Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by armygirl, Apr 15, 2011.
Is this guy/kid/old man at least capable of making Rodmanesque broken neck half courters?
Yes he does. I know I have said this before on here, but I remember seeing him drain I think it was 3 in a row while sitting on the bench during the pregame. Even now 6 years later it completely amazes me.
He takes the Bron choking to another level. James can hit any three in the conference finals, but not in the finals. Ben is a veritable Ray Allen during warm ups but can't hit a shot during game time.
Honestly, that has EVERYTHING to do with being nervous/lack of confidence. If you watch Ben's body language when he has the ball in games, he is not confident or comfortable. That's why you see the airballs. Same thing with James. Pressure affects everyone, some more than others. When Rose stepped up to shoot those freethrows you could tell he was going to miss just by his body language. He was scared/nervous, whatever. Mental toughness is something players need to work on and some will be better or worse than others.
What made MJ so good was that he believed he was the greatest player. He KNEW it. And he played accordingly. Same with Isiah.
Well, in that case, we KNOW at least one of them was mistaken.
Now here's a wingspan...7' 9" with a height of 6' 8"...he's only 16 years old...
A couple of observations from watching this video.
1. He seemed to hesitate when he stated his age.
2. Looks like he made a trip to Best Buy with some of his pending cheddar judging by the stack of empty electronic gadget boxes and owners manuals on that table behind him.
I don't understand why people are making a big deal about his age.
The kid looks his age.
Whenever there is a foreign player, especially from somewhere outside the "known western universe", the stated age is always questioned. It may come as a surprise, but other countries also have discovered the concept of birth registration.
Greg Oden looked like a 50 year old when he entered the draft. Everybody joked about it but nobody truly questioned his age.
The kid says he's 18 years old. He looks like an 18 year old. He's energetic and atletic like an 18 year old. Yet, because he's from the Congo, people speculate that he might be pushing 30.
I'm guessing it's because he can't prove his age and because of another well known Congolese player with the same age issues during his career.
The difference in age could be the difference in millions of dollars. In the United States, proof of birth seems a bit more obvious with a birth certificate. Remember when the Chinese gymnast lied about their ages in the Olympic Games?
China stripped of medal; gymnast found to be underage – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs
Little League cases are famous, of course. There was the 14-year-old Dominican:
CNNSI.com - More Sports - Little Leaguer Almonte is 14 - Saturday September 01, 2001 10:16 AM
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While living in Switzerland I knew Africans that falsified their ages. I don't remember what the benefit to them was but it doesn't seem crazy to me that this guy could be doing it too. That doesn't mean we shouldn't give him the benefit of the doubt, though.
well, it depends. If you're under 21, you get treated differently when facing trials. And it's easier to seek asylum.
i take him at his word on age until its proven otherwise.
fairly or unfairly, i think it was the never ending quandry over mutombo's real age that sparks this line of questioning.
Wouldn't we rather have him turn out to be 25 anyway? That would still give him 5 years of athletic peak and it would probably mean that he's more mature (in ways that aren't readily apparent).
We had an 17/18 year old with all the potential in the World and it was too early to tell where he was mentally.
BB to visit the D next Tuesday:
Big man Bismack Biyombo to work out for Pistons | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
I agree that guys from across the big pond should definitely workout against or with the collegiate (USA) guys for the best comparison. I don't think Dorko did and we like others got caught up in the hype and ultimately Joe and the whole piston.org got punked for it and never recovered the rest of the decade...
I think things like being able to score when you are the only one in the gymnasium are overrated. Next they'll be expecting him to come down with the ball after he shoots it. I'm glad the Pistons are thinking outside the box.
Thanks Ernie I am sold now. Biyombe it is.
Who played successfully well into his consensus 40s.
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