It's so frustrating to watch Rush play. You look at the shots he gets, and wonder why he is not hitting them when is wide open a lot of the times. It's always a bit shaky when he puts it on the floor, and he simply doesn't finish at the rim. His defense is probably the best part of his game right now. He has all the physical tools to be a great 2 guard in the NBA. But mentally he just doesn't seem to be able to pull together, and gather the confidence to make it happen. I want so badly to see him knock down some of those jumpers he gets, I mean he is wide open a lot of the times, teams must be slacking off and not respecting his shot - for good reason.
I hope he proves us all wrong and turns it around!
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I see a lot of people saying they wish he put the ball on the floor more. I don't know if that's wise...
He's got a solid all-around game. I think his one weakness is his ball handling. This might sound funny... but he plays a lot like I do, lol.... Of course, I'm talking relatively compared to the competition, lol.... He's playing against NBA players, and I'm playing pickup ball at local gyms against local scrubs.
I'm average-sized, usually play guard/SF positions, play nice D on the perimeter, hit a ton of 3's, and get a lot of rebounds and put-backs for my position, with the occasional nice pass thrown in here and there. I suck handling the ball. I suck being asked to create offense for the team. I'm not comfortable the further in the paint I get unless I'm almost wide open under the rim. I feel like I relate to him. He just needs to stick to what he knows and does best and get that confidence up.
I think honestly his best situation is where he's working within the offense and coming off screens for clean catch-and-shoots, getting set in his shot, etc... I don't know if he'll ever be a penetrating ball dominator or someone who's gonna hit a lot of ultra-contested shots like Reggie could pull off. Let him shoot lights out from outside, run some plays for him, rub off some defenders let him shoot, get that defense stretched out. His 3-ball is beautiful.. just needs to get that confidence up, hit it more. I've never watched the guy practice, but I got a hunch he's automatic from the perimeter when no one's looking. Needs to translate that to when there *are* people looking.
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Weird that our defense has gotten so atrocious when a few games before it was so strong. What could possibly cause the difference? It's not like there's a personnel difference between the games.
Wait, what's that you say? Our defensive prowess (and win streak) coincided with Murph on the bench? How odd.
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"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
Lee Russakoff wrote a great column about Rush after Kansas won the '08 NCAA championship that I think epitomized what's wrong with this kid:
"Rush did a lot of things for Kansas, but you could fit his heart on a pinhead.
Watching Rush shortarm 3s in a tight Davidson game, and then again when UNC was mounting a comeback tells you everything about Rush’s prospects at the next level. He has none. Don’t draft him."
Unfortunately, the Pacers didn't get the memo.
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That was always the thing about him. He has the tools and the talent, you just get the impression he doesn't care. It was like that his entire time at Kansas, and thus far, the NBA.
I said this in another thread somewhere, but even if Rush doesn't live up to his potential, he can still be a useful player. If I was Obie, I'd tell Rush to focus on defense, rebounding, and spot shooting. That's it. People have made solid careers out of less.
Keep him around as an affordable bench player if he never discovers passion. Even while he's stuck in Tin Woodsman mode, he still plays very good defense.
Anytime you can have someone like that off the bench who can randomly drop 15+ points, that's worth keeping in reserve.
Eric P in Naptown:
What up Travis? Im dying man, my Pacer front office thinks the fans are ignorant! They dont need "time to get healthy" they flat out suck. No energy , Granger looks pissed. Please tell me OB is gone?
It's certainly been a rough go for the Pacers of late. However, at 6-10 all is not yet lost. With a guy like Granger I think they can stay in the hunt for the final playoff spot. Dahntay Jones has been a bright spot, but certainly the regression of Roy Hibbert has been disconcerting to watch. I don't think O'Brien is a goner quite yet. My gut says he makes it through the season barring a major, prolonged losing streak.
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Well... it's really allready a major, prolonged losing streak we are having now... I wonder how major does he mean? 12? 15? 20?
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