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90'sNBARocked
12-12-2011, 05:20 PM
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Comment From Eric
Did thabett get waived?

Tom Haberstroh:
Yes, the Rockets waived Thabeet via amnesty last night, I believe. In order to free up money for Marc Gasol offer.

If we look at the minimum signing I think he might be worth the risk to back up Roy

Talk about epic bust, right up there with Joe Alexander, Darko and Kwame

also found this quote funnny



Comment From Reggie Miller
Tom you do realize that the Heat now don't match up to well against the Pacers.

Tom Haberstroh:
Reggie, somehow you have forgotten the Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They'll be fine.

Sookie
12-12-2011, 05:28 PM
lol...as a Uconn fan, didn't see that one coming (where's the green font?)

But, he'd actually be a pretty decent backup Center, particularly because Roy would have to go up against him every practice. Thabeet's bad offensively and good defensively. I think having him on the team would help Roy improve.

90'sNBARocked
12-12-2011, 05:42 PM
lol...as a Uconn fan, didn't see that one coming (where's the green font?)

But, he'd actually be a pretty decent backup Center, particularly because Roy would have to go up against him every practice. Thabeet's bad offensively and good defensively. I think having him on the team would help Roy improve.

Exactly

As a number 2 pick overall, a huge bust

As a FA on a minimum contract.........low risk, potential for nice reward

D0NT SH0OT ME
12-12-2011, 07:22 PM
But, he'd actually be a pretty decent backup Center, particularly because Roy would have to go up against him every practice.


This x1000. It is impossible to stress how important it is in the development of an athlete to be challenged to improve each and every day. Roy's offensive game would improve by leaps and bounds by going up against Thabeet every practice. Maybe some of Thabeet's defensive skills would rub off onto Roy as well.

NapTonius Monk
12-12-2011, 07:29 PM
Sigh, why wasn't I born tall?

pacer4ever
12-12-2011, 07:30 PM
lol...as a Uconn fan, didn't see that one coming (where's the green font?)

But, he'd actually be a pretty decent backup Center, particularly because Roy would have to go up against him every practice. Thabeet's bad offensively and good defensively. I think having him on the team would help Roy improve.

i dont want that guy around this team. He has no work ethic and hates the game the exact opposite type of players Larry Bird wants. He is the opposite of a gym rat. Most guys in the NBA would still play basketball if they weren't getting paid but Thabeet would not he just doesn't like basketball. He may of been good defensibly in college but he just flat out sucks on both end in the NBA because he doesn't work hard.

Midcoasted
12-12-2011, 11:10 PM
i dont want that guy around this team. He has no work ethic and hates the game the exact opposite type of players Larry Bird wants. He is the opposite of a gym rat. Most guys in the NBA would still play basketball if they weren't getting paid but Thabeet would not he just doesn't like basketball. He may of been good defensibly in college but he just flat out sucks on both end in the NBA because he doesn't work hard.

Is this verifiable with sources about his work ethic, or any game film to cite? Or is Thabeet just not as good as people thought he would be as a number two pick and he could be still be developing? I think if he would want to work hard he would be the perfect option to bring off the bench. We would have the twin towers at the center position if Hibbert could light a fire under Thabeet.

This is the back-up center I would go after. Definitely low risk, very high reward.

Naptown_Seth
12-12-2011, 11:24 PM
lol...as a Uconn fan, didn't see that one coming (where's the green font?)

But, he'd actually be a pretty decent backup Center, particularly because Roy would have to go up against him every practice. Thabeet's bad offensively and good defensively. I think having him on the team would help Roy improve.
That's an insult to "bad offense".

So athletic and great at defending the post from off the ball. Give him a step and he can destroy shots like no one's business. But you might as well tell him to save his breath running to the other end, at least in the NBA.



I would much rather sniff around about how committed the Knicks still are to Jerome Jordan, or look at getting Ndiaye in. Nice and cheap bigs with size and enough skill to at least be a little better than 5 fouls.

