Thunder Muscle wrote:
Chuck Diesel wrote:I was back in Wisconsin yesterday and made my first snowy Pilgramage up to the lands of The Herd. Above all else, God damn the people in that region are friendly. It’s something I knew but hadn’t been around/felt for awhile. There’s a baseline level of geniality that’s like 50% higher than other places I’ve been.
How was the in-game/arena experience? Haven't gotten to a Herd game yet.
I was really impressed with the whole operation. Rolled into town amidst a Sunday afternoon snow flurry thinking we’d pretty much have the place to ourselves. Both parking lots were full and arena was packed to capacity. Menominee is a perfect G-league gym. The brats and curds were sold at bargain rates and the vibe was great. Probably the most diverse age range of any professional game I’ve attended. Toddlers were running around having a blast as 40 year spouses sipped their Coors & got rowdy for Michael Qualls hustle plays.
Canton’s uniforms must not have made it to Oshkosh because they were out there in generic G-league practice pinnies. They had a couple halfway decent guards/wings but no one on their front-line belonged in the same game as Christian Wood. It was like watching 8th graders try to defend a varsity player. Completely outmatched in size and skill. Wood’s length and fluidity were definitely eye catching in person. Seeing a dude that size be able to get in the air, contort his body and finish around/through contact whenever he wanted was impressive. There were a few “yikes, this is a terrible possession” moments where Wood still scored/got fouled. I’m not sure how fun he is to play with or if Bud can ever trust him, but he stands a good chance to go down as the most dominant player in Herd history.
Bonzi Colson’s non NBA body was really striking next to Wood and and Duval. (Duval is long as hell and seems to have filled out quite a bit over the course of the year) Like, Colson would have to work really hard just look like he’s in as good a shape as Jared Dudley. Despite his Jabari upper body on Terrance Furgeson legs, Colson actually covers ground pretty quickly. He had a really nice switch/contest on a guard that ended in a preposterous whistle. His shot wasn’t falling but he really seemed aware on both ends, sprinting to the corners like he’ll be expected to do if he ever gets a chance with the Bucks. I’m a fan and hope he makes it but I’m really curious to see how he’d fare against NBA bodies/athletes. Smallish, oddly shaped dude.
In contrast, Duval’s body is already NBA ready. He’s got great size for the position and if he understands how to use it he could stick in the league. I know he’s 8 years older, but if Duval just played like Tim Frazier he could have a fifteen year career. He should be constantly attacking to create contact/find shooters. Still very drifty but does show glimpses of what could be possible.
Michael Qualls has really come a long way. He’s a bundle of energy whose offense and shooting keep getting better. Nice size, always playing downhill with a great motor. Effort made him a fan favorite. Could see him helping a team like the Rockets as one of Morey’s many rabbits. Development from Nov to now has to be encouraging for him.
It was weird watching Xavier Munford, who’s proven himself as one of the most dynamic scores in the league, relageted to running pick and rolls for Christian Wood. Like Xander Blue, Munford seems like a guy who reached a certain apex as a dynamic G-league scorer who’s ultimate ceiling as a 2-way guy has likely come and gone. His teammates seemed to enjoy him and he was definitely communicating a lot but I couldn’t help feel for him. No reason Munford can’t go become a primary scoring guard on a good European team.
A few Canton players were really pissed about a late Brady timeout with the game well in hand. Very vocal in voicing their displeasure. They also seemed to be energized by the atmosphere throughout. The Charge don’t draw such fervant supporters in Canton.
First time I’d seen two female refs as part of a crew. Also thought it was cool the arena employed several Native Americans.
Heading in, I slipped on some black ice and bowling pin’d my 6-4 fur trapper lookin buddy into the snow beside me. Hopefully an Oshkosh resident with security footage got a good laugh. Wonderful time all around.