Discussion in 'Detroit Pistons General Discussion' started by Smoooth, Jan 20, 2009.
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Hamilton becomes sixth man; lineup change is permanent
WOOHOO, The end of SB
Here are the nuts and bolts and ramifications of the move:
- Amir Johnson, who didn’t play in Monday’s win at Memphis, will be the starter alongside Rasheed Wallace most nights. But against really big teams – Curry cited the Lakers, with 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol – Kwame Brown will be the starter.
- Hamilton will anchor a second unit that will include Antonio McDyess and Jason Maxiell at the power positions with Will Bynum at point guard.
- It’s not an experiment. “This is for the rest of the season,” Curry said.
Sounds good. A difficult decision has finally been made. Hallelujah.
My only question:
Does WB at PG and Rip at SG means that AA = DNP or does he play SF as a member of bench small ball? In other words, is SB dead, or has it just gone to the bench?
Interesting. Maybe a precursor to a trade.
yea no mention of what there going to do about prince's backup.... thats a major issue too...
still would prefer AI getting the backup PG mins and AA getting the scrapes of the guard mins not bynum.
Rip just got demoted by the ascension of Stuckey and the AI trade.
for the rest of the season
If Rip handles this like a big boy, it could make us a lot better.
Until a trade is made will AA go back to playing the closing seconds of quarters?
There just aren't any minutes for him.
I do not believe it 'til I see it. And I did not talk about UFO's
I have every right to remain sceptical: we have heard many promises from MC before the season and those turned to be rather empty.
read this stuff and by all accounts it is still higely likely that we'll see lots of small balling during usually crucial 4th quarter.
They need to figure out this AJ starting thing also. They probably have played their best with him starting, but those games have been against doormats for the most part.
I still prefer Kwame to start, but that would present a different set of problems. I just don't see AJ matching up against the elite teams of the league. His size makes him ideal for a bench player.
I hope Rip knows that he might be the future and be happy with what's going up.
To me, this change is largely irrelevant. I want to see how the execution shapes up in the 4th qtrs...or will we continue to run the SSS (Saunders Standard of Substitution).
Is Rip only going to play a max of 24 mpg?
Curry says Hamilton will come off bench | detnews.com | The Detroit News
Anyone know if Rip has a no-trade in his extension?
I have to believe that he'd be willing to waive it if the right deal came along.
Technically, no-trade clauses do not exist in the NBA. What does exist, are trade kickers (bonuses) that make it difficult to trade a guy, because there is more money involved than the trade value. Someone either overpays to see a guy leave or arrive.
Players can waive these kickers or renegotiate them IIRC.
Stuckey is the future. Rip is done (as a Piston that is, on another team he will still be one of the better SG for 3-4 more years).
If his demotion to the bench is not the nail in coffin, then I do not know what is.
I was listening to 97.1 and they said that Curry said RIP would play 30 minutes a game and he would decide who would play the 4th quarter on the fly (I assume between RIP, AI and Stuck).
I guess this leaves AA with little to know playing time now? Maybe he'll backup Tay.
I like this move as long as RIP buys into it.
Maybe a few random DNP CD's along the way would do it.
if AA backs up Tay it's not really small ball if we still have 2 bigs in the game. to me SB is defined more by Tay at the 4 than Rip/AA at the 3. and AA has shown he can guard 3s pretty well (besides he'll be guarding bench 3s anyway).
i'm glad this is over and done with. we have some stability and can work toward a common goal for the rest of the season. and rip's comments, taking it like a champ...is very encouraging.
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