Smith: Solomon No. 2, Not Roko
Old 09-30-2008, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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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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Old 09-30-2008, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.

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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.?
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I think it's more because they're grooming Roko to be the 2-guard next year.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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but he has 7 years of national team experience and still didn't learn how to shoot?
He's 24 you know
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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.
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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
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Sometimes he'll get to play over Adams if Adams is against a taller 2 gaurd
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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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