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Both of these guys and DJ made commitments to their team and Impact that they would be on the roster yet have yet to show. Bledsoe is now in Kentucky playing pickup games instead of with his teammates?

I understand Trey not showing because he supposedly has a nasty sickness but it's sad to me that our 47th pick in the draft is the one setting an example with hard work and leadership on the court. Kudos to Travis Leslie. I'll be surprised if Aminu stays in the league for very long and Bledsoe becomes our starting PG ever.

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Okay honestly CF86, you know you're my buddy and you're a very knowledgable guy about everything, but you need to tone it down with taking this league seriously. Is it disappointing for us that they're not playing? Yes.. it is. But why are you constantly "calling out" these guys over not showing up to a random league that they don't even have a real monetary tie to? You gota realize, these guys are without a job right now, they are not entitled to entertain us (although we'd certainly love them to).

Just try to take this whole Vegas league a little lighter, they're just exhibition games.. Nothing serious, and in no way an indicator or talent evaluator.. Just a fun little league where we can see highlight plays and athletic skills on display. Other than that, it really is absolutely nothing. Don't call out Aminu and Bledsoe because you're angry at them for not showing up, insult them for other reasons. It doesn't make sense... "Aminu and Bledsoe didn't play in an optional league during the summer? Omg.. Aminu's gona drop out of the NBA and Bledsoe will become nothing". Haha.. it's like you're playing a video game, raining plagues on these guys for not pleasing you haha Smile

Again I mean this all with brotherly love but you gota be careful, remember what's important (nothing as of yet), let's wait till the season starts and then we can get in all the trash talking, bashing, and praising we want. Even the Summer League was more important than this, and look where the "stars" of summer league are now (Bayless, Delk, etc..)

P.S- joining this league doesn't in any shape way or form whatsoever represent hard work, a good example, or leadership. You do realize- and this may or may not be true- but the guys in this league might be playing ball in the exhibition games and then going home, sitting on the couch, eating hot cheetos.. While Blake Griffin doesn't show up and he's working out in the sand dunes or shooting 1,000 free throws. Just because they're not playing exhibition games doesn't mean they're not working hard or that they're not leaders

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I get what 86 is saying, this was a good opportunity to get our group of guys who really don't have that much experience playing with eachother, together and playing games against some talented players/teams. Even though the league itself means nothing, having our squad build chemistry with a league like this could have potentially done wonders for their confidence come the real season

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I understand but at the same time, nothing to be "disappointed" over. They'll have plenty of time (and other places they can play at, with the same level of competition if not higher... The competition at Impact isn't that great) to build chemistry in other places, especially when the season resumes. Right now they're unemployed.

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i'm going to have to side with the calm one, this is only a minor league type practice game, sorta like going to an amusement park to have fun. and i doubt that any real....

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aminu's game is soft so it's probably wise for him to stay away from contacts. seriously i dont see ne fire in aminu but bledsoe is fine playin pick up ball. i dont think playin in impact bball will improve his hand. Aminu would have benefited since he looks so awkward in the open court. since the impact ball seems to be high scoring maybe he can try to adjust his game to a run and gun system where he can learn how to use his height and length effectively

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Both of these guys and DJ made commitments to their team and Impact that they would be on the roster yet have yet to show. Bledsoe is now in Kentucky playing pickup games instead of with his teammates?

I understand Trey not showing because he supposedly has a nasty sickness but it's sad to me that our 47th pick in the draft is the one setting an example with hard work and leadership on the court. Kudos to Travis Leslie. I'll be surprised if Aminu stays in the league for very long and Bledsoe becomes our starting PG ever.

Okay honestly CF86, you know you're my buddy and you're a very knowledgable guy about everything, but you need to tone it down with taking this league seriously. Is it disappointing for us that they're not playing? Yes.. it is. But why are you constantly "calling out" these guys over not showing up to a random league that they don't even have a real monetary tie to? You gota realize, these guys are without a job right now, they are not entitled to entertain us (although we'd certainly love them to).

Just try to take this whole Vegas league a little lighter, they're just exhibition games.. Nothing serious, and in no way an indicator or talent evaluator.. Just a fun little league where we can see highlight plays and athletic skills on display. Other than that, it really is absolutely nothing. Don't call out Aminu and Bledsoe because you're angry at them for not showing up, insult them for other reasons. It doesn't make sense... "Aminu and Bledsoe didn't play in an optional league during the summer? Omg.. Aminu's gona drop out of the NBA and Bledsoe will become nothing". Haha.. it's like you're playing a video game, raining plagues on these guys for not pleasing you haha Smile

Again I mean this all with brotherly love but you gota be careful, remember what's important (nothing as of yet), let's wait till the season starts and then we can get in all the trash talking, bashing, and praising we want. Even the Summer League was more important than this, and look where the "stars" of summer league are now (Bayless, Delk, etc..)

P.S- joining this league doesn't in any shape way or form whatsoever represent hard work, a good example, or leadership. You do realize- and this may or may not be true- but the guys in this league might be playing ball in the exhibition games and then going home, sitting on the couch, eating hot cheetos.. While Blake Griffin doesn't show up and he's working out in the sand dunes or shooting 1,000 free throws. Just because they're not playing exhibition games doesn't mean they're not working hard or that they're not leaders

Yea man I understand I've been a bit sensitive but it bothers me that some of our guys are taking days off. This is more serious than it seems. I'm not trying to read into it but think if you were a young player on a team trying to transition into a playoff team? You bust your ass 110 percent no matter what. Leslie has been in workouts from the minute he got drafted and he stuck with this league commitment and has been killing it. Sure it's a glorified pickup game but Bledsoe, Aminu and DJ made commitments to their teammates and the league to show up.

