jcsunsfan wrote: Ghost of Kleine wrote:
Crives wrote:Offensively Jerome looks special.
Defense is what scares me. Good thing is he has decent size. Ideally he defends a pure 3 and D SG/SF on defense, while Bridges covers the lead guard.
Which again is why I think that Beverly would be a perfect mentor for him, Melton, as well as Jalen Lecque. Could you imagine if Jerome, using his high IQ and scrappiness became a plus defender under Beverly's tutelage? I mean obviously under a top notch NBA strength and conditioning program he'll undoubtedly get stronger and to a degree more athletic as a result too.
Even better, Jalen with his ridiculous athleticism and potential being mentored by Beverly and becoming a lockdown defender??
That'd be incredible for us honestly.
Oh yeah. Bev can teach how to grab, kick, bite, smack people in the g-nads, and trip.
This mentor crap is just that. I have never seen it work. That is what you hire coaches for.
Yeah, Because it's totally ridiculous to think that rookies could learn from veterans and get better from having those same vets share their experience and techniques to get better results....lol.... If that were even remotely true, then why do players such as Hakeem Olajuwan ( Dream camp) , Kevin Garnett, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan even have camps and workshops for players in the offseason?
Also that's what coaches are for.....Sure to a degree, But if you look at the majority ( If not all) of the teams in the league, they have former players helping to work with and develop young players skillsets for their respective teams. Are you then insenuating that it's only possible for young players to learn from such veterans ONLY after they've retired?
It's simply ridiculous to make the assumption that younger players can't learn from and aren't at all impacted by tenured players on the same team. https://www.google.com/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/1344432-10-best-current-player-mentors-in-the-nba.amp.html
One last example-https://www.google.com/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2031580-13-veteran-players-assisting-younger-nba-stars-this-season.amp.html
. The point is that NBA teams bring in veteran players specifically for that purpose. We've even recently tried it with Holmes and Ayton. And intend to try it further with Baynes soon to be mentoring Ayton on what it means to be tougher and man up.
Whether or not you're able to identify such strategies or not , is really not a determining factor as to it's viability or use honestly. It happens, is a staple of rookie delopment in addition to player development personnel, and will continue to be a tool for further development.
Having said that, Beverly's toughness, tenacity, relentless motor and willingness to hold other players, even Booker and Ayton accountability would be invaluable to speeding up their development and overall toughness and competitive nature.
Overlord Stern....."Crushing the teams that oppose the will of the elite Big Market. "All shall fall before the power of the Darkside!