Thursday, July 09, 2009

Hollywood Ron

I've spent the last week pouring over articles about the flurry of trades and free agent acquisitions at the start of the NBA offseason, and the consensus seems to be that both the Lakers and Rockets lost out by swapping small forwards Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest (through simultaneous free agent signings).

Pundits (and bloggers) argue that Artest is a ball-stopper on offense, that he'll bog down the triangle and take shots away from Kobe and Pau; they argue Trevor Ariza isn't a shot creator, and without Tracy McGrady and Yao healthy, Houston will watch Ariza haphazardly hoist guarded shots, or worse, dribble. I think these pundits are batting .500.

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