Originally posted by ninerfreak:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by TexasNiner:
The Spurs are going to be VERY tough this year. Solid free agent signings, a GREAT draft and the return to health of their big 3.
And no one in the league knows how to add the RIGHT talent like SA does.
Shaq will disappoint (I hope not, but I expect it) with the Cavs, and there is no way Artest makes LA a better team.
Other than the Celtics, who suddenly have their own age and injury issues, there isn't much standing in the Spur's way as long as they stay healthy.
for one he is a ball hogger and makes bad shots now in the downside of his career....i'm glad the rockets got ariza instead of him....ariza had more upside to his game than artest does at this stage of his career...
plus ariza was a huge contributor in the post season..they're sure going to miss his play.
He was a "ball hogger" because of the lack of offensive talent in Houston. Case in point, Ariza took 21 shots in last night's game, which is far more than he ever took in a single game in LA. By contrast, Artest took 10 shots in 41 minutes in the Laker opener, which was consistent with the 5-8 shots he was taking per game in fewer minutes in the preseason. He also led the team in assists on several occasions in the preseason, and had 4 in the opener. He isn't nearly the ball hog he's been made out to be. It was out of necessity in Houston. He hasn't forced a single shot since coming to LA.
BTW, the idea that a 29 year old player is on the "downside" of his career is ridiculous.
To relate this to the Spurs, you remember who used to guard Kobe? It was Bowen, their SF. They were able to hide Manu on Ariza, Radmanovic, or Walton, due to Ariza/Radmanovic having no post game and Walton having an average one with no jumper. The Spurs won't be able to do that anymore. Manu's gonna have to guard either Kobe & Artest, and either player will eat him up in the post.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Oct 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM ]