Posts Tagged ‘Tyson Chandler’

Proposed partnership between Knicks and Zenmaster completely ‘off base’

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

What a certain so-called ‘basketball expert’ has said recently about the plight of the New York Knicks and the future possibility of Phil Jackson becoming their head coach for next season:

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Chris Palmer on twitter

Carmelo & Amar’e – 2011: 51.6 ppg; 2012: 39 ppg

27 minutes ago

Phil Jackson and the 2012 Knicks would be perfect for each other.
about 1 hour ago

No team with as much talent as the Knicks should have a losing record. Ever.
about 1 hour ago

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… could not, possibly, be further from the truth.

Simple facts regarding the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson:

#1. James Dolan, historically, has been a meddlesome owner.

#2. At this stage in his life, Phil Jackson – at 67 years of age – has zero need to work for a meddlesome owner.

#3. New York presently has only 2 players who would fit readily with a Phil Jackson coached team: i. Landry Fields; and, ii. Iman Shumpert; as solid, multidimensional, players.

#4. Specifically, Amare Stoudemire [i.e. as a Pick & Roll and Isolation Big, exclusively], Carmelo Anthony [i.e. as an Isolation Forward, exclusively], Tyson Chandler [i.e. Defensively-focused Center, exclusively], Jeremy Lin [i.e. as a defensively weak starting PG], JR Smith [i.e. as a Perimeter 'jacker', exclusively], and Baron Davis [i.e. as a defensively weak back-up PG] are the anti-thesis of what could be accurately described as “a good fit player for the Triangle Offense“, based on their individual skill sets.

#5. Although Mike D’Antoni has, indeed, done a poor job of dealing with the myriad egos on the Knicks, since Carmelo Anthony has returned to their active line-up … in no way should Phil Jackson – and the Triangle Offense – be seen as an elixir to their present [and future] ailments.

If New York Knicks actually want to hire a highly experienced NBA championship winning coach with a different mind-set than Mike D’Antoni, who has a history of working well with established veterans and would be a decent fit with their current roster they should think seriously about one of their own former coaches, i.e. Mr. Larry Brown.

Knicks’ ceiling, if they get 100% healthy this season

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Q. How good can the New York Knicks become, if they get 100% healthy?

A. With the addition of a solid, good-sized, PG like Jeremy Lin, and a full line-up that looks like this:

OWNER – James Dolan

GENERAL MANAGER – Glen Grunwald

HEAD COACH – Mike D’Antoni

STARTERS

PG, Jeremy Lin [acquired December 27, 2012]
OG, Landry Fields
SF, Carmelo Anthony
PF, Amare Stoudemire
C, Tyson Chandler

KEY SUBS

PG, Baron Davis
OG, Iman Shumpert
SF, Bill Walker
PF, Jared Jeffries
C, Steve Novak

RESERVES/EXTRAS/OUTS

PG, Toney Douglas
PG, Mike Bibby
PF, Renaldo Balkman
PF/C, Josh Harrellson
C, Jerome Jordan

New York should be good enough to qualify for the playoffs and, perhaps, advance to the EC semi-finals.

Wages of Wins Journal makes ‘wrong’ comparison

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Instead of trying to ‘put down’ the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade [Miami Heat, 2010-2011], by comparing them to the perceived to be ‘less-than’ dynamic pairing of Jack Sikma and Gus Williams [Seattle Supersonics, 1978-1979] …

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Bringing it all together

So why were two good players able to team up and win it all when some of the all time greats (Wade and LeBron, Stockton and Malone, Drexler and Porter) have failed to do so? The answer is that they had perfect timing. They were in the league when the requirement to be a top team was much lower and the competitive advantage of a top team wasn’t as high. Additionally the playoffs were easier if you were a top team. Putting this all together let team work prevail! Of course as I’ve chronicled, this is not  the way things are any more. And that’s why modern superteams can still fail and why teamwork is no longer enough to win it all.

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… what ‘Mr. Dre’ SHOULD really be doing is asking the following question:

“How do the Dallas Mavericks/2010-2011 compare favourably with the same TEAM of Seattle Supersonics?”


