Z-man – Oct 1st, 2008 at 10:10 am
How about a new thread on training camp?
Based on Hahn’s column, some cause for optimism….my thoughts on camp thus far:
1. Jerome James lives! Imagine if he can actually contribute this year? Funny how he is the only one on the roster to have even an outside chance of filling a gaping void on this roster (interior defensive presence).
2. If D’Antoni is only going to play 9-10 guys, lots of players are going to ride the pine, especially if Steph is in the mix. Mardy looked good in Vegas, but the only guy he can possibly beat out on paper is Duhon and D’Antoni probably won’t let that happen. So, as it stands:
Lee, Zach, Jamal, Q, Wilson, and Nate are guaranteed to be in rotation. That’s 6.
Steph, Curry, Duhon and Jefferies are probable.
Gallinari will probably be phased in as Steph is phased out?
That leaves Houston, James, Mardy, PEJ, Grunfeld, and Rose on the outside looking in.
Two people need to be cut or traded to get to 15. I would hope they wuld initially be Rose and Grunfeld, unless James gets hurt or otherwise reverts back to form, in which case I would keep Rose and eat James’ contract. If Houston can give 5-10 minutes a game of spot duty every other game, he’s worth keeping around, as he also fills a void as a 3-point specialist. I don’t see the void that either Rose (what has his supposed locker room leadership meant since he’s been here? Zero.) or Grunfeld fills this year; PEJ has athleticism and could develop into a defensive presence, his presence as a 15th man could help chandler and gallinari develop their offensive games during practice. Mardy is worth keeping as insurance against injuries to Duhon and to take Steph’s roster spot when that time comes.