Posts Tagged ‘Kiki Vandeweghe’

Long road back to the big league

September 19, 2008

Julius Hodge already knows, all too well, what can happen when a cruel twist of fate crosses your path, unexpectedly, as it does at the 00:25 mark of this vid-clip …

[from The Natural One]

Sometimes, ‘feel good’ stories don’t just happen in the movies … but in Real Life, as well.

If Mr. Hodge is good enough to latch onto a roster spot in New Jersey:

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Julius Hodge back in basketball, trying to land spot with Nets
“I think he’s made tremendous improvements. He’s improved athletically. He’s definitely in good shape,” [Kiki] Vandeweghe said. “His shot, his ball-handling skills, he’s really put a lot of work in this summer. He knows it’s a tough road, but he’s put everything into this and earned a spot in training camp.”

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as a training camp invitee, for the man who originally drafted him with the Nuggets … he might just be precisely what the Little General needs, from a 3rd-string PG, who can defend multiple positions [at 6-7, 210] … as a complimentary piece to the puzzle being re-assembled for the Nets, bit-by-bit.

As was first stated in this space a while back … those who expect New Jersey to slide precipitously this season – to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings – are not paying close enough attention to the machinations of Misters Vandeweghe & Thorn, two of the smartest executives in the NBA, who have teamed up in the swamp.

May the ending to your story be just as sweet as this one is …

Mister Roy Hobbs Hodge.

Real Life is Natural-ly filled with twists & turns … and New Beginnings.

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Good fit for the Nets

September 4, 2008

Given the strengths and weaknesses of his current Player Roster, the Little General is once again proving to astute NBA observers that he is a solid NBA coach … 

Dribble Drive Motion Offense in the Swamp

who knows exactly what he’s doing, when it comes to making sound adjustments with his team that maximize his players’ skills & abilities.

Focusing the Nets’ offensive system on the penetrating abilities of Devin Harris, Wince Carter, Keyon Dooling and CDR, without a dominant LOW POST-scorer anywhere in sight, and with a plethora of mobile, athletic youngish Bigs, who have an array of offensive (and defensive) talents … is a sound coaching move by Lawrence Frank.

Looking at the Nets’ 2008-2009 roster … there are any number of intriguing options/combinations when you take a young Big Man, like Brook Lopez (Boone-J & Williams-S), shift him to the WEAK SIDE block, and then surround him with a combination of Guard & Forwards who can either take it to the rack, shoot the ball, or both (Harris-D, Carter-V, Dooling-K, Hassell-T, Najera-E, Simmons-B, CDR, Hayes-J., Swift-S, Anderson-R, and Jianlian-Y).

Unlike other NBA observers …

Summer Forecast: Which way is the East going?
Summer Forecast: Which way is the West going?
NBA off-season rankings – v3.0
NBA power rankings: Celtics no surprise as preseason No. 1

this corner DOES NOT project New Jersey to finish at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings this season.

Rod Thorn, Kiki Vandeweghe and Lawrence Frank … are too good at what they do to let that happen.