jbk1234 wrote: JonFromVA wrote:
jbk1234 wrote:If we start Garland and Sexton in the same backcourt again, I don't know man. You can really screw up the development of younger guys trying to force stuff like that.
If the Cavs ever get past the point of throwing minutes at kids because they have nothing better do with them, I'd expect them to start acting like a real team and tinker the lineups to see what works and what doesn't work. If that's the case, nobody is going to get screwed up. It's just a question of whether it's worth re-visiting how they fit together, and I think it is. I think a lot can change over a Summer for young players, ... even this Summer.
I've seen more than enough of that backcourt. I really think it screwed with Garland's confidence.
*shrugs* I disagree. I thought he dealt with adversity well and tried to do what the coaches asked of him and was showing improvement right up until his injury near the end of the season.
For instance, knowing he was struggling to score in traffic, he quickly switched to a floater and pull-up J and worked on improving that shot throughout the season and reportedly during the off-season too.
He could have just continued to fire up 3's off the dribble like he did in College, but when those shots weren't going in consistently, he dialed it back and focused more on playmaking and shooting as a result of the play - which is what the coaching staff really wanted from him.
He was often overpowered and out-muscled on defense, but that didn't stop him from trying.
I've seen my share of Cavs players who couldn't deal with adversity and they would tend to just keep making the same mistakes without adapting or accepting input. That's not at all what I saw from Darius.
Anyway, what I most want to see is how Darius looks when fully healthy and in NBA shape. If he still looks like the worst guard in the league, by all means ... show him the bench.