Bob Hill is wasting no time. Apparently, Hill recovered from his hernia operation by visiting workopolis.com, polishing his resume, and learning euphamisms for "led team to 31-51 record."
That's right. The man responsible for this past season's craptacular performance has contacted the Orlando Magic about their opening, less than 24 hours after Brian Hill got the axe.
Apparently, Hill is "close" to Rashard Lewis, and is intimating to the Magic that he can help deliver the potential free agent to their doorstep. If by "close," Hill means "I coached him last year," then I'd agree 100%. But if I'm the Magic, I'm thinking to myself: At the Off-Season Sushi Buffet, is the Bob Hill-Rashard Lewis Platter what I want to be ordering?
beats the hell out of a wally walker paul westphal all you can eat lunch buffet...
If we can get something good out of lewis, then I say dump him. I think he's more likely to resign with the magic then us, because they're closer to winning and he would be a great addition for them.
Also, nuss said before "Look at it this way: Would you trade Rashard, Earl, and 2 2nd rounders to Utah for Deron Williams? No way.."
I disagree with every basketball bone in my body. I'd do this trade in a heart beat. For me it's a no brainer.
This move smacks of amateurism by Hill. I hope we don't fall for his BS and hope he brings Lewis with him.
I don't see how it's a no-brainer (re the Lewis/Williams trade). This past year, Williams' Roland Rating was +1, while Lewis' was +6 ... and Lewis did that despite playing on a team that won 31 games, while Williams' is in the Conference Finals.
You can make the argument that the Jazz are in the Finals because of Williams, and that gives a edge to him over Rashard, but Lewis has been doing this for a long time.
In case everyone forgets, Rashard Lewis this past season averaged 20 points a game, shot 40% from 3-point land, shot 80+% at the line, and this was the first season in his career where he missed significant time due to injury. He's no bum; he's a proven commodity in this league. And it wasn't a career year/push for salary year, either, this is who Rashard Lewis is. Whatever teams pays him the big $$ for the next 5 years is going to get 20 ppg, 6 boards, 40% from 3, 80% from the line, and 46% from the field. Not bad.
It was a contract year for him, plain and simple. Ole Softie knew he was gonna opt out, which means putting on a show for the buyers.
That's bull. Here are the numbers for Lewis' last 3 seasons:
46.1, 46.2, and 46.7%
40, 38.4, and 39%
22.4, 20.1, and 20.5
5.5, 5.0, 6.6 (note that he's gotten at least 6.5 in four other seasons)
The only reason Rashard averaged more ppg this year is because he was forced to average 39 minutes a game because Bob Hill was clinging to his job. Anybody that says Lewis was going for the money this year is just basing their opinion on what people who don't follow the Sonics closely think. Rashard might be a lot of things - a mediocre defender, not very intense - but he's definitely consistent. If I could lay odds on his stats for next year, I'd bet $1,000 he gets 20 ppg with 6 boards and 2 or 3 assists.
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