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Sunday, May 07, 2017

(5/07/2017 04:42:00 PM) - Al

I have not seen anyone mention it, and it probably is not possible financially unless Snell or Monroe decide to play elsewhere, but the Jazz's Aussie import Joe Ingles is a restricted FA this offseason. Utah has George Hill and Gordon Hayward also to worry about, and for that matter, save financial resources to ensure they sign.

Ingles is not a normal player, he's 29, and played for years overseas until 3 years ago, where he has impressed many shooting 3's, playing good defense, and playing both forward spots. Giannis usually plays the 4, but has slotted in at all 5 positions at various times, depending on health and matchups. Middleton plays the 2 and 3, as does Snell.

While most of the talk about an improving the team has centered on a point guard who can shoot 3's and get to the line; if you look at the needs of each NBA team, 2/3rd's of them want to add a starting or reserve point. And while neither Delly or Brogdon are going to mistaken for  Magic or Isiah Thomas (either one), Kidd felt their best chance of winning was having both of them on the floor, playing much of the 4th quarter versus the Raptors. Folks tend to point out what their own players can't do, but I like Brodgon because he does not turn the ball over and is Dennis Johnson like is his ability to rarely miss an open jumper. And, I like Delly for the same thing that first impressed me about President Trump, long before I supported him...he irritates all the right people. Whenever other teams start complaining about a guy who "plays dirty," without fail, it means he defends very hard...those are also always the guys that get steals, loose balls, big rebounds, and seem to "get away" with a lot of fouls. 

{Remember how Clem Haskins' teams always were banging and pushing? The refs always stopped blowing the whistle, it was always like they just said to themselves, "well, if I call everything, they're gonna be out of players soon."}

Those are the guys I want. Ingles is a lot like that too.

Years ago, I may not have liked it when Giannis knocked Dunleavy down and got ejected from the last game of the playoffs, but I liked the fact he gave a damn. In what has become a bit of a slogan for me, I much prefer to having to settle down people than having to motivate them.

5/07/2017 04:42:00 PM

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