Smith: Joey Over Marion
Old 03-12-2009, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Doug just reaffirming my thoughts on how disappointing Marion has been since being added. I'm all on board for having Graham start in place of him from here on out now. Nothing to lose at this point, so why not?

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I can’t remember who and I can’t remember why (creeping senility, I say) but someone last night during the game asked about Marion and Graham and I suggested you could make the case for Joey over Shawn, so I will.

You can say Graham’s at least Marion’s match in athleticism (he’s a far superior physical specimen, the only thing he doesn’t have is that spectacular second jump of Marion’s) and in quickness and explosiveness, the worst it is is a tie.

Marion’s got a better nose for the basketball and an ability to track down rebounds that Graham only wishes he had.

Both are equally adept finishing on the break and if you really think about it, isn’t Graham a better ball handler? Sure, he handles it too long on too many possessions but he’s got a knack for getting by his man on the baseline and creating space in the mid-range area.

Defensively? You’ve got to give the edge to Marion. I’ve seen Graham beaten back door so many times, it’s not even funny. Fixable? Probably.

Shooting? Well, I don’t think there’s a question of who’s got the better mid-range game.

Now, all that said, I’m still not convinced that Joey’s a starter on a good team in the NBA and Shawn’s been, what, a four-time all-star and been through some huge, huge games in which he’s had a major impact.

The point? Not sure there is one except that those two are much closer together in skill level than many would think at first blush.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What better way to ensure Marion won't resign. So if that's the plan, start Joey.
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It's better to make Joey happy since there is no chance that Marion is coming back and there is still some chance that Joey will.
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BC will never let Jay start Joey over Marion. It would make him look bad and shit, he fired Sam for that.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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smith is losing his mind completely ...
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BC will never let Jay start Joey over Marion. It would make him look bad and shit, he fired Sam for that.
HA so true. If Jay ever did this, fans that don't know much will want Jay's head and so will BC
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smith is losing his mind completely ...
Why?

Joey has been not too shabby this year.
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Why?

Joey has been not too shabby this year.
so when joey's best season is inferior to marion's worst, what does that tell you? I mean, stats don't tell the whole story, but you can't completely disregard them either ...
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so when joey's best season is inferior to marion's worst, what does that tell you? I mean, stats don't tell the whole story, but you can't completely disregard them either ...
Have to go with moremilk on this one, Smith is out to lunch.
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