but yes i agree with your last statement fully.
The funny part is Boris said he was just about to lose some weight but now he is going to have to gain some. Like that was ever going to happen. I don't think it will be hard for Diaw to put on a few pounds.
Jesus I miss the happy upbeat Chef. Diaw doesn't look fat at all right now. He is probably the most in shape player we have on the roster right now as he has been playing constantly since last season. He looks good, he's healthy and he is hands down the best option at center right now.
I find Diaw interesting as all get out. I dont understand the hate he gets, but I guess it goes back to the ridiculous hate Emeka used to get because he didn't try to rip the rim off and snarl at the cameras for 4 minutes afterwards. I hate that fans consider emotional balance a character flaw but whatever. Diaw can play any position on the court, I don't understand the rush to be rid of the guy. I understand that in a perfect world, he wouldn't even be your back up Center... but this isn't a perfect world for the small market peasants of the NBA.
It's a very cramped season with a lot of back to back games and a roster full of dudes that are under 24. It makes more sense to me in gameplan terms to stick with a mobile Diaw at Center and deal with the obvious problems that will entail (height disadvantage). But with this roster, and this season... we might as well stick the youth out there and run all these "experienced" teams to death.
Also, want to add. I think however the court ruling goes later this week or whenever it is... We have to bring Bismack over here. I admittedly am making judgement calls from what limited access I have to him (youtube, bobcats.com, jimmer allstars) But I have seen measured, substantial improvement from him already.
I remember watching this and other videos like this right after the draft and getting excited just based on what could be...
Now looking at some of his videos on bobcats.com
to me... ( and I absolutely realize these are practice videos against no defenders in a friendly practice environment) the difference is massive. Thats barely 6 months apart and the guy looks like a total different player. His shot is more consistent, way more body in it and less arms. His orientation with the back to the basket is improved 100%. I am not saying that he is Dwight Howard good, I am simply pointing out the drastic improvement I've seen in a relatively short period of time. If it's true that he really is 18 years old... then son of a bitch watch out, because he is obviously soaking up every ounce of stateside advice he seems to be getting. I was excited at the raw ability I saw around draft time... now I can hardly estimate his career arc.
Diaw should start, Diop should get minutes in relief and slowly but surely Bismack should be weened into the Center role.