The Real Dalic wrote:Xatticus wrote:The Real Dalic wrote:He is getting crapped on. If RJ had started this season the way Anthony had, there would be nothing but loud applause for the kid. Rightfully so.
Vice versa, if Cole had the start RJ was having, they'd be roasting Weltham for wasting our pick on a scrub.
As for Jalen, I'm not even slightly worried about him at all. But the fact is that when Cole struggled at the start of the season last year, we had around half the board roasting him. Suggs is getting a benefit of the doubt that Cole would never get. He's shooting one of the worst percentages from a rookie I've ever seen. He's also turning it over a ton. Both expected as a rookie. But Cole would never get that benefit of the doubt.
Also, every player has flaws. Certainly every player on this roster as well. Cole's flaws are the only ones being brought up consistently though. Even though he's done far more good so far than bad.
This is just tribalism. You're claiming that nobody else is facing the same criticism, when in fact they are. Just read the game threads. The difference is that some go on the offensive in defense of their guys. That's why you end up with these long debates. When someone says Hampton is playing like ****, nobody cares and it dies right there.
Because he is playing like ****. Period. Cole isn't. Period. Get out of here with that weak argument.
Yes, players playing badly are open for criticism. Players playing well should be criticized less, not the same or more than other players.
I will always defend our players getting unfairly criticized. I did it with Vuc and Afflalo, I'll continue to do it with anyone else that's playing well.
A lot of the Vuc conflict came from people like you who overrated and overhyped him and weren’t open to a fair evaluation of him. Look at him now on a team with other legit scoring options - he’s no longer looking like a central guy for a team, just a good 3rd option. But an appraisal like that was always met with “but he’s the best on our team so we should regard him as a franchise guy!”
You’re just setting Cole up as the replacement for that guy now and shouting down criticisms in a ranking season when we want to be studying and evaluating our guys. There’s no ‘hate’ on Cole, just a few voices saying “don’t believe the hype” and you seem to be allowing that to rain on the parade of your own opinion.