on the court in a meaningful game.

But how can you sit there & say the are "shorthanded" when you got a coach who refuses to play certain players because they are rookies or w/e.... including a player you spent a 1st round pick on.

You never know what you got, til you play them. Bones & Bol Bol both showed some signs in pre-season they can play. And sure they are not gonna get starters minutes over Murray (when healthy) or Morris (not right away) in the case of Bones.... or Michael Porter, Aaron Gordon or Jokic in the case of Bol Bol.

But that doesn't mean they are short handed. That's just Windhorst being an idiot trying to give Malone an excuse for not playing a 1st round pick even 1 minute or 1 second out there. Not like Bones had an injury stopping him from playing.

 

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I know this is probably already a well known fact.... but Brian Windhorst is an idiot.

This article talks about 4 teams being short handed... one of which being Denver. And sure it's tough to replace Jamal Murray... and we can't put Bones on that level yet, having only played in preseason & summer league & yet to step on the court in a meaningful game.

But how can you sit there & say the are "shorthanded" when you got a coach who refuses to play certain players because they are rookies or w/e.... including a player you spent a 1st round pick on.

You never know what you got, til you play them. Bones & Bol Bol both showed some signs in pre-season they can play. And sure they are not gonna get starters minutes over Murray (when healthy) or Morris (not right away) in the case of Bones.... or Michael Porter, Aaron Gordon or Jokic in the case of Bol Bol.

But that doesn't mean they are short handed. That's just Windhorst being an idiot trying to give Malone an excuse for not playing a 1st round pick even 1 minute or 1 second out there. Not like Bones had an injury stopping him from playing.

Windhorst has access, many think he is a lot like Adam Schefter as essentially a mouthpiece for his sources. He may very well be carrying the water for Malone to tamp down expectations for the young players. That is LeBron’s boy though, at the very least he is tapped into Rich Paul’s and Worldwide Wes’s networks, don’t be so fast to dismiss. Never question the guy with a face for radio, who gets on TV.

Bigger picture—the jump from preseason basketball to the intensity and skill of an NBA regular season game is bigger than the jump from college to an NBA roster. If a player isn’t quite there defensively, there is no place to hide and that player will be picked on every set until doing so stops working.
 

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Exactly. It’s not always about a young fella having a nice shot or being quick. Takes more than that to get PT.

NBA teams are smart. They will pick and roll a rookie to death if they can. Screens, switches, mismatches. They’ll do things guys never saw it college. Not to mention that 6’10 guy who can stop and pop a long jumper better than just about every college player. These schemes are no joke.

Not saying Hyland isnt capable. He is.
 

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I know this is probably already a well known fact.... but Brian Windhorst is an idiot.

This article talks about 4 teams being short handed... one of which being Denver. And sure it's tough to replace Jamal Murray... and we can't put Bones on that level yet, having only played in preseason & summer league & yet to step on the court in a meaningful game.

But how can you sit there & say the are "shorthanded" when you got a coach who refuses to play certain players because they are rookies or w/e.... including a player you spent a 1st round pick on.

You never know what you got, til you play them. Bones & Bol Bol both showed some signs in pre-season they can play. And sure they are not gonna get starters minutes over Murray (when healthy) or Morris (not right away) in the case of Bones.... or Michael Porter, Aaron Gordon or Jokic in the case of Bol Bol.

But that doesn't mean they are short handed. That's just Windhorst being an idiot trying to give Malone an excuse for not playing a 1st round pick even 1 minute or 1 second out there. Not like Bones had an injury stopping him from playing.


no surprises there, Windhorst got famous sniffing LeBron's jockstrap.
 

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Exactly. It’s not always about a young fella having a nice shot or being quick. Takes more than that to get PT.

NBA teams are smart. They will pick and roll a rookie to death if they can. Screens, switches, mismatches. They’ll do things guys never saw it college. Not to mention that 6’10 guy who can stop and pop a long jumper better than just about every college player. These schemes are no joke.

Not saying Hyland isnt capable. He is.
Exactly this. I don’t see anything wrong with giving Bones a full night on the bench to take in the intensity of a regular season game close up. Let him pick some things up that he can’t from film. He’ll slowly get worked in. We don’t get to see practices and he’s likely not ready for those schemes you mentioned. If he was, he’d play. He will be but it’ll take time to adapt.
 

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no surprises there, Windhorst got famous sniffing LeBron's jockstrap.
Or through the good fortune of being a low level beat reporter in Akron when LBJ was on the rise. Probably also helped that he is an alum of the same HS. No doubt that his relationship with LBJ and Rich Paul has provided him with opportunities—but he does put in work to make those opportunities mean something. Same can be said for Stephen A, who built his career on being the guy that AI trusted.
 
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