Enough about who will be back. Let’s talk about about change.
Dealing with the Hornets
A few league sources whom I respect have said that the Hornets may try to take advantage of Detroit’s possible housecleaning this off-season, with their eyes focused on Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince (or both). West could be part of one of those deals, but it’s all speculation at this point. Still, you can’t help but wonder if it’s time to start over in New Orleans. That’s pretty sad when you think about how close the Hornets were to contending last year.
David West is one of my favorite players in the league, and I think he’d be a great fit in Detroit. Tyson Chandler also makes sense given his size and New Orleans’s desire to trade him before the trade deadline.
Do you really want Boozer?
On paper, Carlos Boozer seems like a desirable candidate to be a Piston next year. He averaged 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Jazz this year.
But this column from Doug Robinson of the Desert News bring up several cons with Boozer. An excerpt:
Would it kill him to act as if he were having some fun out there? Have you ever seen a more joyless, detached player? Look, he’s not laying bricks out there or digging ditches or pouring concrete or preparing taxes. He’s playing basketball. Maybe he could get really crazy and even smile once out there, other than when he wants to show up a referee after a bad call.
Passion for the game translates into consistent hard play and better defense, which leads to . . .
A little more defense would be helpful. Sure, Boozer has averaged 19 points since he joined the Jazz, but he’s probably given up 25 at the other end of the court with his matador defense. Half of playing defense is about effort and passion for the game. Sometimes you wonder if his heart is in it (reread Item 1).
Sheed be gone
Dave Dial of Full Court Press gives a nice breakdown of the rumor that Rasheed Wallace asked for a buyout so he could join the Cavaliers.
He’s probably gone either way, but Chris McCosky of the Detroit News says Wallace never asked for a buyout. But McCosky has an idea where the rumor came from.
That said, one of Wallace’s running bits in the locker room was to wish out loud for a buyout. It started when the Pistons signed Chris Webber a couple years ago after he’d been bought out by Philadelphia.
Wallace would always say, "Damn, I wish somebody would buy me out."
It was a joke. He was envious of Webber getting all his money from the 76ers and another check from the Pistons on top of it.