Quake Griffin wrote:
He's the most vocal person on the team and given our roster, that makes him our spiritual leader. He is not poised enough or mentally tough enough to be our leader. He needs to be an underdog and counted out so he feels like there is some kind of fight. As you can see, when he is challenged with not being the underdog and the seat gets a little hot, he plays like a punk and turns into an immature baby.
I said this from DAY ONE. I've never seen a team build a champion with some small stupid loud mouth mediocre "point guard" as its spiritual leader. I can't think of the champion that was built like this.
Mentally tough players can be underdog and be poised when the favorite.
After his performance last year, I'm done. Was it Game 2 that we just tricked off to the Nuggets for no good reason at all? Was that the one where we were probably gonna lose but were still in it and he decided for the rest of the team that we had lost and he was gonna get techs?
Yeah, nah. Kinda unforgiveable to me. I'd deal him and I'd be doing everything to get a new PG in here.
Lol. Energy. foh.
Looks like its tons of more soft **** to me, only with annoying tactics, 1st team all defense finger points to the crowd, and swearing we are the best team in LA when we weren't.
Oh, I totally understand where you are coming from, and I remember the moment you are referring to from game 2, even though it was unlikely to come back, down 8 with one minute left, he got two techs and got ejected.
I'm trying to refresh my memory, Matt Barnes was a high antics role player too (though Chris Paul was a vocal leader/best player type as opposed to a Kawhi situation, and even DJ became more vocal later), but looking back now, why do I not feel like he was as troublesome as Beverley? Barnes talked a bit, but seems like Beverley talks A LOT.
Anyways, sure, if a better version of Matthew Dellavedova is trash talking and getting technical fouls and doing all these antics, etc I certainly understand how that is annoying, because I don't care for his persona either.
I guess again the difference is that I didn't expect better from Beverley, which is why I am less disappointed than others might be.
Roscoe Sheed wrote:Obviously a trade for a good true point guard would help. If I'm dreaming I'd say Kyle Lowry somehow.
However, I think it is more likely they will have to make do with what they've got. Kawhi, PG, Kennard, and Batum are all good passers. If I were Lue, I'd also ask Lou Williams to be more of a facilitator. He is definitely capable of setting up other guys if he puts his mind to it.
Lou did about as good a job as we can expect from him as a passer last season, so I already give him props for that. On the other hand, I don't think it is reasonable to expect a player like him at 34 years old to become a more saavy playmaker. I think he's done well enough taking more responsiblity in that area.
Of course I don't think we should need to. If the system is set up properly, and Batum is actually solid, the bench now has four guys (Williams, Batum, Kennard, Jackson) who are capable of handling, running pick and roll, breaking down the defense and making good passes. Last season it was Williams for the majority of the season, until Jackson (who everyone forgets and understandably so) came on board. Now, Jackson is not the highest IQ guy or the best at ball protection, etc, so I'm not going to have him handling in crunch time or anything, but he is capable of creating.