By Marcus Thompson
Monday, November 3rd, 2008 at 6:18 pm in Uncategorized.
Watching the Memphis game. They are playing so many youngsters, it’s amazing. O.J. Mayo. Darrell Arthur. Marc Gasol. Mike Conley. It’s obvious they are chalking any unrealistic hopes of contendinga nd giving their youngsters experience. Darko Milicic has hardly broken a sweat. Vet Quinton Ross is coming off the bench. So is Hakim Warrick.
Meanwhile, Anthony Randolph is glued to the bench. The Nets gave three rookies minutes the other night: Brook Lopez, Ryan Anderson and Chris Douglas-Roberts. Of the Grizzlies players I just mentioned, Randolph has the higher upside and the most star potential (maybe Lopez has more). It begs the question: should he be playing? Or is Nellie right by sitting him and making him earn it?
I’m torn. Part of me thinks he’s better than these other rookies who are getting plenty time and not playing delays his development. But then part of me agrees with Nellie that putting him out there prematurely might ruin his confidence and do even more damage. And there could be plenty of time in the second half, if you know what I mean.
What do you all think? Should Randolph get a chance to play now?