Sookie
12-13-2011, 03:11 AM
That's an insult to "bad offense".

So athletic and great at defending the post from off the ball. Give him a step and he can destroy shots like no one's business. But you might as well tell him to save his breath running to the other end, at least in the NBA.



I would much rather sniff around about how committed the Knicks still are to Jerome Jordan, or look at getting Ndiaye in. Nice and cheap bigs with size and enough skill to at least be a little better than 5 fouls.

Yea, just remember, AJ Price made Thabeet look competent at the offensive end of the floor. Made Stanley Robinson look like a lottery pick, and Dyson look like a potential NBA player...Price could have tricked the NBA into three pretty bad players, if Dyson and Robinson hadn't played for a year without him. And people wonder why I like him. ;)

Seriously, one of the more impressive things about Thabeet is his foot speed (probably from playing soccer.) I don't think a defensive specialist backup Center is a bad idea. But if Pacer4Ever is right about his work ethic, probably not worth it. That type of player only works when they are fiesty/agressive/workhorses like Foster.

MillerTime
12-13-2011, 03:15 AM
Wow I hope we sign him as a back up

3 8 thee great t h
12-13-2011, 03:31 AM
I'm not too enthused about getting him but I believe that hibbert is a really good off the court leader in a sense of that if we did get him. Hibbert and his work ethic are contagious and d west is another locker room influence if he doesn't have a work ethic if we get him he will very soon and might turn out to be very good!

Sidenote: I kno it doesn't mean much and this is without west but 2k has us as the 8th best defense in the league just FYI that could boost us even more. Man just thinking about it if we get thabeet and mayo man that's solid.

imawhat
12-13-2011, 04:14 AM
i dont want that guy around this team. He has no work ethic and hates the game the exact opposite type of players Larry Bird wants. He is the opposite of a gym rat. Most guys in the NBA would still play basketball if they weren't getting paid but Thabeet would not he just doesn't like basketball. He may of been good defensibly in college but he just flat out sucks on both end in the NBA because he doesn't work hard.

Really? I'd never heard that. Bird loved him before the draft.

Shade
12-13-2011, 08:15 AM
With a front-court of Roy and Thabeet, you would swear the game was always being shown on slow-motion instant replay.

aero
12-13-2011, 08:29 AM
Comment From Reggie Miller
Tom you do realize that the Heat now don't match up to well against the Pacers.

Tom Haberstroh:
Reggie, somehow you have forgotten the Heat have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They'll be fine.



Tom must not remember that LeBron is missing in action when it counts lol

Cactus Jax
12-13-2011, 09:00 AM
Thabeet was considered a horrible pick when the Grizzlies made it for all the reasons explained in this topic, no thanks.

Justin Tyme
12-13-2011, 10:16 AM
I would much rather sniff around about how committed the Knicks still are to Jerome Jordan, or look at getting Ndiaye in. Nice and cheap bigs with size and enough skill to at least be a little better than 5 fouls.


Especially, since the Knicks got Chandler. Send them Price and a future 2nd for Jordan. They can cut Price with most of his contract unguaranteed or use him as a b/u PG.

vnzla81
12-13-2011, 10:32 AM
i dont want that guy around this team. He has no work ethic and hates the game the exact opposite type of players Larry Bird wants. He is the opposite of a gym rat. Most guys in the NBA would still play basketball if they weren't getting paid but Thabeet would not he just doesn't like basketball. He may of been good defensibly in college but he just flat out sucks on both end in the NBA because he doesn't work hard.

So you know the guy? How you know? Link?

Larry Staverman
12-13-2011, 10:47 AM
Let me get this straight!

Houston is desperate for a big man yet they just paid this guy $5 million to go away after watching him every day at practice for 1/2 a season.

No Thanks!

