- Aug 8, 2012
Melo is NBA old and never has been a Lebron, Tom Brady freak about taking care of his body. At this point if he wants to succeed he needs to be in late career Ray Allen, JJ Reddick type role as just a shooter.
I said this in another post, but in the 90s-00’s NBA, he’d still be a big time scorer on someone’s second unit.
It’s the current style of play where everyone just runs around real fast and jacks quick 3’s or gets to the hole that he doesn’t fit into.
Melo needs to catch the ball at 17 feet and jab step himself into some space to bang off the dribble jumpers. Apparently that’s a crime in today’s NBA.
As Popovich just said:
“These days there’s such an emphasis on the three because it’s proven to be analytically correct,” Popovich Monday offered with what appeared to be a sneer. “Now you look at a stat sheet after a game and the first thing you look at is the threes. If you made threes and the other team didn’t, you win. You don’t even look at the rebounds or the turnovers or how much transition D was involved. You don’t even care. That’s how much an impact the three-point shot has and it’s evidenced by how everybody plays.”
“I hate it, but I always have,” Popovich said even as he’s adjusted over the years. “I’ve hated the three for 20 years. That’s why I make a joke all the time (and say) if we’re going to make it a different game, let’s have a four-point play. Because if everybody likes the three, they’ll really like the four. People will jump out of their seats if you have a five-point play. It will be great. There’s no basketball anymore, there’s no beauty in it. It’s pretty boring. But it is what it is and you need to work with it.”