so we might as well get this out of the way.
While we are all complaining about Saras starting at shooting guard or that Pollard should get some time on the floor or that A.J. sucks the one thing that is as constant as taxes & death has occured.
Rick Carlisle has unjustifiably benched Austin Croshere & started his real security blanket Jeff Foster.
No matter how good the team was, no matter how good Croshere played this was going to happen.
Forget the fact that we were 11-3 with Austin starting. No, we must let Foster play at all costs. He is such a defensive & rebounding force that he must be on the floor to start the game at all costs.
Austin Croshere has been the glue that has held this team together for many games this season & this is now how he is going to be treated. He now is going to go back to being Jermaine's backup which will give him about 10 min. a game if he is lucky.
Thus he will come in & miss a couple of three's & everybody will complain about his salary again.
Yet early in the season almost nobody complained about his salary because he was the one guy bringing it every night.
I would complain, but I wouldn't have anything to stand on, if Foster came in & just dominated the floor & our team won. Or if Austin suddenly had stopped producing at all.
Neither has happened.
If Foster isn't dropping passes he is missing layups. How many damn layups has the guy missed this season?
Croshere brings something totally differant to the floor when he is out there & other teams have to adjust to us, not us adjust to them.
Foster is just a void. Many people complain to me by saying "I don't get it Peck, you liked Dale Davis" & my retort is simple. Your right, you don't get it.
Jeff Foster is nowhere near the defender or rebounder that Dale was. Hell even as a old man on his last legs last year he outdefended Foster in the paint.
You cannot have this big of a whole on the offensive end, not when your team cannot put together back to back baskets on most occasions.
This is frustrating beyond belief & it almost drives me over into the fire Carlisle catagory. Yes, I feel that strongly about it.
I don't care if Foster is in top shape or is injured. He is what he is & what you are seeing now is what you will get from him with maybe a few more loose balls picked up so they can be declared rebounds.
I guess at least Cro makes a lot of money so that makes it all ok.