John Hollinger has named his All-Disappointment Team and his poster boy is Brook Lopez. Worse than that, Hollinger believes Lopez is no longer much of a magnet for Carmelo Anthony. "He's talented and he's only 22, so there's still hope that he can emerge into more of a force," writes Hollinger, once a big fan. "Alas, it increasingly looks like New Jerseys' big man will merely be a serviceable starter rather than a perennial star."
just one more piece of evidence that john hollinger is pretty-much a total idiot when it comes to basketball. as usual.
i swear- every season he finds at least a couple of issues to be totally, glaringly, and embarrassingly wrong about, yet legions of anxious and gullible NBA fans still take him seriously year after year "because he's the NBA formula master, man."
so pardon me while i go dig a 12-foot hole and jump into it head-first, hoping to never have to hear a second-hand word from hollinger again. (suffocating would be the least of my worries)
- lopez already proved how good he is from his first two seasons. so unless he's suffered a critical and unannounced injury, or his brain suddenly shrank, then there's not a reason on earth why anyone should consider him a worse player than he was.
- he's playing under a new coach, in a new offense, and is clearly attempting to play a more perimeter-oriented role. and while that personally displeases me, that doesn't mean in the slightest that lopez is any worse than he was last year. in fact, if anything, it shows that he is trying to grow and to struggle through the process. i mean, if he was actually getting worse, then he would be doing the same thing he was doing last year, and doing it worse. which he's not.
- the nets have nothing to lose by using lopez in this new way, this season. i.e., the nets were not going anywhere this year, anyway, and any struggles lopez is going through now will only make him that much better later on, and will only give the nets that much better of a draft, next season. (at least- that's my personal thinking on the matter)
- he's a third-year center who has legit center size, weight, and skills. these guys are already very rare, and even the most casual NBA fan will tell you that they take the longest to develop out of all five positions. yet john hollinger suddenly has a burr up his arse because brook lopez didn't make a nice, smooth statistical trend upward for hollinger to rely on.
so give me a friggen' break.
and if i ever needed a final piece of information to conclude that hollinger's job is to sell precious ESPN subscriptions and nothing but, then this was it.
john hollinger never played basketball at any serious level and never had a basketball player's understanding of the game. or even a basic strategist's understanding of it, for that matter.
instead, he's shown that a statistician / sabremetrics-type guy can enthrall a bunch of people and make himself rich through a series of questionable analyses and impressive numbers... which can indeed cause folks (such as myself) to stroke their chins in fascination. for awhile.
regardless, is there any reason on earth anymore not to ignore ESPN? i mean, from the brain-dead and meaningless 'highlights,' to the unashamed ass-kissing of sports prima donnas, to the boys' club sexual harassment suits, to the keeping of sports 'experts' who know nothing about actual sports, to the transparent pleading for money via their "exclusive articles"...
i mean, i can get all of the same information elsewhere, and without that level of annoyance and headaches.
so that is all. so carry on, and best wishes to you as an independent thinker and free individual who doesn't need any particular place to tell you what your opinion is. :P