Nick Friedell at espnchicago was blogging about the Bulls workout of Jonny Flynn. There was one really interesting note to me in the column.
"I couldn't understand why they were bringing me in,
either," Flynn admitted when asked why the Bulls would consider
drafting him with Rose on the roster. "But they talked to me and said
[there are] times when we wish to move Derrick Rose off the ball, and
things like that. When they said that to me, it started all falling
into place. Everything went well, it was great."
Look, if you want to replace Hinrich or just take the BPA, then fine. I get it. That makes a lot of sense.
However, do you really try to move Rose off the ball? He's not going to be a good
shooter off screens or catching and shooting threes. He can probably
make good cuts to the basket, but it seems awfully tough to
design plays to work off cuts repeatedly. Maybe you run him off screens and deliver the ball and have him drive off of them instead of shoot. That could be effective I suppose, but it seems like a more complex way to set up what a pick and roll would set up with less work.
I guess it gives teams a different look to worry about, but seriously, why would you ever want to go out of your way to do this? The advantages seem so few and the disadvantages so many. If you figured you had to move him off the ball occasionally to get a guy on the floor or because of roster make up that's one thing, however, to actively pursue it as a goal is another.
Seriously, anyone? I'm scratching my head on this one.
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