No.
2010-2011
Dallas Mavericks
1978-1979
Seattle Supersonics
STARTERS
1 PG Jason Kidd OG Dennis Johnson
2 PG JJ Barea PG Gus Williams
3 SF/PF Shawn Marion SF John Johnson
4 PF/C Dirk Nowitzki PF/C Jack Sikma
5 C Tyson Chandler PF/C Lonnie Shelton
KEY SUBS
6 G Jason Terry G Fred Brown
7 SF Peja Stojakovic G/F Wally Walker
8 C Brendon Haywood PF Paul Silas
RESERVES
9 G DeShawn Stevenson G Joe Hassett
10 F Corey Brewer G/F Dick Snyder
11 PF Brian Cardinal PF/C Tom LaGarde
12 PF Ian Mahinmi C Dennis Awtrey
EXTRAS/OUTS
13 G Rodrigue Beaubois F Jackie Robinson
14 G Dominique Jones C Lars Hansen
15 G/F Caron Butler
COACHING
16 HC Rick Carlisle HC Lenny Wilkens

The answer, on a person-to-person basis, might actually surprise him … when it comes to understanding the construction of a championship-winning TEAM. :-)

Toronto Raptors Game 25

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

When you read the following series of quotes from Larry Brown:

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Jordan’s Bobcats stumbling out of the gate

“What I heard Michael say is basically what we’ve been talking about, but obviously when he says something we all should listen. I’m to a point now that I’m going to play the guys that do it because the results would probably be the same. I’ve got to start playing the guys that do what we ask.”

“Whoever we have, we have and to say it’s D.J.’s problem, that’s not going to get anything accomplished. The only way if you maybe have some deficiencies is you play harder, you compete harder, you execute better.”

“Our second team kicks our first team in practice. What does that tell you?”

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you get a sense that this evening’s game against the Raptors [9-15] might be a turning point for the Bobcats [8-13] this season, whichever way it goes.

If Charlotte is forced to use a line-up which looks like this:

TORONTO RAPTORS

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Pos

PERSONNEL

ADV

PERSONNEL [MP vs BOS]

Pos

STARTERS

PG

Bayless

=

Augustin [32]

PG

OG

Weems

à

Jackson [31]

OG

SF

DeRozan

à

Wallace [37]

SF

PF

Johnson

à

Diaw [35]

PF

C

Bargnani

=

Mohammed [17]

C

 

0

 

 

+3

 

KEY SUBS

PG

Barbosa

ß

Livingston [20]

PG

OG

Wright

ß

Carroll [10]

OG

SF

Kleiza

ß

McGuire [16]

SF

PF

Davis

=

Najera [10]

PF

C

Dorsey

=

Brown/K [26]

C

 

+3

 

 

0

 

RESERVES/EXTRAS/OUTS

C

Alabi

N/A

Brown/D [6]

G

 

?

N/A

Diop [DNP-CD]

G

PG

Calderon [inj]

N/A

Collins [Inactive]

SF

SF

Stojakovic [inj-?]

N/A

Henderson [Inactive]

PF

PF

Evans [inj]

N/A

Thomas [Inactive]

C

 

0

 

 

0

 

COACHING

HC

Triano

àà

Brown

HC

 

0

 

 

+2

 

OVERALL

 

+3

 

 

+5

 

which is what they used in their preceding loss against the Celtics … 

then there’s a very good chance the Bobcats will slip to 6 games below .500 with another L this evening [i.e. 8-14] … unless, of course, Larry Brown can substantially out-manouevre Jay Triano, in terms of in-game strategy & tactics.

OTOH …

If Charlotte is able to field a line-up which looks like this:

TORONTO RAPTORS

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Pos

PERSONNEL

ADV

PERSONNEL [MP vs BOS]

Pos

STARTERS

PG

Bayless

à

Jackson

PG

OG

Weems

ß

Carroll

OG

SF

DeRozan

à

Wallace

SF

PF

Johnson

à

Diaw

PF

C

Bargnani

=

Mohammed

C

 

+1

 

 

+3

 

KEY SUBS

PG

Barbosa

ß

Augustin

PG

OG

Wright

=

Henderson

OG

SF

Kleiza

=

Brown/D

SF

PF

Davis

à

Thomas

PF

C

Dorsey

=

Brown/K

C

 

+1

 

 

+1

 

RESERVES/EXTRAS/OUTS

C

Alabi

N/A

McGuire

G

 

?

