In a normal game where the outcome is uncertain and every possession matters, blocking an opponent’s shot so hard that it goes flying a couple rows back into the stands isn’t the most intelligent basketball play.
But it sure is fun to watch.
LeBron James caught Kemba Walker on the fast break and came through with the chase-down rejection in Miami’s win in Charlotte on Saturday, but the fundamentally correct play in that situation is to try to keep the ball in play by tapping it to a teammate to create a live-ball turnover if at all possible.
Considering, however, that the Heat were probably not losing to this Bobcats team (even without the suspended Mario Chalmers), the intimidation factor combined with the entertainment value made LeBron’s choice here the wise decision.
With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.
The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.
And so the search goes on.
The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.
With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.
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