July 24, 2007
College standout (before entering the league in 2002) Casey Jacobsen has signed a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, probably not worth a lot of money. Why is this significant? Why would I even bring up someone who hasn’t even played in the league recently? I do so because this guy was a star in college at Stanford. The more I thought about it, he reminded me of Jason Kopono. I would put them on the same level. If you remember Kopono’s early years on the league, he was practically a nobody as well. Once Miami gave him some serious minutes, he started to prove what he is about. I feel this will be the case with Jacobsen. With Memphis, he might have the opportunity to break out of his shell and become a top shooter in the league as the hype that surrounded him when he entered into the league suggested. Mark my words, Casey Jacobsen WILL be this season’s Jason Kopono. Watch out!
(Due to Jacobsen not being any good in the NBA YET, I could not find a YouTube video to post of how good he really is. Damn)
-I just received a tip for a little Casey Jacobsen footage playing in Germany. This guy has a sweet stroke, and the rest of his game isn’t too shabby either. (Thanks to BluntFam for the tip!)
July 14, 2007
This doesn’t sound like the title of your typical children’s book, but this could potentially be the title of the NBA’s next Twin Towers. I know I downplay Darko on a regular basis, but that is the worst case scenario. Now how about thinking about the best case scenario? If Darko finally has his breakout year, and Pau stays healthy, what are the possibilities? It’s pretty endless in my mind. Firstly, Pau showed last year (when healthy) that he is one of the most dominating, as well as versatile centers in the NBA. This is a fact, my friends. As for Darko, this will likely be the year where he starts at power forward from the starting of the season. He has shown flashes of light. It’s just a matter of time before he becomes consistent. Yes, he’s still young. Yes, he still has a lot to learn. But, playing alongside Pau during games and practices will work wonders for his game. These guys are still not going to be playoff contenders within a year or two, but I wouldn’t count them out three years down the road. In addition to the Memphis “Twin Towers” (sorry Duncan and Robinson), Rudy Gay is showing flashes of stardom in the summer league. If Mike Miller can continue is high scoring at shooting guard, these guys can turn into a decent team. It seems like all the pieces WILL fall into place, but the success of this team practically depends on the development of Darko. This is a scary thought, hence, why Memphis still has a few years to go.