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Old 11-14-2008, 04:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Christ Torap - how am i baiting you?

Pop isn't one to emphasize changing the way his team plays due to a hot shooter or something. At the half I can imagine him insisting that his team play their brand of basketball better, not differently.

The good teams are those that stick to their principles and weather the ups and downs in any game, not the ones that sway back and forth depending on what the other team might be doing. Are we that good yet? Maybe not, but I think it's about the right time to carve out their identity and stand by it. It was you that was bitching about their lack of an identity last season no?

That said - I would agree that on a certain level Sam needs to be able to use his roster better. I wouldn't have minded him using Bargnani more last game. But they are eight games in, and there is a completely different dynamic in place with JO here, and he has to have a bit longer to be able to get a feel for that dynamic. IMO anyway - I would guess that in your opinion Sam should not have had two minutes of the pre-season to learn what he has with this team.
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