Lang Greene is a NBA Writer for HOOPSWORLD covering the Atlanta Hawks and Eastern Conference. Lang’s chat gets started at 8pm EST every Wednesday.
How are you, man? Have you heard anything about teams in the market for Stephen Jackson? Obviously his exit in San Antonio was disappointing, but I’m pretty sure Pop still has good things to say about him. Plus he can still play. I think he could be a great fit for most contending teams as an option off the bench.
Also, have you heard his music? Dude can rhyme, and holds his own against fellow Texans Bun B and Scarface on the “Jack Of All Trades” mixtape.
Thanks, man. Hope all is well.
What’s up Hoop Freaks? Got hit with some potentially life changing news this week. But there’s only one way to tackle these situations … and that’s head on. No fear. Let’s do something epic tonight!
Homer! Hope all is well. I expect Stephen Jackson to get a strong look from veteran laden teams once the market stabilizes. Likely in the December/January time period. Much like how New York and Miami pursued veterans Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen last year. In the right situation, S-Jax could be a valuable pickup … if he’s truly focused.
I haven’t heard him rhyme. I’ll pull him up on YouTube after this chat.
Lang my man,
i recently checked out Anthony Randolphs careers stats, per 36 they are huge.
i know that they don’t necessarily become reality with extra minutes, but surely they’re an indication of what he can do.
Does he stand a chance of ever earning somewhere near 30mpg? which coach could possibly tap into his potential?
Matt … my dude. You’re right Anthony Randolph looks really good on the per 36 stat sheet and quiet as kept his YouTube highlight mixes are also very good. Damn good. But at the end of the day the guy just hasn’t been able to consistently put together long stretches of superior productivity. Most NBA guys, if given minutes, can put up strong stat lines … but not many guys contribute favorably to winning … and that’s the case with Randolph.
When the league sends around things like the GM Survey, All-NBA ballots and things, do some people intentionally take the mickey? When they ask “Which active player will make the best head coach someday?” and DeAndre Jordan gets a vote I have to wonder.
(Other suspect votes: whoever voted for George Karl on one of the coaching awards, whoever voted Sacramento for most fun to watch, and whoever voted for Oklahoma City for best offseason moves… that last one was probably the same person who voted for Scott Brooks and his set-in-stone rotation for best in-game adjustments…)
Arky- just the reality of the world we live in. Not everyone takes things as serious as others who participate. There will always be a few outliers who use these type of outlets to pimp their own agendas or interject their own brand of comedy. When I see things like that, I just ignore them. It is what it is.
How’s it hangin’ Lang? did anything on the NBA’s annual Quiz of GM’s jump out at you? Three things for me.
1. Why don’t they ask the GM’s who the best GM is?
2. Nikola Mirotic is the best player not in the NBA, why isn’t he in the NBA?
3. Kevin Love makes the most of limited natural ability. I think just the opposite. He’s cut from the some cloth as Larry Bird. Can’t run, can’t jump. His natural ability is a sixth sense for the game. I’d take Kevin over Blake Griffin, and I wouldn’t hesitate.
Life is good Jim. Can’t complain. Ready for this season to get started.
1. Good question. I’m quite sure the crew in San Antonio would carry the day since their pipeline of executives continues to grow each season
2. I expect Mirotic to make his debut next season when the Bulls can offer him a contract outside of the restrictive NBA rookie scale. I believe that’s the obstacle
3. Honestly, I think Larry Bird was a very good athlete. History tries to downplay his athleticism, but go back and watch his game … Larry Legend was an athletic dude … no one can tell me different … he just didn’t jump out of the gym. Athleticism isn’t just about measuring verticals. Kevin Love has talent … but right now, I’d take Blake Griffin over him .. not by much … but BG gets my nod right now
Lang, the best feel good story this BB season? James Montgomery gets a full ride at Northwestern. I don’t think it’s cheap sending a kid to NW? Take advantage of the Scholly my Man. I wish I could have went to NW.
But, I enlisted in the Navy and went to boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes. No regrets, seen the world, dipped my wick lots of places. turned out OK for me.
But I’m lucky, get that education.
