bfc1125roy wrote:Ok lets look at a long timeframe. FGA per game for the whole season (and I'm not even going to look at just the D'Antoni era because it'll get worse), MWP is second on the team at over 11 a game, more than our superstar center, and more than Nash. Yet, he's shooting an abysmal 40% from the floor on mostly wide open shots. That's our recipe for success, Artest as our second offensive option? Good luck with that.
His play is elevated from last year in the sense that he isn't injured for half the year, but he's still a major offensive liability out there, and his defense isn't as good as it used to be.
Gasol and MWP are two big problems on the team, yes Gasol is a bigger issue at this point but any starting SF that can hit an open 3 pointer is more valuable than Artest at this point.
You've cited absolutely 0 evidence, and just coming back with vague generalities won't prove a thing. Just from watching recent games like the one against the Suns, it's evident MWP needs to take a backseat role to our stars, he's not nearly as good as you claim.
I didn't claim he was "good"..... I said he's brought it every night in terms of effort and mental approach.
I was in attendance at the Phoenix game. He gave a lot of effort out there.... he didn't have much success but he was constantly urging his teammates to play better. Something that no one other than Kobe reciprocated in doing even once during the game. In fact MWP and Kobe were communicating on defense all night while the rest of them didn't say a word or even interact much at all. Nash and Howard were watching the PHX cheerleaders run a promotion during a T.V. timeout while MDA was diagraming a play out of the time out...... Nash subsequently threw the ball away trying to get it to Howard.
You used the term "Super Stars"..... who are you referring to? Howard? He's shown to be nearly as unreliable as MWP unless it's a lob attempt. He hasn't been prepared to play every night and seems more interested in stat sheets and touches than being effective and doing what ever it takes.
MWP is getting opportunities because of our system and because Kobe is finding the open man..... why is he open? Well you described that fairly well.....
When you are wide open at the 3 point line there is a reason.... what is he supposed to do? Pass to the person who's being doubled off the ball by his man? Pass it back to Kobe for the fade away 3 at the end of the clock?.... Force it to Howard so he can lose it in the clogged lane? It's our offensive system to find the open player no matter who it is..... I don't like the system any better than you but I can recognize that it's the system that is putting him in a position to take the second most shots..... not an overt attempt to be the "second option".....
Again, what I said is that he is playing hard and doing what is asked without yappin'..... That's more than some others....