Re: Barbosa- The Enigma
posted at 2/4/2013 9:38 PM EST
barbosa is no enigma- he's a simple equation- give him the right pace and the right ball touches and he'll score 15 a night in relatively limited minutes and fairly efficiently.
rondo's approach is antithetical to 1) the proper tempo for barbosa to thrive in and 2) rajon simply did not want to relinquish the ball in the half court set to anyone but someone on the perimeter and has often, especially in the last 2-3 years, ignored slashers. so slashers stop slashing or keep running extra routes to accomodate rondo's path-of-most-resistance technique of self preservation in the half court offense.
or to put it brutally bluntly- if barbosa functioned well on the floor with rondo on the floor- people would flat out wonder aloud- "gee, why doesn't rondo do all of that stuff (slashing, scoring) for us, WE REALLY NEED IT right now- our core has aged and we need a new generation to STEP UP AND CARRY THINGS"
barbosa is really not much of an outside shooter, but in time has turned himself into a decent shooter- another thing that rondo should have finished accomplishing A LONG TIME AGO = another reason why you don't want a slasher to do all the things that rondo should be doing- if you're rondo.
now, once again, as it has been through the years, dock the crock ribbers is dragged kicking and screaming BY ROSTER ATTRITION into playing the best players in the most appropriate ways- with the exception that we need a PG and a big- that cannot be avoided. but all the other pieces that failed under rondo are now coming to life.
it's a real shame that darko is not here for next to ZERO money to fill in the blanks at center. another criminal act of incompetence that leaves us searching for a piece that we already had, in addition to finding some PG help