Posts Tagged ‘Lawrence Frank’

Understanding how the Pistons were demolished by the Bulls last night

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

This is the Box Score and the Play-By-Play for last night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.

This is the GameFlow Chart.

When you look at the different combinations Lawrence Frank used at the Point Guard and Off Guard positions in this game:

PG OG Start Time End Time Duration Differential
Knight Gordon Q1, 12:00 Q1, 03:02 08:58 -9
Bynum Gordon Q1, 03:02 Q1, 01:31 01:31 +5
Bynum Daye Q1, 01:31 Q2, 08:49 04:42 0
Knight Daye Q2, 08:49 Q2, 06:26 02:23 -5
Knight Gordon Q2, 06:26 Q2, 05:18 01:08 +1
Knight Wilkens Q2, 05:18 Q2, 01:10 04:08 -1
Bynum Wilkens Q2, 01:10 Q2, 00:00 01:10 0
Knight Gordon Q3, 12:00 Q3, 04:37 07:23 +2
Knight Wilkens Q3, 04:37 Q3, 00:04.4 04:32.6 0
Bynum Gordon Q3, 00:04.4 Q4, 08:01 04:03.4 -9
Knight Gordon Q4, 08:01 Q4, 04:00 04:01 -6
Knight Daye Q4, 04:00 Q4, 00:00 04:00 -2
TOTAL 48:00 -24


PG OG +/- MP Total +/- Total MP
Knight Gordon -9,+1,+2,-6 08:58,01:08,07:23,04:01 -12 21:30
Bynum Gordon +5,-9 01:31,04:03.4 -4 05:34.4
Bynum Daye 0 04:42 0 04:42
Knight Daye -5,-2 02:23,04:00 -7 06:23
Knight Wilkens -1,0 04:08,04:32.6 -1 08:40.6
Bynum Wilkens 0 01:10 0 01:10


PG OG Total +/- Total MP
Bynum [Small] Daye [Big] 0 04:42
Bynum [Small] Wilkens [Ave] 0 01:10
Knight [Small] Wilkens [Ave] -1 08:40.6
Bynum [Small] Gordon [Small] -4 05:34.4
Knight [Small] Daye [Big] -7 06:23
Knight [Small] Gordon [Small] -12 21:30

you should get a clear picture of a main reason Detroit lost this game by a margin of 24 points … and it isn’t because:

A. Carlos Boozer [PF] was a 1-man wrecking crew; or,
B. The players on the Pistons roster, as a whole, simply are not “good enough” to compete effectively with a team that has an overall “talent level” like Chicago.

Lawrence Frank is a good NBA head coach who actually knows what he’s doing.

Hopefully it doesn’t take him too long to figure out a workable solution to Detroit’s rotation problem at the guard positions, whenever Rodney Stuckey is not available to play.

Will Bynum filling proper role with Pistons, at last

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

There has been a very good reason why the Detroit Pistons have under-achieved for the last few seasons:


Will Bynum currently out of Pistons’ rotation

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank has chose to go with a three-guard lineup of Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Brandon Knight as of late. That has left Will Bynum out of the rotation.

Other than the final three minutes in the loss at Boston on Dec. 30, Bynum has not played in the Pistons last three games.

“It’s hard,” Frank said. “Will’s a very, very good player. He’s obviously a guy we see as a game changer, especially on the offensive end. Someone who … is one of our better pick-and-roll players. But it’s hard to play three point guards, especially cause outside of Rodney our guards are small.

“Will’s definitely going to have his day in the sun. He’s going to help us win games, but right now this is where we’re at.

“Especially with a new coach and a new system the one thing I’ve said to the group and I also say to myself is, ‘Flexibility.’ We don’t have all the answers right now. Will we feel is part of the solution. We’ll just see how it all fits.”

Bynum played nearly 13 minutes in the season opener, finishing with six points on 1 for 5 shooting, three assists, three rebounds and two turnovers. Bynum did not play in the home opener against Cleveland, played the final 3:25 at Boston on Dec. 30 and did not play in the Pistons win over Indiana on New Year’s Eve.

Even though Bynum hasn’t been playing, Frank still feels he can be a part of the team’s success.

“Even when you’re not playing you can contribute and part of that is being a good teammate, being involved, especially as a point guard you should really be engaged in the game,” Frank said. “Everyone on this level can play. A lot of it is about opportunity and combinations on the floor. What may be your lineup today could be different a week from now, could be different a month from now. Really the guys play determines how much they do or do not play.