N/A

Diop

G

PG

Calderon [inj]

N/A

Collins [Inactive]

SF

SF

Stojakovic [inj-?]

N/A

Livingston [Inactive]

PF

PF

Evans [inj]

N/A

Najera [Inactive]

C

 

0

 

 

0

 

COACHING

HC

Triano

àà

Brown

HC

 

0

 

 

+2

 

OVERALL

 

+2

 

 

+6

 

then, there’s a fairly good chance the Bobcats will be able to stabilize their play this evening, get a much needed W against the under-manned Raptors, and remain in the hunt for a lower tier playoff spot for the balance of the season.

Despite losing several key contributors from last year’s team [e.g. Raymond Felton, PG; Tyson Chandler, C; and, Theo Ratliff, PF-C] … in an effort to save on player salaries … the Bobcats still have an opportunity to develop into a “competitive” squad this year, if they can get healthy and Coach Brown can begin to put his puzzle pieces together properly.

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Published Wagering Line

Opening: CHARLOTTE -4.5/-110

Current: CHARLOTE -5/-108 [as of 11:30 AM today]

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KSS Prognostication

No call … given the plethora of injuries, and other uncertainties, in place for this game, there’s no way to forecast its outcome with any degree of accuracy.

Proper understanding of ‘the way’ championship-winning basketball teams are put together

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

If you’ve taken the time to read a good portion of what’s been published on this blog to-date, then, you are already familiar with a few simple “facts” about the game of basketball:

[for example]

- it is comprised of 3 distinct main phases, i.e. Defense, Rebounding and Offense

- the 1 of these 3 phases which is the least well-understood, by “fans” and other so-called “expert observers” is Rebounding … followed by Defense … primarily, due to its “central” role and the way it influences the character of an elite level team

- basketball is, fundamentally, a “team” game … in which major success and failure [i.e. winning and losing the championship] are determined, in large part, by the highly specific strengths and weaknesses of the “individual” players and their ability to work “in concert” against a particular opponent

- while statistics, in general, are a terrific tool to help one understand how the game actually works, in isolation, they are not a wholly accurate reflection of reality and, at all times, need to be evaluated critically in the appropriate context

- an examination of highly specific anecdotal evidence is a gateway to developing an accurate understanding of the way in which a championship-winning team operates that is separate and distinct from its competition 

- putting an elite level team together properly is akin to “composing a virtuoso work of art” … moreso, than simplistically “painting by the numbers”

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To wit:

[this is the specific comment which was just submitted by yours truly at the Wages of Wins Journal]

Another Look at Team USA in 2010

Hmmm …

 

If someone could take the time to explain the reason the previous comment which I left in this thread was removed, it would be appreciated.

 

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In the interim, let’s try again.

 

It is a mistake in basketball judgment to think that keeping the 12 players with the highest WP48 numbers is necessarily the best way to construct a championship-winning basketball “team”.

 

Just because Gerald Wallace’s WP48 number … which [in fact] “fails to reflect a picture of reality” [according to a respected commentor [sic] on this site like Tom Mandel] … is substantially higher than Rudy Gay’s does not mean that simply “replacing Gay with Wallace” is the better way to go, in this case, i.e. with this specific group of players, their expected opposition, and the relatively large group of [at least, somewhat redundant] PG’s still on the active roster [i.e. Curry, Billups, Rondo, Rose and Westbrook], when compared with the sheer number of wing players [i.e. combo OG/SF/PF] with good size, strength, relative quickness – at their respective positions – and the ability to: i. defend, ii. rebound, iii. shoot the ball efficiently from distance, and iv. be high volume scorers, e.g. like Iguodala, Gay and Durant].