Love the James Montgomery story at Northwestern. Very touching. I also want to point you to the Zach Hodskins story. Zach is a one handed basketball player here in Georgia who just accepted a full hoops scholarship to the University of Florida. Talk about a tear jerker and a testament to hard work and not letting anyone steal your dreams? Whoa …
Also … major respect to your for your service to this country. Massive props and I salute your sacrifice.
Have you had a chance to see Oladipo play this preseason? Looks like he’s already improved off the bounce and with his court vision
I try not to put too much emphasis on preseason production because you never know what the opposing team is doing from a strategy standpoint. But Oladipo looks much better to me than he did during Orlando Summer League. Seems more comfortable. He’s going to be a productive player. Most believe he’ll be the 2014 Rookie of the Year.
Do you think GM’s take into account a player’s likelihood to sign an extension (if their talent pans out) with the team before they draft a player? Example, if Utah gets first pick and Wiggins and Parker both have awesome freshman seasons would they be more likely to draft Parker due to his Mormon faith and ties? Wiggins already stated that he would love to play for Toronto someday
Teams factor a lot of different variables into their draft decisions. But at the end of the day, most teams select the best overall talent at the TOP of the draft board. If you’re a NBA executive you have to draft the asset and worry about the extra noise (future free agency, etc) at a later date. Matter of fact, the current CBA all but guarantees a team’s first round pick will stick around for the first seven years of their careers.
Sacramento looks FULLY committed to pounding the rock into Cousins this season, do you see him having a true breakout season this year?
Cousins is going to put up numbers. Every night. He’s put up strong numbers since entering the league. This year will be no different. No different at all. He’ll flirt with being a 20/10 performer this season, no question. But my question isn’t whether he can put up a strong stat line … I know he can do that … I’m looking at Cousins’ growth from a leadership standpoint. As in, how many wins he actually wills Sacramento into pulling out because of his presence. The NBA has a long history of guys who put up stellar numbers on terrible teams … but only a select few of those guys are able to elevate their team out of the basement. I’m watching to see if Cousins can add his name on the short list.
Hey Lang, thanks for chillin’ with us today
Have you been a fan of Cavs GM Chris Grant’s personnel decisions thus far? I like the signing (and price tag) of A Bynum, and bringing on Jarrett Jack, but man… those draft decisions… hard to co-sign so far as a fan. They could have potentially had Valanciunus/Barnes/Oladipo in respect to their draft positioning…
Dillon … my pleasure to be here with the Hoop Freaks.
You have to like the smell of the stew Chris Grant is cooking in Cleveland. Now whether the stew will have a pleasant taste when finished is a different question. I like the Cavaliers’ draft picks … Anthony Bennett and Dion Waiters will have long careers. Tyler Zeller will be a dependable big man type. The Tristan Thompson pick is questionable in hindsight. But if Andrew Bynum plays up to his potential then the memory of passing on Jonas Valanciunas will fade into the rearview.
Question from the land of the sun If Bledsoe explodes out the gate do you think Dragic becomes expendable at the deadline? Then develop Bledsoe at his natural PG position?
I expect the Suns to entertain offers for Goran Dragic at various points before the trade deadline. If Bledsoe comes out of the gate beasting, then Phoenix will accelerate their trade efforts. Dragic is owed $22.5 million over the net three seasons. That’s a lot of bread for a second point guard.
Call me crazy but I’m iffy on the Al Jeff signing in Charlotte. I get that they currently need to overpay for above average FA’s, but geez Al Jeff seemed slower than ever on the block last year & is showing signs of a steep decline athletically. Could this signing actually hurt them in the long run & stunt the development of their young guys?
I’m a fan of the move. It’s only a three year deal so Charlotte isn’t held completely hostage over a long period of time. Jefferson will give the team a legit 17-19 point scorer on the low bock. His presence will take some of the pressure off of Cody Zeller and will allow Bismack Biyombo to focus on just being a defensive anchor. Jefferson’s inside game will also help Kemba Walker’s game by opening up the paint. I believe Charlotte had to make the move. Jefferson was pivotal in their rebuild.
Was Favor’s extension a little steep for what he’s proved so far on the court? I get the potential but that’s more than Steph Curry received!
