The future of Australian Basketball feat. Thon Maker

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Cripps 'n' Blue Bloods

Sir Cripps of Carlton House
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because the ball isn't in possession of the grizzles
I get that. Technically it's not really in dispute either though. Grizz had possession courtside and never turned it over.
It's a stupid loophole if a player could get away with taking over 30sec to get over half court while the ball is in play but nobody has touched it.
There'd be nothing to stop him from running the entire game clock down if nobody came up to defend.
 

Eaglemaniac

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Jun 11, 2013
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Did you watch the game? He was praised for his attacking mindset.

Why does he need to score? They are overflowing with scoring. Similar to draymond - warriors who's 5ppg fits in fine
Yes I watched the whole game, and todays game and all his other games. I’ve watched him go backwards from his first couple of years to be a complete shadow of the player he was. He’s now so scared of attacking the rim he’s basically a non entity on offence apart from the odd pass. Most of his assists at the moment are DHO’s with someone standing right next to him.
The reason he needs to score or at least look like he’s going to score is the defence just sags off him and clogs up the area for his teammates or they double team Durant/Kyrie coz they know Ben is not a threat. Even his defence is rubbish at the moment so he’s not offering much.
At least he went 3 from 5 at the charity stripe today. That’s some improvement at least. 👍
 

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JT_the_Man

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He's 3 games back from over a full season out. Definitely time to be pressing the panic button.
Well that's kinda part of the point, he's looking like a shadow of even the player he was in college, is a bit of a sook (see: sat out a year) and I'm really not sure if he's that much of a difference maker to offset the possible negatives he could bring to the locker room.
 

Happy Mastenator

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Well that's kinda part of the point, he's looking like a shadow of even the player he was in college, is a bit of a sook (see: sat out a year) and I'm really not sure if he's that much of a difference maker to offset the possible negatives he could bring to the locker room.
By sit out a year you mean his back was stuffed? I thought it was accepted now his back was actually in a bad way
 

moistie

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By sit out a year you mean his back was stuffed? I thought it was accepted now his back was actually in a bad way
Yep, you don't have back surgery for no reason.

As troubled as Ben's career has been, it's reasonable to cut him some slack as a screwed back makes it hard to play.

If he's still struggling in January/February then I'll be concerned but for now, just let him get back to trusting his body.

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JT_the_Man

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By sit out a year you mean his back was stuffed? I thought it was accepted now his back was actually in a bad way
Yeah it clearly was when he got to the Nets, but I have some doubts that the issues were present at the start of the season with the Sixers.
 

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Marcel Proust

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Well that's kinda part of the point, he's looking like a shadow of even the player he was in college, is a bit of a sook (see: sat out a year) and I'm really not sure if he's that much of a difference maker to offset the possible negatives he could bring to the locker room.

NBA coaches recently voted him the best defender...
 

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