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Old 08-23-2012, 01:02 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ClutchCity View Post
Van Gundy is on crack for this

He also said Heat would win 70+ games easily in the big 3's first season together
This thread is from 2008 originally; Van Gundy was talking about our team with Bosh. Not our current team!

Originally Posted by rapsmannn View Post

i think kyle lowry is the version of t.j ford where missing

this team coming up is very similar to the 06 team

but with more upside on the current team
I agree that when he was healthy and not playing selfishly, Ford was great for us. That was a stretch about a year. I think he mainly started playing selfishly because of the injuries, too, as if to prove that he still 'had it' after getting hurt.

The thing about the Lowry to Ford comparison is that Lowry is much better built to play in the NBA long-term. Ford is 5'11, 165 lbs. Lowry is 6', 205 lbs. The guy is built like a tank, which you pretty much have to be to be a successful short PG. It also helps durability tremendously; you're not outweighed by your opponents by 50 lbs every night.

As for the comparison to the 2006 year; unfortunately, we're only as good as Bargnani makes us this year (a scary thought). In '06, our ceiling was what Bosh could do for us. This year, Bargs will need to be a 20+ppg player with stellar D or we will just suck. He better be healthy and not get any more injuries! I am excited though; Lowry gives us a slashing-scoring 2-way PG that we've been lacking for a LONG time. He played some GREAT stretches for the Rockets last year.

Calderon can go back to being a devastating PG off the bench, giving us, yet again, a "bench mob" that should be all about alley-oops and easy buckets.

The other nice thing; Lowry has only averaged 27 minutes per game in his career (33mpg over the last 2 seasons). This is a guy that has not been overplayed and should have lots of life left in his legs.

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