“(With) Will, it’s not a lack of confidence, a lack of faith, a lack of belief or lack of ability. It’s just we have small guards and we’re not a good rebounding team. Defensive rebounding takes precedent and we’ll go from there. But Will will have his day.”


and, the fact is … despite what certain so-called “stats gurus” might like to perpetuate throughout the blogosphere:


Detroit Pistons Are Who We Thought They Were

Why the Pistons are Misbehaving

John Kuester was not the problem: Part 1


… it’s had absolutely nothing to do with the overall “poor quality” of the players on their roster.

PS. Team Cohesion is a much bigger part of success and failure in the NBA than most observers understand, and by keeping Will Bynum completely out of the Pistons’ rotation … something which yours truly first recommended to Pistons fans, back in the summer of 2009, in a now-defunct thread concerning the proper use of Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Will Bynum, at a fan-based site named “Detroit Bad Boys” … Lawrence Frank is demonstrating that he actually knows what he’s doing, as a competent NBA-level head coach, unlike John Kuester.

PPS. Btw … He who laughs last, laughs best. :-)

Ben Gordon is already looking forward to ‘learning’ from his new head coach

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

For the benefit of those who think that Lawrence Frank is someone that will struggle to earn the respect of the veteran players with the Detroit Pistons, due to his lack of NBA playing experience:


His Own Words: Ben Gordon on the NBA Lockout

Grantland: You obviously haven’t been able to talk to your new coach, Lawrence Frank, but what is your impression of him?

Gordon: “I have a lot of game experience playing against him when he coached the Nets and was a Boston assistant. He always seems to be very, very prepared, very meticulous and has an astute attention to detail. That may sound cliché for a head coach at this level. But I think it’s very important to know what your guys can do, putting them in the best situation possible. I think he’s very capable of that. He’s very defensive minded and that’s something our team lacked a lot last year. I’m looking forward once this stuff is sorted out to learning from him.”

Grantland: Last year was a tough year for the Pistons and the bottom hit with reports of players boycotting a shoot-around in protest of the former coach John Kuester. What’s the backstory behind that situation?

Gordon: “Last year, everything that possibly could have went wrong, went wrong. We had a lot of talent. There were a lot of issues in the front office, on the floor, with coaches, with players. It was just a mess. People from the outside looking in don’t realize how bad it was. It wasn’t conducive for playing basketball at a high level and it showed. It was pretty much what everybody saw. Some guys showed up to play. Some guys didn’t show up to play. Whatever point people were trying to prove by showing up or nothing showing up, those points were taken. Six guys showed up. Six guys played and a few other guys decided not to play that night. That was one of the uglier moments during the season. Moving forward, I don’t see that happening anymore. That was probably one of the lowest basketball moments I’ve ever been a part of. Because we’re all a team and we all shared that negative light. Regardless of who played that night, it was bad. But moving forward, I think the emphasis will be much different.”


Best try thinking, again.

Lawrence Frank explains: “That’s coaching.”

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you already know that, since it’s inception, there have only been 3 NBA head coaches who this corner has advocated should no longer be employed by their [then] current team:

1. Flip Saunders
2. Michael Curry
3. John Kuester

each of whom was working for the Detroit Pistons at the time.

Joe Dumars introduced his new head coach earlier today.


“It’s the players, not the plays,” he said. “There’s an old adage in coaching: ‘It’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about the Jack and Joes.’ … When I first sat down with Joe, the first 15 minutes basically he was talking about Coach [Chuck] Daly, and what he was as a coach. And what he hit on was why Coach Daly was one of the greatest coaches ever: it’s about meshing and managing personalities. It’s about getting 12 to 15 independent contractors, so to speak, to buy into one vision. “It’s not about the Xs and Os. Now, does that play a part? Of course. I don’t think that our playbook is any more extensive than any other playbook, it’s about the guys you’re coaching, it’s about getting them to play together, it’s about getting them to buy into a common vision about what we’re going to be about. “And you know what? It’s easy to do it when you’re winning, it’s hard to do it when you’re struggling. And that’s why as a coach, you have to stand for what you believe in: this is who we are, this is what we do. And if not, there’s gotta be accountability and consequences. That’s coaching.”

