Wednesday, April 26, 2006

More Mannix on the Cavs-Wizards

Just like after the first game, I'm more interested in his 'Notes' section:

Drew Gooden is a free agent after the season. Gooden earned himself some money tonight. His 24 points and 16 rebounds are impressive enough, even more so when you note that, as Mike Brown says, "we don't run a lot of plays for Drew." Gooden is arguably the best offensive rebounder in the game today and showed that he has a nice touch around the basket. Owner Dan Gilbert is going to have to open the vault if he wants to keep him next season.

This is my problem with Gooden (and he played spectacular last night). If the Cavs want to keep him, they're going to have to throw a lot of money at him. Because some team will see last nights game and pay Gooden to do that everynight. The problem is he doesn't do that everynight. His head will be in the clouds for quarter at a time. See how often Gooden plays in crunch time. Usually there's a combination of Marshall (for 3s), Varejao (for defense, hustle and rebounding) and Z (lowpost/doubleteams/shot blocking/freethrows) out there. A lot of time Gooden is on the bench. I'm not saying Gooden isn't a good player, it's just that he isn't a guy to "open the vault" for.

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