Hap said:Darius does have his lapses of "blah", but they aren't nearly as noticeable as Zach's. Mostly because Darius DOES do other things when he plays, and Zach doesn't. Both still are far too "me" centric, but I think Darius is less me-centric than Zach.
I'm not convinced that Zach will, and in a big way I hope they get rid of him. Shame that his contract is BYC.
From what I read he's putting a lot of stock in this single game especially how harsh he was with Zach! If this had been the Memphis game I think it would have been a lot different.Ed O said:Good article. I wonder if he's putting stock into a single game, but overall I think he was pretty much spot-on in his analysis of tonight.
well said. say what you want about him, but when we drafted Randolph I was thinking "career backup," not 18/10. to declare him an underachiever requires you to invent entirely new terminology for guys like Olowakandi or Kwame Brown.dkap said:Two things I'm a bit unsure about:
1) "The Blazers are very much mistaken if they sincerely believe that the perpetually underachieving Randolph will ever lead them out of the wilderness."
Zach is a lot of things, many of them not desirable, but underachieving certainly isn't one of them. He's been called fat, a terrible leaper, slow, and not particularly savvy, yet he's carved out a niche as one of the tougher guys to handle in the low post.
maybe Rosen thinks that Zach should be averaging 30 and 18.theWanker said:well said. say what you want about him, but when we drafted Randolph I was thinking "career backup," not 18/10. to declare him an underachiever requires you to invent entirely new terminology for guys like Olowakandi or Kwame Brown.
I'll go with "futiliotic anticipointment."
If they kept stats to show missed opportunities to hit an open teammate, or kept track of shots forced against double and triple-teams, Zach would be really impressive in those categories.dkap said:I have to admit being a bit surprised, even after a few lackluster games by Zach, his season stats are at near career best levels.
What on earth would that prove?BlazerCaravan said:I wish we could win a game without calling a single play for Zach, just once, to show him what the hell is going on in the game.
The mentality that Zach and others on this team have about making sure that their stats look good, is a major factor in their lack of success. Zach is like a hundred other players I can think of in the NBA who are predominantly offensive oriented. Every team needs scorers, but scorers who recognize the importance of moving the ball around and spreading the offense are a lot more valuable than ball hogs who suck the life out of the game. If Zach continues to play the way he does, he's just another Antoine Walker...a big scorer who doesn't make his team better.Ed O said:What on earth would that prove?
Zach's one of the ONLY reasons we've been in games. He's certainly not the reason we're losing.