Center Court wrote:Bargnani... ugh. People are so worried about shooting they are forgetting D. Andrea makes Pau look like Mike Tyson. No thanks.
IMO when Pau's knees heal up and bit and nash comes back, he'll fit much better. Not dominant, but much better.
^^ I agree. It seems like most of the names that are being seriously thrown around here Bargnani, Stoudemire . . . are a lot worse than a healthy Pau on the defensive end.
I'm waaaay in the minority here, but I totally agree with Mitch on this one. I don't want us doing any more moves until we see what we have in action. I want to see all four HOF players on the court healthy together and see what D' Antoni can do with them. In the meantime, I like what's been going on with our bench guys under D' Antoni (except Hill who is being a little underutilized, but he's still playing well).
Especially as Nash apparently voiced his opinion in the summer that he wanted to play with Pau, and also because Kobe loves Pau (even if he's berating him a little with the big boy pants - that's just to light a fuse under him). I think this lineup could be real contender. I have my concerns about D' Antoni's system taking them over the hump (lack of defensive focus, running and gunning leading to poor transition D against younger teams), but I want him to have a chance and I want this personnel to have a chance. The best way to do that is to be patient and let these two guys heal up.
Hopefully we get both Pau and Nash back and healthy within the next few weeks. That will give us some time before the deadline to see how they all play together. I'm looking forward to that.
The FO at least knows that there are some interested trading partners if it comes down to trading Pau. But again, I think he will have more value next season anyway.