90'sNBARocked
12-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Basically I have heard that a scout was over in Africa looking at another player when he came upon a young Thabeet, all of 7 feet tall playing SOCCER!! The guy had really never played basketball in his life. He was scouted obviously because of his height. One thing I dont understand is Hakeem Olijawon was also a former soccer player which made him develop crazy footwork, not so much with Thabeet. I dont think he doesnt have a work ethic but I will say he only saw basketball as a way to get to the USA, get an education and have a good lifestyle. I had heard he worked hard over the summer

again as a vet minimum, I think its a low risk, decent reward

I would be incredibly suprised if there wasnt at least a couple teAms fighting for him after he is released. After all, he is only like 23 and is 7'2

cordobes
12-13-2011, 01:26 PM
What pacer4ever wrote about Thabeet's work ethic is worrying.

Disregarding that, I think Thabeet has the potential to make it as a solid defensive center. A Dalembert type/level of player.

Thabeet's priority this Summer should have been to gain strength in his legs and vertical quickness. He's too slow leaving the floor, especially on his 2nd jump. In the DLeague he was often outrebounded by guys twice his size because of how it'd take for him to gather strength to start his jump. If he improves his rebounding, that opens a career path for him.

He'd still be a long ways of being a rotational caliber player. Too raw. But a few games in the D-League, some garbage time in the big league, focus on defensive footwork in practices, especially on ballscreens and I think it'd be fair to expect that is that after another underwhelming season, he could be an useful backup center. He will continue to make gradual improvements from that point on until he becomes a Sam Dalembert level center. A quality starting center.

Of course, if he's lazy or anything less than fanatically dedicated there's no point for any team in doing this journey with him. It'll take a lot of work and shame.

Will Galen
12-13-2011, 09:17 PM
. . . In the DLeague he was often outrebounded by guys twice his size because of how it'd take for him to gather strength to start his jump. If he improves his rebounding, that opens a career path for him.



Wow! We should look into going after one of these guys!!!! :eek::eek::eek:

DocHolliday
12-13-2011, 09:22 PM
The Pacers must sign a 14-footer!!!

PacersHomer
12-13-2011, 09:36 PM
The Pacers must sign a 14-footer!!!

Incidental goal tending from the ball hitting him on the end when he's by the basket would be a problem.

pacers74
12-13-2011, 09:40 PM
Basically I have heard that a scout was over in Africa looking at another player when he came upon a young Thabeet, all of 7 feet tall playing SOCCER!! The guy had really never played basketball in his life. He was scouted obviously because of his height. One thing I dont understand is Hakeem Olijawon was also a former soccer player which made him develop crazy footwork, not so much with Thabeet. I dont think he doesnt have a work ethic but I will say he only saw basketball as a way to get to the USA, get an education and have a good lifestyle. I had heard he worked hard over the summer

again as a vet minimum, I think its a low risk, decent reward

I would be incredibly suprised if there wasnt at least a couple teAms fighting for him after he is released. After all, he is only like 23 and is 7'2


Actually Roy interviewed him at the draft right after he got drafted and Thabeet is taller than Roy. He looked at least an inch or 2 taller.

pacers74
12-13-2011, 09:47 PM
Here is a link to the video:

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/playoffs/2009/06/30/nba_tmo_draft_thabeet.nba/index.html

PacersHomer
12-13-2011, 09:55 PM
Thabeet is my backup for Hibbert on NBA 2K11. It's like prophecy. Soon we'll get Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward, and Courtney Lee.

LG33
12-13-2011, 09:59 PM
Turn Thabeet around? Love to hear discussion.

Pacer Fan
12-13-2011, 10:10 PM
Don't we want to see improvement on the Pacers! :rolleyes:

oz_pacer
12-14-2011, 03:42 PM
At worst he's on the minimum sits on the bench like solo at best he plays a few minutes as a back up comes in blocks a few shots and grabs a few boards not going to break the bank why not take a chance