Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by VF21, Mar 18, 2017.
Maybe Vlade knew what he was doing?
Hehe. "Any questions?" He looks like he could be decent!
Held his own against Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. Not bad at all.
Excited to see more of him!
He does have a nice touch. I admittedly didn't see anything to get excited about in summer league but he looks totally different now that he has lost the weight. As others have mentioned, he could still probably drop down 20 more pounds and be even more effective.
He does lots of little things well. Good signs. It's early. Let's not dump him yet.
well, a double double for PapaG
Wow, so good to hear papa had a good game. Really bummed i missed it.
Just saw his postgame interview. Good to see he's learning just how physical the NBA is.
Couldn't catch this game but I was able to watch him in person vs. the Suns and came away optimistic. He didn't look as lost as previous outings, and you could tell he was bothering shots with his size and length down low. Looking forward to what's to come as the game continues to slow down for him.
He was as good as or better than any of our other bigs today.
I was very heartened by his performance today. He really hit the boards well and held his own against a very physical Thunder lineup. It's all good. Just keep on improving like the rest of the youngins!
This game by Big Poppa truly shows the value of the new head coach. He does a incredible job of player development.
I remember seeing him up close and personal in summer league, and he looks entirely different now. Still needs to turn some of his body fat into muscle, but it doesn't happen overnight. Nice game for him today. The Kings ran into a buzz saw in the first half. Played much better in the second half. Both Skal and Willie had trouble matching up against the Oklahoma front line. Too physical for them, although Willie did defend the post better in the second half. It's a learning experience.
I don't pretend to know whether the kid will be the next Marc Gasol or perhaps something even better. I don't know whether he was the best choice at #13. But I do know this. He was only 18 at the time he was drafted and is still only 19 right now. Anybody declaring that draft decision as a bust already just doesn't know what they don't know. The book on Papa G still has several more years remaining until we know anything definitive. What we saw today is an important chapter because it's apparent that progress has been made.
IMO, player development under this current staff is something that's gone a tad under the radar. So far they've done a great job with all the young guys. If we had this staff back when we drafted Cousins and Whiteside, Hassan might have never gotten away from us.
I think Whiteside was a particular case because he sucked soo bad it was evident he didn't belong in the league. Until he was actually out and he decided to get his head in the game.
Whiteside had to mature. Word was that he just wasn't willing to listen and was a bit of a space cadet. I don't know that any team could've developed him at that point. But yeah, the Kings were one of the worst teams he could've gone to.
The current staff is tremendous across the board, including player development and big man coaching.
ANOTHER young, talent player showing promise? I must be dreaming.
I didn't get to watch the game itself but I did look at his highlight reel from the game. Second straight game we get a career night from our rooks, great to see. The fact that he said he needed to continue to work on his body is encouraging to hear. We will see a different player next season hopefully.
Just watched the DVR of the game....I think there is more to his potential than even today. Has a nice shooting touch from outside. He controlled the glass where we were getting killed earlier. Gives a different look than the thin towers. Was really, really encouraged when he held his own vs Adams and Kanter who are 2 damn good vets.
Good game Big Papa!
So.... who is the Kings starting center of the future, WCS or Papa?
I speak on behalf of all Kings fans when I say this:
Sorry to Vlade, sorry to Papa G, sorry to Buddy, and anyone else I have offended.
We are with you till the end Kings! Huzzah!!!
That shot from the elbow looked perfect. He even followed through with the goose neck.
Assuming all three develop the way they need to, you've got 2 positions (the 4 & 5) that split 3 ways at 32 min each. I think (potentially) these are three guys who could do that. Probably not next year for Papa, but who knows?
Like they say, you can't teach huge!
Kid's got touch.
Vlade is a dang dirty dog if all these picks work out.
Keep at it big Papa!
I want to say papa since he can definetaly hang with the physical centers in this league.
Willie is more of a finesse 4
It depends on who we're playing. Given the fast-paced nature of the league my guess is WCS. Additionally, assuming Labissiere is the starting PF, its not as though we would need big papa's scoring around the basket as a feature of our starting lineup.
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