May 13, 2008
Why Would He? Proven in game 4, the Pistons are clearly capable of taking the Magic down captain-less. If I were head coach Flip Saunders, I would actually use this to my advantage and HOLD CHAUNCEY OUT. Why? Think about it. Every year Chauncey seems to have a terrible span in the playoffs where he plays brutally, and it ends up bringing the whole team down with him. When he plays bad, it really does have that affect on the entire team. Some might argue that this stretched has already occurred in the first round against the 76ers, but who knows? Back to the current situation, this could be a great way for the rest of the Pistons roster to get the Chauncey-less experience. What if Billups comes back 100%, but he ends up being really cold? It’s not worth the whole team being taken down too. Let’s face it, the Pistons have 3 games to knock the Magic to the golf course. It likely won’t even take them more than tonight’s game to do it. Why not let Mr. Big Shot rest and recuperate, letting him come back to a well oiled team.
May 12, 2008
After reading a recent article on ESPN about this upcoming draft class, I realized that there is likely chance that Mr. Rose out of Memphis will more than likely get the nod for the number one pick. I say this because if you look at the NBA playoffs right now, it’s never been more crystal clear that it’s all about the guards. Kobe, CP3, Deron Williams, Tony Parker. I would even go to say guys like Rip Hamilton’s recent contributions and Delonte West deserve mention. Of course, Chauncey Billups should be attached to this list automatically (Mr. Big Shot!!!) but the boys in red, white and blue proved they are resiliant without his presence. For those that have been watching, these small guys are the most confident on the floor. They are the guys making the right decisions, at the right time. Coaches have shown that they can be trusted with the game winner (ie: Delonte West). Kobe being the MVP and CP3 being second just shows the value of guards in the NBA market is strong. As per usual, though, number one lottery picks are always big men (except Iverson) in past years. Mike Beasley was supposed to be the unquestioned number one pick in this year’s draft. He outperformed Kevin Durant’s stellar numbers, so what’s the big deal? Derek Rose has emerged as a direct competitor! How can teams pass up a chance to get the next CP3 and D. Wills? It’s not worth letting these guys fall down to 2 or 3 or later. I like where the GM thoughts are heading, because I know if my teamed lacked even the slightest bit in the most important position category, I’d be shopping for the perfect Rose.