Kudos to both men for getting Lawrence Frank’s tenure in Detroit off to a good start.

What to expect from Lawrence Frank, as the Pistons new head coach

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

According to published reports yesterday, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to hire Lawrence Frank, as their next head coach … which is what this corner suggested last week they should eventually end up doing, if they are truly committed to hiring someone with prior NBA head coaching experience.

Q1. What should Pistons fans expect to see from Lawrence Frank?

A1. Expect him to establish a solid 8-9 player rotation for the Pistons, clarifying each of their roles and creating a definitive pecking order for the remainder of the roster.

This is something which good NBA coaches do in their sleep [so-to-speak] … and something which John Kuester was unable to ever do over the course of his 2 seasons as Detroit’s head coach.

Expect Lawrence Frank to do a good job coaching the Pistons and for him to un-muddy the waters fairly quickly for the Pistons at the crucial PG, OG and SF positions, re: the collective mess that exists with:

Rodney Stuckey – No. 1 PG, until further notice
Brandon Knight – No. 2 PG, until further notice
Will Bynum – No. 3 PG, or traded
Richard Hamilton – No. 1 OG, or traded
Ben Gordon – No. 2 OG, or traded
Terrico White – No. 3 OG, or traded
Austin Daye – ensconced at the Forward position with, either, Tayshaun Prince or Jonas Jerebko [if Prince is not re-signed or traded] and Kyle Singler [No. 3?]

For each of the last 3 seasons, the Pistons have had solid [although far from great!] NBA-level talent that has simply not been used properly by Michael Curry and then John Kuester.

In this same regard, at least, Lawrence Frank actually knows what he’s doing as a legitimate NBA head coach.

With this specific hire, by Tom Gores [i.e. their new owner] and Joe Dumars [i.e. their old GM], the Pistons are now substantially ahead of where they were just 2 days ago, in spite of the League’s current lock-out situation … and, the fact that their overall roster does not yet have the talent level required to move into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

Pistons should eventually hire Lawrence Frank, if this report is accurate

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

According to Marc Stein, the Pistons would prefer to hire a new head coach who already has experience sitting in the lead man’s chair on a NBA sideline.


Woodson, Frank atop Pistons’ list

Of the five known candidates for job, sources say that former Pistons assistant Mike Woodson is still the closest thing to a favorite, thanks largely to Woodson’s good working relationship with Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and the fact that Detroit would know exactly what it’s getting after Woodson’s work under Larry Brown during the Pistons’ 2004 title run.

Yet sources say that one reason Detroit’s search has dragged out so long is the strong impression that Lawrence Frank made on new Pistons owner Tom Gores and his advisers, among them former New York Knicks executive Dave Checketts.

Detroit’s choice, then, appears to be a tossup between the unattached Woodson and Frank, who remains part of Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston.

The other three known candidates to get interviews are Kelvin Sampson (about to leave Milwaukee to become Kevin McHale’s lead assistant in Houston), Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer (last seen on Rambis’ staff in Minnesota) and Checketts favorite Patrick Ewing (from Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Orlando). But sources have maintained throughout the process that Detroit’s preference is to hire a coach with previous head-coaching experience in the NBA after the recent unsuccessful stints for first-time head coaches Kuester and Michael Curry.


If this is, in fact, the case, then …

Joe Dumars should eventually hire Lawrence Frank, as the next head coach for Detroit. In all likelihood, the Pistons would not be able to win the NBA Championship under Frank’s direction, sometime down-the-road, but his career to-date does indicate that he has “the stuff” required – i.e. in terms of having: 1) A good conceptual framework for the way he wants his team to play, based on sound principles of Defense, Offense and Rebounding; 2) The ability to communicate effectively with his best players; 3) A sound grasp of X’s and O’s; and, 4) The ability, and the character, to withstand “the heat” involved with the position; etc. – to direct a first-class squad that is more than capable of consistently competing for a Top 6 playoff position … which would be a solid step forward for an operation that has gone significantly backwards each of the last 3 seasons working under less-than stellar head coaches without proven records of success in the NBA.

And, then, there were two …

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

According to Raptors beat reporter Doug Smith:


Casey or Frank next Raptors coach

According to multiple NBA sources, the Raptors have narrowed the search for a new coach to two men: Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtic assistant Lawrence Frank.