 

When you dissect how a championship-winning team is actually put together, what you will find is that rarely – if ever – is it simply a conglomeration of the 12 players with the highest available WP48 numbers [e.g. Was Charles Barkley a member of the 1984 team? or, Was Isiah Thomas a member of the original Dream Team?] And, the exact reasons for this are rarely – if ever – rooted in the way these specific players performed in lead-up public scrimmage situations.

 

Unfortunately, numeric-based analysis of basketball which reads like this is what can create a poor image overall for “stats” gurus, in the eyes of elite level coaches the world over.

 

[Hopefully this comment meets with your approval.]

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Enjoy! :-)

 

Bobcats after bigger ‘game’ than before

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

According to Doug Smith, the Toronto/Charlotte component of the 3-team trade initially reported to involve the Raptors, Bobats and Suns has officially been terminated by Michael Jordan:

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Charlotte end of Raptors deal dead

The part of a complex Raptors deal that would have sent Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans to Charlotte is dead, killed by Bobcats owner Michael Jordan according to league sources.

The teams had signed off on the transaction that would have shipped Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler to Toronto early Monday afternoon – with Chandler being told he was to become a Raptor – before it died later in the day

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The key question then becomes:

Why was it not sufficient for Toronto and Charlotte to simply complete a straight forward 1-for-1 trade involving Boris Diaw [SF/PF] in exchange for Jose Calderon [PG] … which, in a sense, fulfills a positional need for each team, and appears to be doable, from a salary cap perspective … if the other part of the original 3-team transaction is still scheduled to proceed as is [i.e. Turkoglu to Phoenix, in exchange for Barbosa and Jones to Toronto]?

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Could it possibly be the case that the original trade proposal agreed to by Charlotte and Toronto did, in fact, look like this:

To Toronto: Boris Diaw + Tyson Chandler

To Charlotte: Jose Calderon + TPE from Miami

[i.e. requiring the Raptors to send their TPE obtained from Miami to Charlotte in exchange for Tyson Chandler, in a straight forward 2-for-2 transaction]

… and that as Monday’s talks progressed, it was actually Bryan Colangelo who attempted to substitute in some combination of Reggie Evans, Dwayne Jones and/or Marcus Banks, in favour of the TPE part of the equation?

… which is ultimately what caused Michael Jordan to raise objections, since it would, in turn, prevent Charlotte from completing Part IV of their preferred player personnel plans for this summer:

i. Re-signing Tyrus Thomas, as a RFA;
ii. Not re-singing Raymond Felton;
iii. Acquiring a new PG to replace Felton [i.e. by trading Diaw for Calderon]; and,
iv. Acquiring a legitimate interior front-court scorer [i.e. by trading their acquired TPE, from Toronto, to Minnesota for Al Jefferson];

in order to alleviate some of their offensive woes from last season, and speculated about for some time by keen observers of the Bobcats.

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Hmmm …

Going forward in Charlotte, it could well be the case that Michael Jordan, v.7 [i.e. as "the" owner of the Bobcats] may not be so easy to push around, as was Michael Jordan, v.5 [i.e. as the "quasi-GM" of the sad-sack Washington Wizards] and Michael Jordan, v.6 [i.e. as a "minority share" owner with the franchise once controlled by Robert Johnson].

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Update:

According to Adrian Wojnarowski [10 minutes ago], Charlotte has now agreed to trade Tyson Chandler [C] and Alex Ajinca [C] to Dallas, in exchange for Erik Dampier [C], Matt Carroll [G] and Eduardo Najera [G/F].

Bryan Colangelo may be the problem, not MJ

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

According to Rick Bonnell [Inside The NBA], the hang-up in the proposed trade between Charlotte and Toronto isn’t a case of cold feet on the part of the NBA’s most notorious ‘stone-cold assassin’ but, rather, a case of unrealistic financial expectations on the part of the former two-time recipient of the league’s EOTY Award:

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So, if this trade ever happens …

– The problem, I’m told, is Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo’s financial expectations. I don’t know if that literally means cash or whether he’s demanding another team take a bad contract off his payroll.  But at the end of the day, Colangelo wants to make this work. It’s now so public, it would be hard to stuff the genie back in the bottle. Chandler and Evans already consider themselves exes with their former teams.

