A few odds and ends on this one after finishing exiting an enthused C’s locker room here at TD.
* Still think the last roster spot is up in the air? Think again Tonight’s game (Von Wafer played entire 12 minutes with second unit, Stephane Lasme just 3) likely was the final indicator that Wafer has the final spot sewed up. Back in the locker room, Lasme exchanged numbers with a number of teammates and team staff as well as sharing an embrace with Big Baby as he was informed, along with Mario West he had been cut from the roster.
You gave us a good run Mr. Lasme, but at the end of the day the team just had too much depth in frontcourt to use you. Wafer meanwhile will likely be a regular member of the rotation for the first 10 games with Delonte West out.
After that? Things get interesting…….and to be perfectly honest, Doc could easily go with a nine man rotation for those first ten games if Wafer doesn’t “buy in” to team concept to Doc’s liking, something he has mentioned in a couple press conferences this week. He’s getting there on the offensive end, but it’s the defense that Doc will paying to once the real games begin.
Let’s hope the C’s can stash Lasme with “Tiny” Gallon in Portland with the Red Claws.
* Shaq Attack: The big guy wraps us the preseason on a high note and has some pretty gaudy numbers to boot in his five games of action this preseason. Take note:
14.3 rebounds/36 minutes (Highest rate on team 3 rebounds over KG)
We knew the offense would be there but the rebounding has been stellar as well. Put it all together, how comfortable is Shaq?
“Getting very comfortable. I have had the luxury to watch all these guys come in and watch their career. We have been friends for a long time. I know where they want the ball and how they want the ball. I knew I was just going to fit in just fine when I came here.”
I was all aboard for the Shaq signing, but very much of the mindset he should come off the bench due to his defensive defenicies. And while that may be the case when the game matters, let there be no doubt Shaq will be the man to get the nod on opening night and perhaps awhile there after thanks to his strong start and Jermaine’s injury woes.
I won’t flat out say Jermaine is in the doghouse, but it’s clear Doc is “disappointed” with his lack of floor time with his teammates thus far. He’s got some catching up to do, and Doc hinted he’s a not 100 percent sure thing to play opening night. We should know more after he practices this weekend.
Other Odds and Ends:
Pierce on the preseason: “You want to sort of build something going into the season individually and as a team. Its about getting the confidence going. You want to be playing well not just as a team. Trying to figure out some things I am trying to do offensively just to get some confidence to know I can get the job done during the regular season.”
Lawrence Frank on the 2nd Half: “Well we wanted to play better. We were disappointed with the way we played in the first half. We wanted to get some positive results. This isn’t so much about winning in the preseason. It IS about getting better and it’s about our habits. From one through five in that starting lineup they knew that we could do better and we wanted to show that we could. Once we did show that we could do better then it was time to get them out.”
Day off Thursday for the Green before four days of practice before the opening tip Tuesday night. Start your countdown folks.