So Sammy is talking – already!
I just had a quick conversation with Pete about this. I’ll just come right out and say it, Pete and anyone else that jumps on Sammy because of these comments are dead wrong – period.
Like I told Pete, Sam is right.
You can’t openly call him the “X-factor” and then not play him. That makes no sense at all and if I was in his shoes I would feel the same way. Did you listen to what he said? Or did you just see he was talking about minutes and your hatred did what it always does and clouds the sound reasoning you have?
He talked about playing defense and rebounding. He said that is what his job is and he can’t do that on the bench. Umm, that sounds pretty accurate to me.
He was upset, last season because he played the least minutes of his career (and the team didn’t do any better year over year because of it might I add). As a player I would be upset about getting less minutes as well. Especially considering when you look at his per 36 minute stats and his advanced rebounding numbers from last season you will see that Sam actually had a career year, had a very good year in terms of shot blocking AND took the 2nd least shots per 36 minutes in his entire career.
I do have a problem with his turnover rate vs. low usage rate. He was 14th in turnovers per 48 among centers last season. That is not good considering how little touches he gets. But that is far outweighed by his consistency in rebounding the ball and blocking shots.
I think Brian at the Depressed Fan shares my take on this:
So, what do you think? Sammy getting started with the griping already? You could look at it that way. Or you could listen to what he says, then look at the evidence (Sam fouled out of 2 games, and collected 5 personal fouls in 8 others. That leaves 72 games where fouls should not have severely limited his minutes) and realize that he’s 100%, nail-on-the-head, sure as shit correct. If/when Sam starts bitching about touches on offense, I’ll be the first to jump down his throat, but what he’s saying in this video makes perfect sense.
I concur with Brian and said the same thing to Pete, if Sam starts bitching about shot attempts and being more involved in the offense we have a problem.
We do not have a problem when a guy says I want more minutes so I can play defense and rebound.