Sources say president and general manager Bryan Colangelo has a strong desire to have a new coach in place as long before the June 23 NBA draft as possible but he cannot even begin interviewing Casey until the Mavericks are finished their NBA final series against the Miami Heat.


Despite what Mr. Smith suggests are the ”strengths and weaknesses” of these two respective candidates, Raptors fans should also be made aware of the following biographical information concerning these two men, as prospective future head coaches in Toronto:

Dwayne Casey

2 06-07 Minnesota Dwayne Casey 33-49 .402 DNQ Fired
1 05-06 Minnesota Dwayne Casey 20-20 .500 DNQ  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs.

Lawrence Frank

7 09-10 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 0-16 .000 DNQ Fired
6 08-09 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 34-48 .415 DNQ  
5 07-08 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 34-48 .415 DNQ  
4 06-07 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 41-41 .500 2nd Rd  
3 05-06 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 49-33 .598 2nd Rd  
2 04-05 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 42-40 .512 1st Rd  
1 03-04 New Jersey Lawrence Frank 25-15 .625 2nd Rd  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs.


Although neither Lawrence Frank nor Dwayne Casey is actually the type of Transformational Coach that the Raptors will need to eventually take their franchise to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference … if you examine the track record of Bryan Colangelo:

18 11-12 Toronto ? ?-? ?  ? ?
17 10-11 Toronto Jay Triano * 22-60 .268 DNQ #7
16 09-10 Toronto Jay Triano 40-42 .488 DNQ  
15 08-09 Toronto Sam Mitchell * 8-9 .471   #6
      Jay Triano 25-40 .385 DNQ  
14 07-08 Toronto Sam Mitchell 41-41 .500 1st Rd  
13 06-07 Toronto Sam Mitchell 47-35 .573 1st Rd  
12 05-06 Phoenix Mike D’Antoni 38-17 .691 3rd Rd  
    Toronto Sam Mitchell 7-19 .269 DNQ  
11 04-05 Phoenix Mike D’Antoni 62-20 .756 3rd Rd  
10 03-04 Phoenix Frank Johnson * 8-13 .381   #5
      Mike D’Antoni 21-40 .344 DNQ  
9 02-03 Phoenix Frank Johnson 44-38 .537 1st Rd  
8 01-02 Phoenix Scott Skiles * 25-26 .490   #4
      Frank Johnson 11-20 .355 DNQ  
7 00-01 Phoenix Scott Skiles 51-31 .622 1st Rd  
6 99-00 Phoenix Danny Ainge * 13-7 .650   #3
      Scott Skiles 40-22 .645 2nd Rd  
5 98-99 Phoenix Danny Ainge 27-23 .540 1st Rd  
4 97-98 Phoenix Danny Ainge 56-26 .683 1st Rd  
3 96-97 Phoenix Cotton Fitzsimmons * 0-8 .000   #2
      Danny Ainge 40-34 .541 1st Rd  
2 95-96 Phoenix Paul Westphal * 14-19 .424   #1
      Cotton Fitzsimmons 27-22 .551 1st Rd  
1 94-95 Phoenix Paul Westphal 59-23 .720 2nd Rd  
LEGEND: DNQ – Did not qualify for the playoffs; * – Replaced as head coach.

each at least has some of the necessary ingredients to improve the team’s on-court performance next season – including the ability to prioritize rebounding and team defense – which is actually what is most important right now to the team’s GM, since he just signed only a 2-year contract extension with MLSE.

Good news for the Nets

Friday, September 18th, 2009

When you first heard the news that New Jersey had agreed to trade Vince Carter [SF-OG] and Ryan Anderson [PF] to Orlando … in exchange for 3 pretty good but not great players, i.e. Courtney Lee [OG], Rafer Alston [PG], Tony Battie [PF-C] … did the thought occur to you that the Nets’ managerial tandem of Rod Thorn & Kiki Vandeweghe MUST know something that just isn’t common knowledge, yet? Or, perhaps, have an Ace of sorts, hidden up their collective sleeve?

As has been mentioned in this space before …

Yours truly has a great deal of confidence in the ability of specific GM’s across the NBA to assess with a fairly high degree of accuracy the talent level of elite players in this league: 

NJ Nets rookie takes over: Terrence Williams may be the Next Big Thing
Terrence Williams — for reasons that elude logic — looks like the Nets’ best player two weeks before camp opens.

