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Another thing, I think these kids need to have their mind set on at least being a lottery pick before they go out unless they're a kid like Lamb who probably will never work himself in the lottery. Hopefully Teague will take that into account. I though Orton and Bledsoe should have stayed to try and play themselves in the lottery as well.
I think Cal might have been pushing Orton out the door.
Agreed that Teague on this trajectory should find himself in the teens for the lottery because of the week PG class. Agreed also on Orton probably being encouraged to head out. Looking back, Orton was basically the opposite of Davis on the court. He did not have a good handle, left his feet too early on block attempts, and goaltended like it was going out of style. I still hope he can work it out in the pro's, but I'm skeptical.
I won't linger on it, but to touch on the last comment about Cal and the pros... a franchise like Washington is one that would be willing to give Cal some personnel control. Do you see Riley or Buss giving personnel control at the Heat or Lakers? Not a chance. I know Cal has a lot of salesmanship in him, and you can tell most of the time. I've seen enough of him speak to believe that he truly loves Wall, Boogie, Gilchrist, and Davis, and I think the opportunity to coach at least 2 of those 4 would be intriguing. Washington is not a small market by any means. You can turn it around quick with the right players and coach. It would not be a bad place to land. Now, New Orleans, Sacramento, or Indiana? You're right, he would not and should not go somewhere like that while his stock is high.
Land The Plane
Why? So we would have no depth down low?
Washington has been bad forever. What makes you think it can be turned around so quickly. Of course he loves his players and of course it would intrigue him to coach those guys but I don't think it would be enough for him to actually pull the trigger at this point in his career at UK. Washington is not a market that attracts big time free agents regardless of whether Cal has personnel control or not.
Cal doesn't really care about depth. He cares about the top 6-7 guys and wants them to see that they'll get all the playing time they want. Plus Orton, if I recall correctly, had a reputation of being a PITA.
Look at the Clippers, Timberwolves, and Lebron era Cavaliers. All are historically horrible franchises. The Clippers and T'Wolves now not only sell out at home but also on the road. Why? They have players that people want to see. If Washington had Wall and Davis, you have a fun team to watch. Teams can often be successful in spite of their ownership. Washington has nowhere to go but up after recovering from the Jordan management era, and so will the Bobcats once they can get Jordan out of the decision making process. My original point was that I think Cal would love to coach a Wall/Davis team. It could be in Europe or China... the point is the players, not the team. With the new CBA for the NBA, we will see it become more like the NFL where parity allows every decent franchise with a chance to succeed. This will become more apparent as old CBA contracts start expiring and they have to re-up under new terms.
Calipari and Orton (and his father) definitely had some issues. Wouldn't surprise me.
But I also think that was the right move for Orton to make. No one really knew had bad his wheel was. Not sure his stock would have ever been higher.
Of course he'd love to coach a team with Davis and Wall, we agree on that no doubt. The point I'm making is that a lot more factors would come into play if Cal was ever going to seriously consider leaving UK at this point in his career for Washington.
I agree. He had to get the payday while he could.
THE MAN HAS A FAMILY WITH MONEY. HE HAS TO THINK ABOUT LIFE AFTER BBALL.
HE KNOWS THAT HE HAS GROWN UP ALOT AND HE ALSO KNOWS HE WILL BE A MUCH BETTER PLAYER WITH ANOTHER YR OF UK.
HE WILL STAY SO WILL MKG.
MKG MUST GET A MID RANGE JUMP SHOT TO MAKE THE NBA AS A STARTER
Well that settles it.
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