More Dispatch

-If you have time, please read my latest SN column on the new contract realities and the Class of '04.

-Finally watching some complete summer league games on DVR. Anthony Randolph is almost giving Beasley a run for his money in my brain. There's no Stromile or Tyrus here; he's all over the place, but has tools galore. More "untutored" than the blankness of "raw." His PG routine is hilarious. Anyone want to try and situate him in the Bosh/young KG/Durant spectrum? Calm down, I mean only in terms of the height/skill/versatility matrix.

-Can't wait for Randolph vs. Iran, which probably already happened yesterday.

-I can't remember if I've said this before, but I totally believe that the way to neutralize a star players' limitations (or quirks) is to pair them with a similar player, not his logical opposite. Think Arenas/Hughes, or the Wade/Mayo thing that didn't happen, or the Wade/Gordon rumor. Redundancy is the new complementary, unless you've thought really hard about the latter. And it seems like that could very easily bleed into the kind of philosophy I'm talking about, since there's no reason that minimizing weaknesses has to take priority over stockpiling strengths. Not sure yet which one (of the three) Bosh/JO counts as.

-Dare we imagine a Randolph/Wright future in Golden State? Is this merely a Satanic echo of the Twin Towers philosophy?

-Wait, there's Olympics already? A Paul/Deron backcourt would seem to stregthen both of the preceding bullet points.

-We'll be at Wicker Park, if you see us say hello. Description in yesterday's comments section.

-I'm dazed and feel like shit, but that seems like the only appropriate way to draw up theories based on two-day-old summer league.

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At 7/27/2008 11:04 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

"Redundancy is the new complementary...".

The local Knicks fan would like to point out the potential flaw of having too many similar-style players on your roster.

At 7/28/2008 10:33 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

More than one of them has to be good.

At 7/28/2008 11:09 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

From The Herald:

• One veteran scout said Michael Beasley's defense -- which the Heat will emphasize this summer -- ''left a lot to be desired in [the Orlando summer league]. He doesn't have the mind-set for it, and he would have trouble defending small forwards.'' That's one incentive to keep Shawn Marion to play small forward next season, and there is sentiment inside the Heat to do that, though it will listen to offers. The Heat views Beasley primarily as a power forward.

I don't know, is this redundancy, complementing, or both?

At 7/28/2008 12:01 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Give me Gerald Wallace and Josh Smith on one team and I will burn entire cities to the ground.

At 7/28/2008 12:06 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Post on all this later, I think, provided I don't fall asleep first.

At 7/28/2008 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Brandon Roy/Jerryd Bayless guard combo in PDX? Is playing a 2/1 guard with a 1/2 guard complementary or strengthening by redundancy? It just makes me see circles is all.

At 7/28/2008 3:37 PM, Blogger ItTakesAThiefToCatchAThief said...

Wright/Randolph/Bierencesences(sp?) could rule the west, or ruin Don Nelson, one day.

At 7/28/2008 4:11 PM, Blogger Five Pound Bag said...

Isn't Marion the ultimate complementary piece? He filled the defense/rebounding/doesn't need the ball slot in Phoenix that allowed the Nash/Amare magic to happen. Now he's going to do the same in Miami for the Wade/Beasley gunnery team.

And I think that this complementarity - that Marion is seen as useful not on his own but only in relation to picking up the slack for others - is the thing that really gets his goat and made him disenchanted with Phoenix.

At 7/28/2008 4:38 PM, Blogger Krolik1157 said...

Wright at the 3, Marion at the 4, and Beasley at the 5 is the only satisfactory conclusion to this business from my point of view.

Besides its awesomeness, this would actually work a lot better than anyone thinks-being undersized means you're vulnerable to good post-up bigs, which aren't real anymore, and offensive boards, but Beasley and Marion are both meastly on the boards.

The only real worry is getting abused by Tony Parker types, but since shot-blockers just foul little guys now I think this wouldn't be that big a deal.

At 7/28/2008 6:17 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

Anthony Randolph is from Dallas, so there was an article about him pre draft. Nellie was quoted as saying that the kid was a "star", I still haven't seen the kid play but I've heard he's got a little mean streak and ran the point forward in the game where he dropped 40. I think nellie is trying to devise as many ways as possible to have players other than monta be distributors. A team with no PG - How FD is that? (Although, Don Nelson basically=FD)


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