Lamelo Ball on NBA Twitter is what IPAs are for hipsters, Band of Brothers Old white guys, dog mAnd girlfriend, Wine for NBA players (?) – No highlight is too mundane, no beer is too happy, no voiceover is too stoic, no bottle is too expensive for them click, sip, watch or waft.
Lamelo Playing as if he was making a tickling video, Their play-by-play guy is trying to take you to a two-bedroom, two-bath in Lakeview by selling every play like a Chicago realtor (“Oh Terry! Utilities included! ”) And, kicker here, he’s really good at basketball.
This is the funniest Hornets team after Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues NBA Jam. It’s so long ago, no one thought a second time to Grandma if it was problematic. (Don’t ask me. I’m still trying to figure out if I should still smile Mrs. Doubtfire.) The last thing Hornets wants to do is lose a player who has “it”.
What is “it” has been explained so many times that you know what “it” is, and Kember didn’t have “it”, Al Jefferson didn’t have “it”, no Bobcat had “it”.
LaMelo has “it”, but he’s not Giannis. You can’t roll him out there with a bunch of betas and win 60 games. My colleague Grace McDermott wrote about how The condition of the box is rare.
Hornet’s situation is not uncommon. We’ve seen it a million times. “The small market team drafted the superstar, repeatedly hitting him in the face with a bad signature / run until the superstar couldn’t take it anymore.” It happened in the case of pacer and Paul George, it happened in the case of Pelican and Anthony Davis, it happened in the case of Trail Blazer and Damien Lillard.
So, since Grace has already hit the meet, let’s look specifically at how to surround the ball.
Get him a lob threat / rim protector
Miles Bridge Mikal is going to make money LaMelo passes off alone, But he’s not your typical pick-and-roll lobe partner. Trading for Plumley who is still in the league was not a terrible move, but it was also not a good move. Although they have to think bigger.
Phoenix has a team at the moment who are playing with no signing The kind of player you want to give the most to. A ball-Dandre Aiton combo would be devastating for a decade plus. Offer him the maximum, Michael tell him to take him to TPC Sagras, do whatever it takes to empty the cap room because Sun will probably be cheaper (unless the owner Robert Server finds himself sterling)
Find the nearest / scorer / no. 2
The ball’s ISO number is good (60 percent FG) but limited (1.4 ISO per game last year). However, I just don’t think you want him to squash Iso with that kind of attitude.
If you have someone who can carry the offense while on the bench and help finish the games, it goes a long way in distributing the workload evenly. Terry Rosia has taken on this role, so while he’s still scary, he’s not Chris Middleton. This would be ideal if you could snatch a Borderline All-Star type through Firecell. Which brings me to my next point …
Trade Gordon Hayward / Keep Miles Bridge
The risk of Hayward’s injury is as great as his contract. You can wait and see what this team looks like in the post season with a healthy Hayward, but it depends on him making it so far. Hopefully he will make a heated start and sell higher, as Bridges will be a limited free agent after this season and will be paid.
He’s getting better (split 50-40-87 last year), and seeing his potential should be a priority over Hayward. Even if you “give” to Hayward, it allows you to pay the bridges and offer another limited free agent.
Tell me, how big is the difference between Eric Gordon and Gordon Hayward? They’re both injury prone, both have “Gordon” in their name, but one is earning $ 18 million with one team option in 2023-24 and the other will earn about $ 31 million by the end of that season. This is the kind of turning point that could change the future of a franchise.
I know it’s easy for me to say that, but don’t get me wrong, Charlotte – because Lamelo has “it”.