wcsoldier81 wrote:I did not know how good of a passer he is .... that's a huge upgrade over Ariza who cannot pass the ball to save his life . It will facilitate Kobe , Pau and Drew life in the post as entries passes will be better
^^^^ This!!!! This is what I've been so impressed by as well. I knew that it would be a big difference from Ariza just as you said. Last year's offense with the twin towers never looked that good to me, not just because Bynum was recovering from injury but because no one other than Kobe could actually get the ball into the post. And there were two 7 footers who needed the ball!
Artest is passing better than I ever imagined. He's also a much smarter ball player than I've ever imagined. Of course I loved his defense and I coveted the fact that he was an All Star level two way player at SF. But maybe because of his suspect shot selection, I didn't realize how smart a guy he is. Not that Trevor wasn't. Trevor, too, was such a smart, opportunistic player especially on D. But it's great to see Ron a part of this team and very concerned about being a passer in an offense that features passing so prominently.
Ron's a heck of a fit. I knew he would be. I have wanted him here since he was first traded from Indy as so many other fans have. But now that he's here I see his passing is at a higher level than I knew, and he's got great intelligence. I was amazed at what a well spoken and thoughtful guy he is from his signing interviews and since. I always admired his intensity (as in the words of Tenacious D!), hard-nosed D and ability to create offense, but his passing and rebounding and his high intelligence are gifts that really make him fit extremely well with this team and Phil's system.