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Dr. J. Naismith 09-30-2008 01:00 PM

Smith: Solomon No. 2, Not Roko
 
Hmmm .... interesting. And here some of us thought Roko was a shoe-in to back up Jose and not Will. Maybe Roko still needs a little more time to adjust to North America and Canada as well the NBA game. :confused2:

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Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Iíve got Solomon as the big surprise of camp. Listening to players and coaches talk, Iím getting the sense he goes into camp as the favourite to cop that No. 2 point guard spot and itíll take a big effort from Roko Ukic to beat him out. Itís not cast in stone, thatís for sure, but thereís a healthy competition going on there.

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Claudius 09-30-2008 01:20 PM

I think alot of this stems from the fact that not alot of people know much about Roko anyways and Solomon has some NBA experience.

Hell, I remember when Milt Palacio was considered our back up ahead of Jose Calderon. Opinions change and training camp just began.

Acie 09-30-2008 01:34 PM

Except Milt was gone by the time Jose got here. ;)

Solomon, I'm sure is in every way conceivable is more ready to compete at the NBA level than Roko. It's just common sense, so in essence Doug is just pointing out the obvious.

Snooch 09-30-2008 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 58102)
Except Milt was gone by the time Jose got here. ;)

Solomon, I'm sure is in every way conceivable more ready to compete at the NBA level than Roko. It's just common sense, so in essence Doug is just pointing out the obvious.


Is that not Dougies MO.?

MangoKidHoops 09-30-2008 01:47 PM

I think it's more because they're grooming Roko to be the 2-guard next year.

Snooch 09-30-2008 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 58104)
I think it's more because they're grooming Roko to be the 2-guard next year.

With ALOT of work I could see Roko becoming a Manu type of player.
Needs to get stronger and learn to shoot.(which isnt as bad as people think)

MangoKidHoops 09-30-2008 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by SnoochieBoochie (Post 58108)
With ALOT of work I could see Roko becoming a Manu type of player.
Needs to get stronger and learn to shoot.(which isnt as bad as people think)

That's the type of player that most experts claimed he could become back when he was drafted. You're right though, he needs to put on some weight and the shooting will come in time/hard work, but he'll be quicker than Manu and have better handles.

Peter 09-30-2008 03:20 PM

I do see Roko as the eventual backup for the Raps. With some work he could provide alot of the aspects the Calderon is lacking. He's got the size which could turn him into a better defender and rebounder. He has the ability to create his own shot (even if he misses alot). And from the small amount I've seen he can drive and dish well. With that in mind we have to realize he was most recently playing in Europe with unremarkable stats and was drafted as the 11th player in the second round.

Snooch 09-30-2008 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by LyRrAd_Nation (Post 58111)
That's the type of player that most experts claimed he could become back when he was drafted. You're right though, he needs to put on some weight and the shooting will come in time/hard work, but he'll be quicker than Manu and have better handles.

that boy handles the ball like its on a string.

MikeToronto 09-30-2008 03:26 PM

Yeah, I don't see ball-handling as an issue with Roko. ;)

He could see some minutes as a backup 2, especially in certain matchups.

Shifty.py 09-30-2008 05:01 PM

but he has 7 years of national team experience and still didn't learn how to shoot?
He's 24 you know

Snooch 09-30-2008 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Shifty.py (Post 58171)
but he has 7 years of national team experience and still didn't learn how to shoot?
He's 24 you know

But he has decent mechanics.

Peter 09-30-2008 05:31 PM

He could see some minutes as a backup 2, especially in certain matchups.[/quote]

I could see that too, because of our weakness at that position

Gurk 09-30-2008 05:40 PM

Sometimes he'll get to play over Adams if Adams is against a taller 2 gaurd

The MVP of West Hollywood 09-30-2008 08:08 PM

Also, considering how awesome of a shooter Calderon is, when the two are on the floor together he could be the one handling the ball and Jose as the makeshift SG, maybe.


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