community.msgnetwork.com Forums Sports Talk NEW YORK KNICKS USC vs. Oklahoma: Must See TV!! Blake Griffin vs. Taj Gibson
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Thursday, 11/4 @ 7pm on ESPN 2, Blake Griffin goes toe to toe with a power forward, just as big, and just as nasty as him.
While he's not a freak athlete like Griffin, Taj Gibson is one tough hombre. He reminds me alot of David West and Carlos Boozer, while Griffin reminds me of Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin.
Should be a helluva game.
Also look out for USC's Daniel Hackett, a very intriguing, 2 way combo guard that reminds me of Delonte West, as well as Oklahoma's freshman PG stud, Willie Warren. Warren needs to work on his shot selection because he's putting up bad shooting percentages, not because he's a bad shooter (his mechanics look fine) he just takes bad shots, and needs to learn to play at differnt speeds instead of going 100 mph all the time.
I'm going on record right now before any of the hype starts if he plays well during the NCAA tournament or before Chad Ford or Draft Express start hyping him up during pre draft workouts in June. Willie Warren is one of my 2009 NBA draft sleepers.
The kid plays hard, plays tough defense, has great speed, athleticism, has a ready made NBA body with good size @ 6'4, and most importantly has great leadership skills. The team definitely feeds off of him already, which is rare for a freshman PG.
He reminds me a little bit of Russell Westbrook and Javaris Crittenton.
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This should be a good test for Blake. Gibson is a tough Brooklyn boy, that u know is looking forward to this matchup. Im definelty watchin this one.
If we can't get Griffin or a great guard in the draft, Gibson is not a bad consolation prize.
How is it you haven't praised Duke's Kyle Singler,Guy? Although he can jump,run the floor,handle the ball,rebound, drive to the hoop and shoot the lights out from the perimeter,his best attribute is his amazing Court sense. Now a soph.,he is still filling out his 6'8" 220 lb frame and is already stronger than last season.
I know of him, but haven't seen him play. I think Duke's playing tomorrow. May check him out.
Singler is a player!!!
You've seen him play? Kid looks like Richie Cunningham.
LOL, Yeah he does. But the kid can ball though!!!
Really? He started and was Duke's best player as a freshman. The kid reminds me of a bigger version of John Havlicek. His smarts and energy levels are remarkable. I think you will enjoy his play. Being a Duke fan for the past 45 years,I don't think I have seen a better foward there. Jack Marin,Grant Hill and,Shane Battier amongst other were great,but they don't have it over this kid. Keep an eye on Gerald Henderson(You remember his dad,I'm sure)and John Scheyer also. Henderson may be a tweener,but has extraordinary all around ability and Scheyer,who is easy to miscalculate and stereotype as a slow jump shooting Rick Mount,is anything but. He is a brilliant kid who not only can shoot,but has a knack finding every nook and cranny on the floor when driving the lane. He has considerably more mobility than JJ Redick,but has the same feathery touch from the floor and the foul line. Need I say,all of these kids play relentless defense. Their footwork,balance and fundementals are textbook. Very much UnKnick like. Perhaps ex Blue Devil Duhon is a sign of change at the Garden.
Help me out,here,Guy. I am an oldie and remember the great Billy Cunningham. Who is Richie and where does he play?
Next game for Duke isn't until Sat Dec 6th at Michigan(They beat the Wolverines at Cameron Indoor last month)3:30 on ESPN.
Ron Howard from Happy Days.
Ah!! Opie from the Andy Griffith Show.
Also keep an eye on USC's DeMarr DeRozan, a swingman compared to Vince Carter, who so far has not lived up to the hype.
Game's on in about two hrs. I won't be watching it live, so I'm probably gonna watch late tonight or early tomorrow. Enjoy!!
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