[QUOTE=Sookie;1372644]I don't think this is correct. The two games after the Miami game (which was only game 5) Lance played his most minutes. Vs Philly he got 14 minutes, and I remember him guarding Jrue Holiday some. Then the next game was probably Lance's best game of his career. He had the ball in his hands at PG for a large portion of his season high 18 minutes. The switch seems much more recent than that.No, Vogel made that announcement after the Miami game. (Although it was clear he had made the switch during the Miami game.)
I agree we'd probably be a better team right now with Price, but I'm not so sure we'd be a better team by the time post season rolls around.Still, I understand it's hard to bench a young guy whose putting in a lot of energy and effort into his role. It's just whether you want the team to be better this year and heading into the playoffs or not or whether you want to develop Lance more.
If Lance was given a consistent 15 minutes a game it could do wonders for his game. He's never gonna find his jump shot, or get comfortable with his crafty paint shots, if he's only getting up a few a game.... if any.
The million dollar question for Vogel and Bird is, is it worth it to risk losing a player you spent so much time and headaches molding into a good team player and citizen for a few more regular season wins? It's doubtful Price is going to make a difference in advancing in the playoffs, so what's the point in stunting Lance's development? If he gets the time this year, you never know, he could be a really good player for us next year, and if we lose Hill we'll have his replacement ready.
There's good arguments either way, it's just the over the top stuff is lame from both camps. That and all the rock solid advanced stats telling me Lance sucks.