Re: Chris Johnson and the hockey assist
posted at 1/29/2014 11:06 AM EST
In response to wicksandrowe's comment:
It may be that I grossly overvalue the art of passing the ball in basketball, but seeing Bradley, Bass, Green try to move the ball around the court to me is tantamount to sticking needles in my eyes.
None of them, it seems, knows or sees what should happen one or two passes later. They seem totally oblivious to anything that should happen next. It's as if the pass that they make next has to be the assist pass.
And that brings up the whole 'hockey assist' thing. You can't make one if you can't see a step ahead on the court. So that wipes out Bradley, Bass, and Green, core scorers on this assembly, as ball movers. One, they don't see the next pass, and, two, they can't make the assist pass.
But added to that is the fact that if you're a player that can actually see the next pass to be made, and I mean Pressey, Sullinger, Olynyk, Rondo, would you trust Bradley, Bass, and Green to make it?
No. And that results in a real lot of pounding the ball and waiting for.... the assist pass. Even if you made it a league stat, Rondo still wouldn't give it up to those three. He passes to them, it's for the assist. And J. Crawford was the same way.
You don't see that in Houston, Golden State, Portland where they have players with better rounded skill sets.
And that's a really indirect way of saying that the team needs a few more guys like Chris Johnson.
+ 1 I am buying it - CJ appears to have what is known as a feel for the game! Only time will tell if his skill sets and physical abilities make him a keeper!