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Dr. J. Naismith 01-30-2008 11:41 AM

Is Kapono still worth it?
 
Read Doug's blog this morning and he had a little jab at Sam and Kapono. Made me come back to the question I brought up prior to this season and that being did we overpay to acquire Kapono's services? One-dimensional at best in my opinion. :(

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doug Smith's blog
So, I asked Sam after shootaround when, and why, he decides to play zone defence every now and then.

His answer:

"It’s just a game-by-game decision, who’s on the floor and how we’re doing. If I look out there and see matchups I’m not crazy about, I may play some zone.”

My thought:

Oh, you mean when Jason Kapono’s out there.

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Acie 01-30-2008 11:46 AM

Kapono reminds me of Bonner. I think what he lacks in athleticism he makes up in smarts and hustle. I just wish he'd get more touches/open looks...

Belsius 01-30-2008 11:50 AM

I like kapono, I dont think he is that one dimensional, he is not bad penetrating, I dont know he needs more minutes, but with Delfino, parker and Moon there, its difficult

INSIDER 01-30-2008 11:54 AM

is he worth it?
was he a good off season pick-up?

i gave this some serious thought about a week ago.
i remember people asked this at the start of the season and i was all for it... i loved what he brought to the team and loved his game. i thought it was a fabulous pick up and we wouldnt need MOPete.
while we still dont miss Mo at all, IMO. i really think Kapono has ZERO worth on this squad now.
sure he can hit a jumper better then most, but he never plays! he gets 5 minutes a game...
if anyone needs to get traded, its him.
his role is obsolete on this team...
Parker and Delfino do what he does, but do it better.
Moon actually can play D.

Kapono is a great shooter, but is burried on the depth chart.
unfortunately, i dont see him playing more than 10 minutes a game for the rest of the season.
we can get some value for him, but we've gotta strike while the iron's hot and trade him now.
he is not worth the price we paid for him, cause he just doesnt see enough play time.

fancylad 01-30-2008 11:55 AM

I just don't know why we don't run specific plays for Kapono.

Delfino and Bargnani will just hoist up all of these random long distance shots. If Kapono were to attempt more i think they'd actually go in.

Acie 01-30-2008 11:58 AM

That's one thing I like about Delfino handling the rock. He actually looks to get Kapono shots.

Belsius 01-30-2008 12:04 PM

he is the best shooter I have ever seen, he has the best career record in NBA history for 3 pointers, why doesnt he shoot more? And I dont see teams putting so much defensive pressure on him.

Benzo 01-30-2008 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 7389)
is he worth it?
was he a good off season pick-up?

i gave this some serious thought about a week ago.
i remember people asked this at the start of the season and i was all for it... i loved what he brought to the team and loved his game. i thought it was a fabulous pick up and we wouldnt need MOPete.
while we still dont miss Mo at all, IMO. i really think Kapono has ZERO worth on this squad now.
sure he can hit a jumper better then most, but he never plays! he gets 5 minutes a game...
if anyone needs to get traded, its him.
his role is obsolete on this team...
Parker and Delfino do what he does, but do it better.
Moon actually can play D.

Kapono is a great shooter, but is burried on the depth chart.
unfortunately, i dont see him playing more than 10 minutes a game for the rest of the season.
we can get some value for him, but we've gotta strike while the iron's hot and trade him now.
he is not worth the price we paid for him, cause he just doesnt see enough play time.

Insider explainning the Kapono situation.


rapsfan087 01-30-2008 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 7390)
I just don't know why we don't run specific plays for Kapono.

Agree.

LX 01-30-2008 03:37 PM

Kapono has never been a volume guy, or even close. Maybe that's just who he is. I think he doesn't want to be a one-dimensional player at all. I like how he has been talking with Bargnani a lot the last few weeks. And I would think that they could both find some real success together further down the road.

He's definitely worth it. Remember that Brent Barry didn't gel right away with the Spurs, and the same questions were asked.

INSIDER 01-30-2008 04:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benzo (Post 7402)
Insider explainning the Kapono situation.

i personally believe that Kapono can help us the Raptors of Toronto..
but we dont have play time available..
just like other teams, such as the Houston, and the Utah.. and everywhere such as... and like, they dont have Play time.
so while he can help them, such as...
i believe that our play time available over here, should help the Toronto, and should help the Houston, and the Utah, and the CBA.... so we can help our future.

BballWatcher 01-30-2008 04:36 PM

Was he ever worth his salary? I think history will show we always overpaid for him; the question is will he start becoming useful again, or is he going to ride the pine more like what's happened lately?

He went on a stretch where he was getting about 10 points per game but recently it's a lot less...

fancylad 01-30-2008 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 7455)
i personally believe that Kapono can help us the Raptors of Toronto..
but we dont have play time available..
just like other teams, such as the Houston, and the Utah.. and everywhere such as... and like, they dont have Play time.
so while he can help them, such as...
i believe that our play time available over here, should help the Toronto, and should help the Houston, and the Utah, and the CBA.... so we can help our future.


lol
That's the truth! Preach on, Brother!

Ball Don't Lie 01-30-2008 05:37 PM

We have playing time for him, he should be getting all the shots Delfino keeps taking.

The problem with Kapono is he doesnt really know where his shots are coming from especially when he doesnt play with TJ or Jose. Hes got no chance to get a shot off with Dixon in the lineup. With our offence being so predictable especially when Jose isnt aggressive, of course Kapono isnt gonna get his offence off.

You'll see his true value once TJ comes back.

This thread will turn out the same as the start delfino over moon thread a while back. We need Kapono like SA needs Barry right now.

Ball Don't Lie 01-30-2008 10:44 PM

You run a couple plays for him, he hits half his shats, we get some points off the bench. Simple ideology.

Kuzzy 01-30-2008 10:52 PM

Kapono fits in perfectly
but yeah athleticsm sucks.

Benzo 01-30-2008 11:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 7455)
i personally believe that Kapono can help us the Raptors of Toronto..
but we dont have play time available..
just like other teams, such as the Houston, and the Utah.. and everywhere such as... and like, they dont have Play time.
so while he can help them, such as...
i believe that our play time available over here, should help the Toronto, and should help the Houston, and the Utah, and the CBA.... so we can help our future.

:hailtheking:
Well played.

Acie 01-30-2008 11:47 PM

lol

If you've ever seen Kapono do an interview he kind of talks like that too.

Sick, Wicked and Nasty! 01-31-2008 09:40 AM

I think he'll be a valuable piece especially in the playoffs when other guys will struggle making shots. He's not ever going to be a 20ppg guy because no one would leave him open that many times in a game night in and out... he will be a momentum changer type guy. Get a key three to start a run or stop the opposition's run. He is better on defense than i figured(i figured no defense) and he's a smart player. Lose the beard and I still think it was a good signing.

moremilk 01-31-2008 01:20 PM

kapono and rasho will prove their worth in the playoffs imo


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