Nobody wants to say this aloud for print, but they’ll go this far:

“He’s playing really well – a freak of nature athletically,” Keyon Dooling said yesterday. “In the moments I’ve watched, he’s really unique. What you don’t see from the great athletes is a high basketball IQ. But he has a nice floor game – a really nice floor game.”

Then there’s this from Mr. Reticence: “He’s really good. I worked with him some, watched him some, and I’m very impressed,” L-Frank said.

Both sounded as though they were looking over their shoulders, waiting for someone to jam a towel down their throats. Nobody wants to christen any rookie as The Next Big Thing, but everyone else we spoke to claims that T-Will the Thrill has absolutely torn up the gym.

Frank downshifted into omigod-let’s-douse-that-now speech:

“Winning the pickup game award isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success – Rodney Buford won it,” the coach said. “I think Terrence will be a very good player, but it’s early to make an evaluation. The guys like playing with him, because he’s a willing and capable passer – that’s human nature. But many young guys try to establish themselves by scoring; Terrence just makes the right plays and delivers the ball in the right position, which ingratiates you with teammates.”


one of which happens to reside in New Jersey.

Does that mean these management teams never ever make a serious mistake when acquiring or releasing players for their franchise?

No, it does not.

What it does mean, though, is that … the individuals in charge of those specific organizations know exactly what it takes to put a solid team on the floor, and succeed in doing just that, on a consistent basis, without ever attempting to pull the wool over their fans eyes, regarding the realistic prospects for their team, in a given season … while always keeping a steady eye towards the gradual process involved with building a championship calibre team.

Those who think the following roster of players is going to be atrocious this season:

1 Rafer Alston G 6-2 175 07/24/1976   Fresno State 10
7 Tony Battie C-F 6-11 240 02/11/1976   Texas Tech 11
2 Josh Boone C 6-10 237 11/21/1984   Connecticut 3
55 Keyon Dooling G 6-3 195 05/08/1980   Missouri 9
17 Chris Douglas-Roberts G 6-7 200 01/08/1987   Memphis 1
34 Devin Harris G 6-3 185 02/27/1983   Wisconsin 5
44 Trenton Hassell F 6-5 233 03/04/1979   Austin Peay 8
22 Jarvis Hayes F 6-8 228 08/09/1981   Georgia 6
6 Courtney Lee G-F 6-5 200 10/03/1985   Western Kentucky 1
11 Brook Lopez C 7-0 260 04/01/1988   Stanford 1
14 Eduardo Najera F 6-8 235 07/11/1976   Oklahoma 9
21 Bobby Simmons F 6-6 230 06/02/1980   DePaul 7
51 Sean Williams F-C 6-10 235 09/13/1986   Boston College 2
8 Terrence Williams G-F 6-6 220 06/28/1987   Louisville R
9 Yi Jianlian F 7-0 238 10/27/1987   China 2

are making a serious in judgment … even if the Nets do happen to miss the playoffs, again.

There’s a definite plan in place with this franchise, as far as their player personnel is concerned, which now includes future stalwarts at four of the following five positions:

PG – Devin Harris
OG – Courtney Lee
SF – Terrence Williams
PF – ?
C – Brook Lopez 

It says here that Brook Lopez [C] will develop into one of the best Centers in the NBA during the next few seasons, at the heart of their line-up … with a solid core of talented athletic players around him … like D-Harris, C-Lee, CDR [?] and T-Will-The-Thrill, at their respective positions … to form a group that is going to be able to Rebound, Defend and Share the Ball, as a good team should.

CPR from CDR helps to keep the Nets alive

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

When his coach, Lawrence Frank, uses Chris Douglas-Roberts [SF-PG-OG] like he did in yesterday’s game against the New York Knicks … while playing without the Nets’ All-Star PG, Devin Harris, in a match-up with serious playoff ramifications … and, CDR responds with a performance like THIS:


