Tanking is for losers. Losers don't win, and fans especially in marginal basketball towns don't go see LOSERS. Losing to win is completely foreign to football teams and the Hornets are owned/run by football men. We need our decent players and no one wants our scrubs, so we'll have to build through free agency and "player development".
In the NO Podcast Episode 110: Look Gerry, a Win!
Gerry V joins us to talk about the Hornets with Eric Gordon. We get his thoughts on Aminu playing again, what Gordon being around means for Vasquez, Anthony Davis’ struggles, and what to watch for in the upcoming weeks. Then Michael and I talk the Dallas game, Michael has a new theory on Vasquez, proposes a trade that includes Ryan Anderson, gets yelled at about Rudy Gay, and then we preview the Spurs and Rockets games.
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Gordon and Mayo go back in time to their AAU careers when they played against each other. Coming out of college, Mayo was drafted ahead of Gordon. When you look at Mayo vs Gordon in the NBA head to head, Gordon has pretty much dominated Mayo. For readers who are interested in the specifics, check out Basketball-Reference.com. NO acquiring Mayo makes little if any sense as long as Gordon is with the team.
I am bothered by Davis floating out there, and I think you can look no further than Rivers as to the attitude an NBA player should have. You can just tell that Rivers wants to be out there every second, and I saw him throw a fit after he got taken out. That's how it should be. I think the benching could be a positive thing, like Gerry V said. From my experience with sports, guys that are handed things are far more likely to become problems.. I don't think Davis has the negative attitude that many of those "problem" players I've dealt with have, but I think he needs to somewhat earn his spot. I still think Davis will be a great player, but to be a transcendent one, he's gotta have that fire inside.. whether he's quiet about it, I don't care. Don't say the right things, just do the right things. I know he said he lost a lot with his high school team, but I still think it must be hard from going from Kentucky to USA to the Hornets.. It's hard to go from a couple of great programs to one that hasn't established a real identity yet. I have been on board with trading Gordon for a while now, but I would really like us to keep him for now and win some games. From what I've heard, this draft is almost uniform.. guys are hit and miss after 3, and it's just a matter of what you want to take a chance on. So no tank, please, and let's get some continuity and a culture established. Vasquez was very good against the Mavs, minus the debacle of the last play in regular time. Gerry V didn't explicitly say it, but he has before: "quickness creates luck." Vasquez is not quick enough to really cause defenses to adjust on the spot. If he's a 3rd or 4th option on an offense, and someone else can initiate the defense shifting, then that should be fine. Even having Gordon to throw the ball to with 10 seconds left on the clock has helped Vasquez. If Vasquez can continue shooting well, and maybe improve his shot just a bit more, he could be a real complementary weapon
I did explain the poor choice he made in that last play...going into the 'coffin corner" and allowing the sideline to become an extra defensive player...poor choises by a guard in the late stage of a game...i broke it down during the interview.
Notice how Davis responded in the Spurs game...ran the floor..active on the glass on both ends...more alert play...scoring...a good sign when a player responds to coaching and gives the better effort.
For those with Synergy, check out the sub. I'm talking about w/ Rivers. It happens in the 4th after Jason Smith's offensive rebound w/ 7:50 to go. Love that kind of passion, even though the results haven't been great so far
Great podcast as usual! I love Gerry V and I kinda wish Fox Sports New Orleans hired him as one of the pre and post game analysts. The broadcast announcers are great but the analysts are lacking and Gerry V would keep it real and keep things in proper perspective.