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Could it be that the proposed trade which Michael Jordan and Bryan Colangelo had originally agreed to was in fact not what has been reported to-date:

To Phoenix
- Hedo Turkoglu [from Toronto]

To Toronto
- Boris Diaw [from Charlotte] and Tyson Chandler [from Charlotte]

To Charlotte
- Jose Calderon [from Toronto], Dwayne Jones [from Phoenix, via Toronto] and Reggie Evans [from Toronto]

but, instead, this one:

To Phoenix
- Hedo Turkoglu [from Toronto]

To Toronto
- Boris Diaw [from Charlotte] and Tyson Chandler [from Charlotte]

To Charlotte
- Jose Calderon [from Toronto], Dwayne Jones [from Phoenix, via Toronto], Reggie Evans [from Toronto] and Marcus Banks [from Toronto]

which involves an additional player with a perceived to be ‘bad contract’ for the Raptors? … and, the distinct possibility that the Bobcats principal owner has, thus far, refused to take this on, given the viable alternative[s] at his disposal [i.e. one of which is outlined above].

While there should be no doubt that Adrian Wojnarowski is a credible writer/reporter/journalist for Yahoo! Sports, i.e. Jordan holding up Raptors trade … given his body of work to-date … so, too, is it the case that Rick Bonnell fits into a similar category for the Charlotte Observer … given a similar examination … and that sometimes two highly respected people can, in fact, simply see the exact same events in two very different ways with neither party really being described accurately as an out-right liar.

Indeed, it will be very interesting to see how this whole situation is eventually resolved and which of these two respective parties - i.e. Bryan Colangelo or Michael Jordan - is more inclined to accede to the demands of the other.

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PS. Contrary to what many so-called NBA ‘experts/observers’ realize, success/failure in the cutthroat world of pro sports is determined to a large extent by the ability of one participant to productively assert their/his ‘collective will’ over that of an opponent, in a head-to-head matchup.

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Update:

From a Raptors perspective, it can be highly informative to also read a solid blog – and the related comments – associated with another team which Toronto is thought to be in the process of doing business with, or, quite possibly, not.

Yet another opportunity for the Raptors to head in the right direction

Monday, July 12th, 2010

If the Raptors are, in fact, presented with the opportunity to end this week with the following player roster:

PG: Jack, Belinelli and Banks
OG: Weems and Barbosa
SF: DeRozan and Kleiza
PF: Diaw, Johnson, Davis, Evans and Dorsey
C: Chandler, Alabi and Jones;

while being able to preserve the full ‘TPE’ which they just received from Miami …

as suggested in this blog entry 

… then, they should jump at it immediately, as:

i. A legitimate way out of their current mess with a 1-dimensional player like Andrea Bargnani [C] at the core of their team:

and,

ii. Yet another feasible opportunity to gradually build a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference which could eventually be able to win a league championship in the not-too-distant future.

Bryan Colangelo is a resourceful and hard-working GM. He just needs to be pointed in the right drection by the people working around him. :-)

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PS. That’s the sort of roster which just might allow the Raptors to obtain a player like Harrison Barnes [i.e. Exhibit 1 & 2] through the 2011 NBA Draft.

Update:

PPS. Just to clarify the specific trade proposal outlined here, for the benefit of those who still might be confused by it … and, to distinguish it from what’s been proposed by other ‘sources’ in the on-line hoops community … this is what it would actually look like, according to the ESPN NBA Trade Machine. And, you know what? Michael Jordan might then actually decide to go through with it, rather than getting cold feet at the last minute. :-)

 

Who’s da man fuelling the good play of the Bobcats?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

According to Tim Povtak, a senior writer at NBA Fanhouse …

Aging Theo Ratliff Has Sparked Bobcats’ Playoff Rise

The Bobcats have younger big men like Tyrus Thomas and Tyson Chandler. They have bigger guys like DeSagna Diop and Nazr Mohammed still on the roster. Yet it’s the well-traveled Ratliff, still viewed as an undersized center, who has become their anchor in the late-season drive.
Ratliff, who is playing for the ninth different team in his 14-year NBA career, was obtained from the San Antonio Spurs Feb. 18 in a cup-of-coffee trade (actually, for a 2016 second-round pick) at the insistence of coach Larry Brown

