was one year ago yesterday. UB had asked at some point for some video of the big fella from last year, so here are highlights of that game.....
Man those Hornets jerseys are hideous
OK I watched about 30 seconds and it is clear to me even in that length of time that Roy was running, jumping, moving much better last year than this. I think it is rather a large difference. He almost doesn't look like the same player. That IMO is why he is struggling to score this year.
The question I have is why? has he gained weight, has he been injured. To me he looks a little thinner too last year.
Just watched more of it, I think is is a remarkable difference.
Anyone disagree with me
Last edited by Unclebuck; 02-22-2013 at 01:32 PM.
It would be interesting to see how many centers have had their career high in points against Kaman. He's a defensive sieve, and really wasn't playing for anyone but himself and his next contract last year.
Second, a lot of those 30 points were on putbacks and dunks. Putbacks are a result of your defender not boxing out, and has very little to do with your ability on the offensive end. Dunks depend on where you caught the ball. I see Roy catching the ball much deeper in the post than he does this year. Part of that is Kaman letting him get down there without a fight. The longer, more drawn out post plays were later in the game, and by that point Roy had his confidence at a high level.
He did see to be more "active" in that game from last year, so there could be a small injury, but I think it's got more to do with who Roy was playing than how Roy was playing.
he looks a lot more active and less luggy
"So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.
Let's not talk about this. Too painful.
Biggest thing I noticed, his shoulder fake to hook shot move is a lot quicker and more fluid in this video than it has been at any point this season. Really his shoulder fakes in general are just much better last season than they are now. He used that to create space for hooks and to get over someone for dunks. Now his shoulder fakes look a tad slow, too easy to defend.
I remember when they tried to have Smits put on extra weight, it was not pretty, probably the worst time of Rik's career.
Larry Brown came in an immediately had him lose weight and he was much better after that. I think technique and balance are more important than bulk for posting up and holding position.
"Just look at the flowers ........ BANG"
Lift also doesn't look good compared to last year. Maybe too much upper body weight with not enough leg work put in to counter it.
I have never been in favor of any player ever "bulking up" on purpose. As a player ages, they will naturally get a little thicker. especially as they go from a 21 year old to a 25 year old.
I would hope the Pacers have shown a breakdown of tapes to Roy so he can see the difference.
I suspected this, but having now seen this video I am shocked at how striking the difference is
He does look much heavier, I noticed it right away at the start of the season. This video is proof. he is much quicker player in that clip.
I'm pretty sure the weight gain was intentional, but it was obviously a bad idea. I hope he rethinks that strategy and slims down to at least last years weight and works on fitness over bulk muscle mass in the off-season.
Seems like a lifetime ago.
I've been thinking all year that Roy looked out-of-shape. He has talked about conditioning problems early in his career and I thought that's what we were seeing again. Hopefully it was intentional weight gain, if it was it should be all that much easier to get rid of.