Eric Bieniemy wrote:You're wrong here Kilroy.
James has played PG his entire career. That's his game. He'll be hard-pressed to change it.
Tucker's presence, over time, could snatch that role from him, but not yet. Right now, James needs to be the quarterback he's always been. Rondo needs to be his backup while they bring along Tucker and Reaves as secondary ballhandlers.
So, even with his lost step or two, he's still a main facilitator for an offense. If you see him over-dribbling or looking disjointed, it's because the team is disjointed.
Start James at PG alongside a penetrator like Tucker, sit Westbrook for 10 games and you'll see James' ability to run a plus offense ... even with his old man first step.
You asking Vogel to sit Westbrook for 10 games is like advising me to go Vegan... it’s not going to happen.
The 36 year old Lebron canNot carry this team for every single possession.It was reported that James tried to recruit Lillard but he declined. They got desperate and ended up with a ball dominant non shooting PG hoping to recreate what happened in Miami with Wade, another non shooting ball dominant guard. What they failed to realize is that Dewayne is so much smarter than Russ plus he is a much better defender. They also had one of the best 3&D player in Battier. They recruited Ariza but he got injured the second he signed his contract.
I'd bet against Vogel sitting Westbrook too. You're right about that.
That doesn't change the fact that he should though. If the singular goal is winning, benching Westbrook is addition by subtraction.
Add in the notion that at this rate Vogel will surely be fired, then sitting Westbrook to save his job and put the spotlight on Pelinka's decision to bring in Westbrook makes even more sense.
Turnovers alone are reason enough to bench Westbrook. When you add in his untimely shooting and poor defense, it becomes very justified.
If Vogel grows a pair and benches Westbrook he would be lauded for his bravery to play the guys who deserve to play.