, who was looking for someone he could trust.
Ratliff, who turns 37 next month, hardly was playing for the veteran Spurs

, but Brown quickly put him into his starting lineup. The Bobcats have won seven of his 11 starts, including the last six consecutive games.
He was especially instrumental in their 96-89 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic

– a potential first-round playoff opponent — and particularly down the stretch when he thwarted a potential home-team comeback.
He had 10 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes, but statistics never have been his forte. In the last six minutes: he blocked a shot by Vince Carter, who tried to drive on him. He changed two driving layups, by Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus

, that became misses. He also grabbed an offensive rebound to keep another possession alive.
“Theo looks like when I had him back in Philly,” said Brown, who coached Ratliff from 1998-2001 with the Sixers. “Only thing, he never got any shots back then. Everyone just told him to rebound the ball.”
 

 

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However …

If you take a closer look at the individual Game Logs for 3 specific players on the Bobcats’ current roster [shown below]:

Theo Ratliff’s Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

1

32:05

4

10

40.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

2

7

9

1

2

0

1

4

10

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

1

14:44

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

1

1

0

2

0

0

3

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

1

22:15

0

3

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

1

2

3

0

0

2

1

1

0

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

1

18:52

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

2

2

1

2

0

1

3

8

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

1

18:23

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

3

3

100.0

3

2

5

0

2

0

1

1

11

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

1

16:41

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

0

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

1

27:08

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

4

4

100.0

2

4

6

2

0

0

1

4

10

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

1

26:39

1

4

25.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

1

0

4

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

1

29:06

2

5

40.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

1

3

4

0

2

0

4

4

5

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

1

31:09

2

3

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

3

4

0

0

0

4

2

6

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

1

30:53

5

6

83.3

0

0

N/A

0

3

0.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

2

2

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

11:58

1

3

33.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

2

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

18:30

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

3

2

5

1

0

0

2

2

0

 

 

Tyrus Thomas’ Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

20:40

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

2

7

9

0

2

2

0

3

9

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

18:27

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

0

1

0.0

0

4

4

3

0

2

0

1

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

23:49

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

0

5

5

3

3

2

1

2

10

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

26:30

2

7

28.6

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

2

2

4

0

1

1

1

1

6

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

18:20

2

8

25.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

3

5

3

1

0

0

5

5

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

31:17

7

12

58.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

7

9

0

1

0

2

4

14

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

26:37

5

12

41.7

0

0

N/A

5

6

83.3

3

7

10

0

2

1

2

5

15

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

29:26

7

16

43.8

0

1

0.0

2

2

100.0

3

9

12

1

2

1

2

4

16

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

21:51

6

7

85.7

0

0

N/A

1

4

25.0

2

3

5

3

3

0

3

2

13

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

30:55

6

8

75.0

0

0

N/A

8

9

88.9

0

3

3

2

1

3

1

5

20

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

25:12

5

9

55.6

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

1

3

4

0

2

2

3

4

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

30:54

5

10

50.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

3

8

11

2

4

1

4

5

12

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

25:12

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

1

11

12

2

2

0

6

4

9

 

 

Tyson Chandler’s Game Logs This Season for Charlotte, since Feb 19 

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

15:55

3

4

75.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

5

7

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

31:56

5

7

71.4

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

6

3

9

0

4

0

0

2

13

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

15:03

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

6

9

66.7

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

12

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

16:42

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

2

4

0

2

1

1

1

5

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

07:18

1

2

50.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

15:16

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

4

4

0

1

0

1

1

6

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

you should be able to see clearly that the team’s recently improved performance has actually coincided with the return to good health of Tyson Chandler [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Center] and the gradual integration of Tyrus Thomas [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Power Forward] into their primary rotation, as much as [or, perhaps, even more than] the role and production of Theo Ratliff, as their Starting Center.

When a team like Charlotte finally turns the corner and morphs into a legitimate playoff contender it is rarely the case that there is only 1 player responsible for this actual transformation.

