The value of elite scoring ability, by Phil Jackson:
"This is a guy, we recognize his talent, and his skill is the kind of skill and talent that gets you through playoff games where things get sticky, grind-out, and basketball becomes a force game and suddenly you need to have a player who has the capabilities of scoring with someone hanging on them in a situation thatís critical. Heís one of those players, one of the few players who can do that.Ē
No way I would give up Iman... Not even straight up for Gasol.... Maybe Novak... Novak would be perfect with that group..
My team, my city.
Its a trade we need to make. Whether that means we include a first or not, it has to get done.
We have options, we can reduce Chandlers minutes with the starters and let him pick and role with Felton when Melo goes to the bench in the second and 3rd quarter.
Ideally you start Felton, Kidd, Melo, Gasol, Chandler. If Melo's shot is going down early you leave it alone, if he is struggling you sub out Chandler and Felton and put in Smith and Novak/Brewer and play Gasol at the 5 and Melo at the 4. Then when they need a rest you get Felton and Chandler back in and let them pick and role. It works either way.
For those worried about spacing, yeah it will hurt Melo a little bit but Gasol's great passing should negate that and get Melo easy baskets. We would be a matchup night for teams like the Heat in the playoffs. Also Gasol is a bit slow now but Chandler or Melo can guard the 4s so it doesn't matter too much IMO.
Stat/Novak/RayRay for Pau/Blake/filler
Pg - Kidd/Prigs
Sg - Shump/Jr
Sf - Melo/Brewer
Pf - Pau/Sheed/kurt
C - Tyson/sheed/camby
Peace out stat thanks for ONE half of a good year and "bringing us back " for 100 million
England's Number 1 Knick
Yea let's trade away our only young promising piece in this trade. If it's Amare for Gasol straight up i wont even be mad. I actually want to see what Amare could do with the second unit, or just see what he can do period. But no way in HELL I would include Shump in any deal involving Gasol, then to get back DUHON
We are only 13 games in and people panic. It's comical. A 9 and 4 start is not bad. This team will go thru up's and down's it happens. We have to support our soldiers through the good and the bad. Yes we have flaws but until we are fully healthy, meaning STAT, SHUMP and Kidd then I cant judge this team.
Is there an update on Stats recovery? Is he shooting or something? I havent heard anything but an Xmas return