“I know the pieces fit cuz I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesnt mean I dont desire to
Point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over.
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication.” – Tool, “Schism”
Don’t believe everything you read or hear about Al Harrington, Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley. It is my contention that this team would, and still will win just as many games with this group when Jared Jefferies returns. Thus compared to Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph, the team has not gotten worse. That notion is laughable at best.
Will they struggle to find chemstry? Probably, all teams do when they are infused with new players and personalities. But what you can’t question, at least from Mobley and Harrington, is that they are good solid productive players. Harrington has always been, to me, the perfect D’Antoni forward and I’ve heard criticism that he didn’t play well in Don Nelson’s small ball system. Not sure how many players could succeed as a big forward with Stephen Jackson, Jason Richardson and Baron Davis chucking up shots, but to compare Nelson’s style to D’Antoni’s is simply inaccurate.
D’Antoni loves his guards, but he also relies on big players to make shots off penetration and screens early in the shot clock. Nelson spreads the floor and allows for his one-on-one players to do their collective thing. Harrington was rarely used as a pick-and-pop option. I REALLY look forward to seeing him screen Nate or Duhon and finding and open spot. He can consistently make the shots David Lee has been missing. Harrington can also post as well and should draw some double teams.
Pay attention people.
As far as Mobley is concerned, if you think for a second that the defensive efforts of a Duhon/ Mobley backcourt isn’t a 1000x better upgrade than Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford, you need your head examined. Mobley can also get to the basket and create, as well as knock down 3s.
Thomas, again we reserve judgment, but we think he can be productive.
This team is no worse for wear than it was before Friday, and from a fan’s standpoint you woke up Friday morning with a slim chance of adding one of the game’s best. Now, it’s realistic to get antsy.