Not a whole lot happening on the NBA lockout front. Player’s Union VP Matt Bonner told Eric Smith on the FAN 590 recently no talks are planned anytime soon between the two sides and meanwhile, players are saying they hate the latest offer they have received.
On Tuesday, 60 players went to a regional union meeting.
“We all know we’ll have to sacrifice but something has to be done,” Kevin Love told ESPN.
“It has to be sooner than later. We have to get the ball rolling. We can’t wait around until October or November and then nothing gets done. The owners will keep stalling and obviously they have more means than us to lock us out.
“I want to play basketball … I want us to make a compromise with the owners but not sign what they’re proposing. We’ll play hardball if we have to. I want there to be an NBA season but it’s also apparent that we’re going to miss games.”
Apparently the hard cap is the main sticking point. This corner still maintains there will be one implemented whenever a new deal gets done, but not for $45 million like the owners are asking for at the moment.
His coach oddly compared Valanciunas to ex-Raptor star Chris Bosh. That one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Sure, they are both tall and slight, run the floor well (though Bosh doesn’t get up and down as smoothly as he used to), rebound extremely well, draw fouls and knock down their free throws, but the comparison kind of ends there.
Bosh makes his living by raining jumpers and beating opponents with his first step. He’s an elite offensive player, one of the best in the world, difficult to stop when he’s on. Valanciunas’ offensive game is nowhere close. His jumper needs work, he lacks the range Bosh has shown and he hasn’t shown the quick first step Bosh has. He scores more garbage points and rebound points and uses a hook shot more than Bosh.
Plus, Valanciunas impacts the game far more defensively than Bosh. He alters and blocks more shots. He also fouls a lot more because he is more aggressive. While Bosh is much more of a pick-and-pop player, Valanciunas is deadly in a pick-and-roll game.
Personality-wise, both play hard, but Valanciunas is as intense as they come, won’t back down from anybody and takes losses extremely hard. OK, maybe that’s another similarity as both have cried after defeats.
Valanciunas is much more similar to Amir Johnson than he is to Chris Bosh. Maybe one day Valanciunas will more resemble Bosh. If the big Lithuanian develops and starts relying on his jumper for most of his points that could be the case, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the way he likes to play.
For now and maybe forever, the comparison is a misplaced one.