New Jersey Nets (29-39)
  Field Goals   Rebounds  
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T.Hassell F 30:33 4-6 0-1 0-0 +16 2 7 9 2 2 1 2 1 0 8
J.Yi F 17:42 4-6 0-2 0-0 0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 8
B.Lopez C 35:09 11-20 0-0 1-2 +17 1 4 5 8 2 3 2 3 1 23
V.Carter G 35:36 11-16 5-9 2-2 +18 0 5 5 2 2 1 4 1 0 29
K.Dooling G 33:45 7-12 1-4 2-2 +11 1 2 3 8 1 0 2 0 0 17
C.Douglas-Roberts 27:22 6-9 0-1 2-2 +26 0 2 2 7 3 3 2 1 0 14
J.Hayes   21:44 4-9 1-4 0-0 +13 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 9
J.Boone   12:52 0-1 0-0 0-0 +9 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
B.Simmons   21:32 3-5 1-3 0-0 +20 0 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 7
R.Anderson   02:05 0-0 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
M.Ager   01:42 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D.Harris  DND – Sprained Left Shoulder
Total   240 50-85 8-24 7-8   6 35 41 30 17 9 14 7 1 115
  58.8% 33.3% 87.5% Team Rebs: 6 Total TO: 14
New York Knicks (28-39)
  Field Goals   Rebounds  
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
W.Chandler F 38:44 6-19 0-2 0-0 -25 3 7 10 3 3 0 2 1 0 12
A.Harrington F 31:14 10-16 1-5 0-0 -13 0 5 5 0 2 0 2 0 1 21
D.Lee C 31:47 5-7 0-0 3-4 -14 1 5 6 2 3 3 5 0 0 13
L.Hughes G 35:02 3-11 1-2 3-3 -10 2 2 4 5 1 0 1 0 3 10
N.Robinson G 36:15 7-16 0-3 4-5 -23 3 2 5 2 2 1 2 0 2 18
J.Jeffries   12:51 1-3 0-0 0-0 -6 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
C.Duhon   30:18 3-6 0-3 0-1 -22 1 1 2 3 1 3 3 0 0 6
Q.Richardson   10:01 1-4 0-2 0-2 -14 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
C.Samb   03:34 0-1 0-0 0-2 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Nichols   03:34 0-1 0-0 1-2 -2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
C.Wilcox   06:40 2-2 0-0 0-0 +1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
E.Curry  DNP – Coach’s Decision
Total   240 38-86 2-17 11-19   11 27 38 15 13 8 15 1 7 89
  44.2% 11.8% 57.9% Team Rebs: 7 Total TO: 15

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the initial impression which was held by yours truly concerning the NBA ability of this young man is further confirmed.

Chris Douglas-Roberts is going to have a long and highly productive career in the NBA, and there are going to be a number of teams who regret not selecting him with their 1st Round Pick, in the 2008 NBA Draft, when they had the chance to do so … including the Toronto Raptors.

Young, versatile, athletic players … with good NBA size, a highly coachable attitude, a top-flight Bball IQ, and a tough-minded approach to the game … simply do not grow on trees, in this League.

Bell-weather game for the Raptors

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Now that the Raptors [18-28] have finally discovered what their best available line-up is, tonight’s match-up vs New Jersey [20-25] fits into the category of a benchmark game for the Dinos.

If the Raptors are going to make a belated run for the 8th playoff spot in the EC, they will need to get games like this one, on the road versus one of the five teams ahead of them in the standings, i.e. Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York, Charlotte and Chicago.




Calderon [PG]

Parker [OG/PG]

Jamario Moon [SF/OG]

Andrea Bargnani [PF, will check BL]

Chris Bosh [C, will check RA]

Devin Harris [PG

Wince Carter [OG]

Bobby Simmons [SF]

Ryan Anderson [PF, will check AB]

Brook Lopez [C, will check CB]


Jason Kapono [OG/SF]

Joey Graham [SF/OG/PF]

Jermaine O”Neal [C/PF]

Roko Ukic [PG

Keyon Dooling [PG/OG]

Jarvis Hayes [SF/PF/OG]

Josh Boone [PF/C]

Chris Douglas-Roberts [SF/OG/PG]

Trenton Hassell [SF/OG]

Eduardo Najera [PF/SF]


Will Solomon [PG]

Jake Voskuhl [C/PF]

Nathan Jawai [PF/C]

Maurice Ager [G/F]


Jay Triano

Lawrence Frank

Q1. Where do they have an individual match-up advantage vs New Jersey?
A1. Only in the section with the bolded letters listed above. 


If O’Neal dramatically out-performs Josh Boone, the Raptors can win this game going away.


If not … it will be the Nets that prevail in what should be a hum-dinger of a contest.


Wagering Line: NETS +2/-105