VCfor3 wrote:levendis wrote:Are We Ther Yet wrote:
"He's a Swiss Army knife-type of player that can guard multiple positions and you can run offense through him," the coach said on WFAN. "I think he can push the ball off the break a lot like Draymond Green plays. Obviously the thing I'm going to demand from Lance is to play defense like Draymond. And be a guy that's pushing to be a First Team All-Defender."
He's comparing how he can possibly use him...NOT his skill level.
You're right though...he needs to be careful how he handles the media. Everything he says will have people in the media and, on social media looking to pick it apart. Twist it. Spin it. Exsggerate it. All for clicks or agendas. Zero context. Zero comprehension.
I agree with you, they were innocent comments. The media is going to be looking to tear him down any chance they can. I'm sure the Gasol comments wont be going away any time soon. I do think the idea of even using them the same is ridiculous but whatever.
Oh he very much made the same comments when he was with the Grizzlies and we shook our heads like you guys are now. He called Jamychal Green his Draymond. He, and this is my favorite, said that Parsons had a similar skill set to Lebron and wanted to use him as such. The only thing Parsons and Lebron have in common is they are both on large contracts in the NBA.
The story that came out about him vs Gasol/the team here recently doesn't seem like a big deal, but as a Memphis fan I fully appreciate why Gasol was upset. Fiz was strongly against "GritnGrind" apparently which was our veteran core's identity. He also keep saying "Miami this" and "Miami that" which probably is a bad idea when you're in Memphis.
I can somehow understand why it was a bad idea when he kept on indoctrinating the miami way into your team which is known for its grit and grind style for a long while and is its identity, but the Knicks are not in contention for a considerable amt of time and has no identity so the FO might not mind borrowing cultures from other successful teams.