It was a calculated risk by Utah deciding to pay Favors $49 million now instead of letting the market set his value next summer. Golden State did something similar with Stephen Curry and it is turning out to be a steal. Favors got a bit more than Curry because he’s a big man.
Hi Lang. Can you tell me your thoughts on OKC this year? How will they fare without Westbrook and what are your thoughts on Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb picking up some of the slack left by his void?
I expect Oklahoma City to flirt with 60 wins again. Westbrook will miss some of the opening festivities, but he’ll be back. Kevin Durant can carry the load and will keep OKC on track until Russell gets back in the lineup. Reggie Jackson seems like he his 100 percent ready to assume the role of the departed James Harden and Kevin Martin as OKC’s third scorer. My preseason prediction was that Jeremy Lamb would be able to blossom into a 7-9 point per night scorer. He’s gotten off to a slower start but he should earn a spot in the regular rotation this season.
Sup Lang, Mr. Beal has been blowin’ up in our nation’s capitol, are we looking at a future all star in the next couple years??
Have to slow down on the All-Star talk. That’s a bit premature … but you’re right Beal has been impressive. John Wall’s presence really opens up the floor for him … night and day difference when Wall isn’t beside him in the lineup alleviating pressure.
Hey Lang, hope you are feeling better this week.
Help me understand Detroit, why are they taking the risk of losing a great young talent like Greg Monroe? Do you see him in a different uniform next season? I think it would be an egregious mistake if Joe D let that happen.
Are you as bullish on the Bulls championship chances as some of your colleagues are?
Which coach do you see getting the axe first this season?
Thank you for your time, till next time.
Lucas, I’m back to my normal self (I don’t if that’s a good or bad thing, lol)
The Pistons aren’t risking losing Greg Monroe. The Pistons are in the driver’s seat in the negotiating process and are at the head of the table. Worst case scenario Detroit decides not to extend Monroe early and the man goes off this season and puts up monster numbers. Well, that means next summer Monroe may have earned himself a more lucrative deal from other suitors in the league. Cool. But remember as long as Detroit issues a qualifying offer (making Monroe a restricted free agent) they’ll have the right to match any offer received for the guy in free agency.
U think Kyrie will up his assist totals this year and become more of a facilitator?
Yes. A bit more talent around him in the rotation this season. Shouldn’t be a reason why Kyrie Irving doesn’t average at least seven assists per game in 2014.
Is Mike Scott going to play an important role for your Hawks this year? Can you see him turning into more than just a bench guy?
My man Jason!
Mike Scott, provided he makes the team, is a reserve guy. Can’t see him playing more than 8-12 minutes per night this season … and if he does then something went horribly wrong in Atlanta.
Now, I’m not bagging on Mike. He has a strong jumper and is excellent in pick and pop situations. He’s just not going to be a heavy rotation guy in Atlanta this year. I do think he’s an NBA player though, long term.
Do you expect the Pacers and Paul George to be better and more aggressive once regular season starts?
Pacers will be fine once the real season starts. Trust me. That team is a problem. They are legit.
Lang, what’s up – long time no talk – nothing to say really. But with the season about to start, wondering about a trade and rumors about Aldridge. Boston sends Sully/KO, Lee/Brooks, Humphreys/Wallace (cap purposes), Bass and 2 1st Rd picks to Portland for Aldridge. Or both Sully and KO and remove Bass? Comments. Thanks – Hoops forever!!!!!
Bruh! Where you been? Hope all is well.
Sending out a lot for Aldridge, I see. I don’t see either team pursuing these moves at the moment. The Blazers are eyeing the playoffs this season. The Celtics just started a rebuild so not sure they’re interested in bringing in a high paid veteran guy.
My Man Lang,
What do you think about the Faried trade rumors? And how does J.J. Hickson come into play when looking at his stats for this season? Similar stats as last year or worse?
I think the Faried story is just an example of Denver doing the proper due diligence. Faried is a strong player but he’s far from untouchable, in my opinion. If a team were offering something silly, then its Denver’s job to acquire the best assets for the team long term. Period. It would take a lot to pry Faried away but Denver has to listen. That’s just smart business.
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