The simple fact is …

Charlotte has been engaged in the process of a long term build-up over the course of the past 2 years, given the additions of:

Larry Brown, Head Coach

DJ Augustin, PG [acquired via the Draft]
Alexis Ajinca, C [acquired via the Draft]
Boris Diaw, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
DeSagana Diop, C [acquired via trade]
Gerald Henderson, OG [acquired via the Draft]
Derrick Brown, PF-SF [acquired via the Draft]
Tyson Chandler, C [acquired via trade]
Stephen Graham, SF-OG [acquired as an UFA]
Stephen Jackson, OG-SF [acquired via trade]
Tyrus Thomas, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
Theo Ratliff, C [acquired via trade]
Larry Hughes, G-F [acquired as an UFA]

and,

Michael Jordan, Principal Owner,

in conjunction with the decision to retain the services of:

Gerald Wallace, SF-PF
Raymon Felton, PG
Nazr Mohammed, C

… and, the single individual most responsible for their success today is their once much-maligned General Manager, Rod Higgins.

Related:

Kudos to the Bobcats for resurrecting their once morbid franchise 

5 Men On A Single String … Kudos to Larry Brown

 

Teachable Moments, NBA Style

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

What the Charlotte Bobcats’ Tyson Chandler is, in fact, learning from his new coach, Larry Brown, is precisely what it takes to become a True Champion

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The Team Bus, Coach Brown, a Rough Baby and CP3

BASKETBALL 24/7
People ask what Coach Brown is like when he’s not talking basketball and he’s a great dude, but the thing is, he’s talking basketball 24/7.

There are not too many conversations that you’ll have with him that aren’t about basketball. He’s a very concerned person, but he’s 100 percent into basketball.

His impact has been huge. One thing about coach is he’s going to bring it and be the same every single day. He will never stop coaching. I don’t know if I’ve ever been around anyone who loves basketball as much as he does and has the passion for it that he does.

It never stops and he’ll breakdown everything in footage. He’ll breakdown a mistake that a rookie made at the end of the game as if it was the first play of the game that a starter would make. That’s one thing I appreciate about him is that he coaches every single player the same.

If you make a mistake, he will correct you. He doesn’t care if you’re in your 12th year or your first. That attitude trickles down to our team and gives us our character.

Coach Brown has shown me the dedication every day that it takes to be great. It’s about understanding the passion and knowledge that you have to have to be great. The way he talks about the game is totally different from anybody I’ve ever heard talk about it.

The way he breaks things down, the way he looks at mechanics, the way he understands why guys are great scorers or great rebounders. Everything he does is from studying and that’s something I have learned from him.

For example, I’ll shoot a hook shot or a short jump shot and I’ll make it and he’ll come back and say, “Oh Tyson, come on, you have to get the ball in your fingertips.”

After he says something like that it feels uncomfortable. But then I’ll shoot it and miss it and he’ll say, “great shot.” Your first reaction is to say: “What are you talking about, great shot? I just missed that.”

But I’ve come to the realization that he understands that it doesn’t matter if you miss it that particular time. If you continue to shoot the ball the right way and you get to the point where you shoot the same way every single time, you’re going to make a higher percentage. It works out better than if you’re shooting half the time one-way and half the time another.

It’s just stuff like that that he’s a stickler on. He’s a stickler on you doing things the right way every single time.

You have to have a team that’s receptive to his coaching and his coaching style. Guys have to be willing to learn every day because he’s not going to stop teaching. If you’re the type of person that at some point wants that voice to go away, it’s not.

Every player I’ve talked to that has ever played for him says: “You’re going to understand how great he is when you don’t have him.”

It can be tough for guys being coached non-stop because a lot of players have never had that in their career. But when you’re on a different team and away from him, you look back and realize that he was just an incredible coach. Every guy I’ve talked to has said I’ll learn more than I’ve ever learned just playing for him and it’s true.

———————————

in The Game Of Life.

Kudos gallore to both men for continuing to put in the work [i.e. Tyson for being willing to listen; and, Larry for being willing to speak, relentlessly].

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PS. Great basketball players simply do not exist without the benefit of working with great basketball coaches.