Well, it didn't take long for quotes out of camp to put a damper on my unfounded enthusiasm. After the jump, count 'em, two quotes which will make you either scratch your head, vomit or both.
No intro needed...
From Tom Moore's column:
"I was just making a joke about it yesterday -- the ball comes to me more times in a whole practice than in the eight years I've been here," he (Sam Dalembert) said with a smile.And another, from Tom Moore's thread over at RealGM:
Jordan on Willie Green: "First of all, his teammates look at him as a leader. That's very big in my book. He leads by example and verbally. He's going to be there. He's one of the top three guards (we have)."
As for Dalembert, well, he needs to learn the offense. Just because he's getting a ton of touches right now does not mean that will happen when the games start to count. The second quote, however, is just beyond ridiculous.
I'm all for motivating Jrue and making him earn his minutes, but this is just absurd. Willie Green may very well have been the worst starter in the NBA last season. If he was only in one of the five worst last year, he was clearly one of the two worst the year before. I'm sure he's a nice guy, I'm sure the guys on the team like him. Neither of those things should have jack to do with his minutes, however. Tell Jrue nothing will be handed to him. Tell him he's going to have to physically take his minutes away from someone else, but for the love of God, please do not tell me Willie Green is going to be the first guard off the bench.
If this is, in fact, the case and Willie winds up with the third-most minutes among the guard rotation I reserve the right to amend my win-loss prediction for the season. Just terrible, terrible news and honestly, I'm disappointed that Jordan stuck his neck out like that. I was hoping a new coach would come in here and evaluate the guys objectively and dole out minutes based on what he saw, not on the same flawed logic that led to 5,460 minutes over the past three seasons for Willie.
In other news, the Sixers brought this guy in as the 18th man in camp. To me, he sounds like a Reggie Evans-type hustler.
Thoughts in the comments (anything to take my mind off the Willie quote would be greatly appreciated.)