Heard some news that he's really been working on his post moves during this rehab process (AD). Am I the only one that gets super duper excited by that?
Apparently he hasn't been cleared for contact work, but that should come any day now (maybe it already has).
I want him out there Tuesday, but only if he's ready to go.
AD said he was working a lot on post moves and he also said he really gained a lot of perspective watching the game from the bench, which I actually think helps young players. The game is so fast for them, so sometimes just watching the flow and where mistakes are made from afar can really help focus them.
Can't wait to see this front line whole again. For my money, the best front line 1-4 in the league and I think Lance Thomas is better than 90% of 5th bigs as well.
Davis getting 37 min. Anderson 35. Smith gets 20 and maybe you give 4-8 to a big body who can use some fouls- but that trio is fit for where this NBA is heading IMO. So, if I am Dell I am asking the Clippers about Bledsoe, the Celtics about Bradley, and so on and so on, trying to get a young, quick, defensive minded guard to slow the Westbrook's of the world. Lopez is a luxury, one that a team with this many holes can't afford to have, and IMO, one that won't be as useful in the post season as he is in the regular season
Not sure what the hurry is to get rid of Lopez. He's a rugged 7'er whose actually a decent athlete at the position, based on what I've seen so far. Think his rebounding numbers are deceptive in that he usually does a good job of blocking his guy out and making space for others. Not a glass cleaner but, again, solid. I think you need a dirty work guy like him on the team--at the right price.
On Gordon, where to start. The frustration is that since last December his knee injury has been termed minor, yet it's kept him off the floor for the equivalent of almost an entire season. Combine that with his past injury history, his comments during free agency, and lingering resentment over the Chris Paul trade, and you've got a toxic stew. I'd also add that the fact that Gordon is exactly the element this team is missing--a disruptive guard who can get his own shot and beat the trap on the pick and roll--makes it worse. EG is top five at his position when healthy. But that's a big win and will be until he proves he can stay on the court and be an anchor for the team.
Though New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis has been cleared for contact work and practiced Monday at the New Orleans Arena, Hornets Coach Monty Williams is not sure if Davis will make his much anticipated return from a left ankle injury Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.
Regardless if he plays Tuesday, Davis' return likely will come sometime this week with Davis ramping up his conditioning work to prepare, according to Williams.
But Williams said he wasn’t sure Monday if Davis had met the final clearance that involves testing the strength level in his ankle. Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the June NBA draft, missed 11 consecutive games because of a stress reaction in his left ankle.
``I’m not sure if he has to take another test today, tomorrow or has already taken it,’’ Williams said. ``He’s been cleared for contact and is ramping up his conditioning. He practiced a little bit but again (we) have to wait until tonight or tomorrow to see how he feels. He has been working with Coach Carlos (Daniel).''