Skip Bayless REALLY liked DeSagana Diop
I know hindsight is 20/20, but this is just incredible. Blast from the past, credit to Mark Deeks of ShamSports for this incredible find. Not saying that people do not make mistakes, know I have had my fair share of misfires, this is just, wow:
Cries of conspiracy echoed around the NBA Sunday night. Calling Oliver Stone. From "JFK" to "MJJ"?
Michael Jeffrey Jordan vaulted over the man who plagued his Bulls life, Jerry Krause, to win the draft lottery. Hmmm. Jordan wants to make a comeback, but only if he can improve his supporting cast in Washington with at least one premier free agent (Chris Webber? Dikembe Mutombo?) and a draftee who can contribute immediately (Shane Battier?). Aha. After losing millions worth of credibility with its XFL fumble, NBC desperately needs a ratings blockbuster (MJ Returns?).
Two plus two equals four for the Bulls? Krause looked as if he had gotten hold of some bad burritos when it was announced the Bulls, with the worst record, had fallen as far as lottery rules allow, to No. 4.
But midway through last season Diop developed a stress fracture in his foot. A small pin was inserted to keep the injury from plaguing him the rest of his career. Obviously Diop will have to prove during NBA auditions that the foot has healed. But the good news for the Bulls is that in Diop's absence Curry's stock rose.
Picking second, the intriguing Clippers face an intriguing choice between Curry and 7-1 L.A. prep star Tyson Chandler. The Clippers' Chicago-area connection of Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson and their buddy Darius Miles will lobby for Curry, whom DePaul coach Pat Kennedy once compared to "a young Shawn Kemp." But I saw Kemp when he was in junior college and Kemp was a much more explosive athlete than Curry, who's a shade under 6-10.
I've called for Krause's job. Now I'm calling for "Jop," who could remedy Krause's heartburn and ours.
Just to be clear, I am pretty sure Skip was talking about the same DeSagana Diop who never averaged more than 3 ppg in a single NBA season. Yes, that one.
I LMAOed after reading curry being compared to Shawn kemp; I also chuckled when they said chandler had the skillset of a small forward. Funny how a lot of the skills they had in high school didn't translate at all. I cant believe Diop was this hyped
Haha he said Tyson Chandler's natural position was small forward!
Skip liked him because no one else did.
Tyson Chandler has a nice skillset for his size but I would never see him as an SF.
"Curry will wind up being your basic weight-fighting NBA journeyman. The slender Chandler is a much more skilled offensive player whose natural position is small forward-"
Did he just say that Tyson Chandler is a much more offensively skilled player than Eddy Curry? No disrespect to the regaining DPOY, but Eddy Curry once apron a time was a menace in the post. Tyson Chandler is an amazing defender, but his offensive skills have never really stood out.
And it's also freaky how on the dot he was about Curry being a weight-fighting NBA journeyman.
Diop has been one of the worst players in the NBA for like 10 straight seasons
Seriously, Diop has good free-throw shooting?? That airball free-throw he shot last year will always be remembered as one of the worst free-throw attempts in NBA history
Skip is kind of pointless. He says half of what he says just to get a rise out of folks so there can be an entertaining argument on air. The Curry thing is pretty funny. Also, I remember Chandler as a recruit and he did move the floor so well people thought he could defend on the perimeter. Also Chandler has a lot of skills that he no longer uses because he and his coaches do not believe they help his team win games. They want him to focus on the stuff that he is amazing at. But he can pull up and shoot a 20 foot jumper. He can do a post move and set up a 10 foot hook shot. As you might expect, those shots aren't very effective. But there are NBA players who use similar skills to similar poor effect every game. Beasley's mid-range game probably isn't that much better than Chandlers. Beasley is shooting 39% as basically an undersized PF who has decided to play like a SG who can't get to the rim. If Chandler were told to play like that, he could do a better approximation of it than you might guess. And he could certainly do it even better back in high school when he was skinnier, and a little faster and more athletic. Would it help his team win? No. Would it be kind of ugly? Yes. Are there lots of NBA players playing bad ugly basketball? Yes. Blatche tried to play like a SF in Washington as well. Jeff Green plays a largely perimeter game up in Boston. It doesn't work, but these guys get paid anyway.
Chandler has just developed an incredibly efficient way of playing basketball where he does simple stuff on offense really really effectively. And since his TS% is the highest in the league now for three seasons in a row, we have to recognize that while this is "simple stuff" it is really kind of amazing what he is doing.
Jeff Green has been playing really well, usually is only getting 20 minutes being Paul Pierce back up. He is a good perimeter defender, very good spot up shooter, plays within the system and has gotten a nasty dunk in 3 or 4 games straight now.
Ironic how Curry's career went downward as Chandler's hit an upward curve which culminated in him winning a title, getting a huge contract with the Knicks and being voted DPOY last season.
When meat buffing goes terribly, terribly wrong
Check out Diop's scouting report. The man was unreal (as a prospect).
A rating of 103?? Wow