Part of it was me being bummed I can't see them but honestly... the fact that they could be working out with teammates, building chemistry for a playoff run is what really bugs me. I understand what you mean about guys working out solo.... but they can show up for a 2 week Vegas league with an all Clippers squad and work out solo all summer long. They have a lot to gain by building on and off the court chemistry this offseason. It can be the difference between playoffs and no playoffs. If they work together a lot in the offseason there won't be an adjustment period in the regular season.

We saw how effortlessly DJ played with Blake last season right out of the gate. Why did that happen? Because they worked out and hung out together the entire summer. If our players all buy into this philosophy we are going the be far more successful. I'm more irked about Bledsoe because he was working hard all summer and very active with teammates.. then all the sudden he's skipped the Vegas commitment and is traveling all over the place. I understand they deserve their own personal life too... but this team needs to be VERY serious right now if they want to make the playoffs.

As for my Aminu comment... myself and SamMays have been saying for a while now that it won't be surprising if he finds himself out of the league or the last man on the bench eventually. I haven't heard of this dude working out all summer long. In fact besides in early May he's the ONLY Clipper I haven't heard was working his ass off at any point. I mean look at the guys Tweets... bunch of trivial crap and talk about his girlfriend

roll. Dude needs to get serious if he wants to stay on this team. SF is our biggest hole right now and Aminu has a real chance to steal the starting job if he works.

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Both of these guys and DJ made commitments to their team and Impact that they would be on the roster yet have yet to show. Bledsoe is now in Kentucky playing pickup games instead of with his teammates? I understand Trey not showing because he supposedly has a nasty sickness but it's sad to me that our 47th pick in the draft is the one setting an example with hard work and leadership on the court. Kudos to Travis Leslie. I'll be surprised if Aminu stays in the league for very long and Bledsoe becomes our starting PG ever.
Okay honestly CF86,....

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I've built great chemistry with rec leagues playing pickup ball or street ball. Why wouldn't it build chemistry? Any time you get on the court together in a competitive environment and learn each others strengths, weaknesses and the timing of each player you build valuable chemistry. Especially because according to viewers.. these games are intense, competitive and players are playing defense. This isn't some Ruckers Park game or And 1 game. This is a training series with competitive players and games.

Aminu did work out like I said in very early May a few times with the team at the facility. What else has he done the rest of the summer? Yes I don't know them personally.... but between news articles, Twitter, talking to writers and any other way you'd find out.. you can gather at least decently, how much work players are putting in. Aminu didn't improve anything BTW. He shocked himself with his jumper and as the season went on he got worse and worse in every way imaginable. He got more sloppy, his shooting numbers declined and even his defense and turnover rates declined. He went from a solid rookie to a REALLY BAD 8th pick.

Bledsoe is the one I may wanna cut some slack because he's been busy all over the place all summer balling. I just wish more young players understood the importance of chemistry. Recently beat writers and scouts compare our team to the 00-04 Kings chemistry wise and if it's anything close to the truth that's a GREAT thing. The thing is the Kings were traveling together and working out all summer long. It's not about impressing me or about my standards. It's about leadership and initiative.

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I'm thinking from the perspective of a 2nd year player trying to steal a starting job and be a difference in getting this team into the playoffs. It that was me.. and I was paid that much to do it... while getting the best training in the world... I'm busting ass all summer as if it's the regular season.

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Sure it does but it's not something you get mad over. He missed a pickup game.. The guys have been playing pick up ball all over the place this summer. And plus, there's plenty of people that haven't showed up. You think this league has defense and stuff.. I don't care how much emphasis you put on the league and how it's a training series, my friends from ballislife are there filming, it's not competitive at all it's actually very offense and highlight oriented. Why would players risk being super physical and wearing out their bodies for a pointless pickup league in Vegas?

The only reason you don't hear about Aminu working out is because he isn't a popular player (like Griffin) that the media follows around. You don't know if he's working out or not- so why would you automatically assume he isn't (and be so sure of it)? I'm not sure he is working out, or isn't. That's why I don't say anything about it- better to be silent and just let him prove it to me afterwards. And Aminu's jumpshot in college was beyond terrible- he couldn't even make free throws or midrange shots. To say he didn't improve is ridiculous.. Of course he did. He was leading the league in the beginning. Why did his percentages drop? 2 things. Confidence and in game situations.. 2 things that most (born) shooters have, and 2 things that a shooter who has been practicing needs to learn over time. He's not immediately going to be a good shooter. He can make as many as he wants in a row in practice but until he goes through in game situations (and I mean NBA in game situations), he won't have enough experience for that skill to translate.

Players know the importance of chemistry but dude, these guys have their own lives and families.. You think they're just living to please our eyes? They have their own stuff to do. They have their summer to enjoy, and their summer to work out and stay in shape. Some people prefer to play in big rec leagues, some people prefer to play in the vegas leagues, and some people prefer to stay at home and work on their skills with a trainer. I know we both want to see some NBA action but you have to remember, what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors.. Not me, nor you, nor any of the beat writers, have enough priveleges to be by an NBA player's side 24 hours a day to fully be able to judge whether they deserve the criticism you were giving them or not. We are not in the position to be doing that, just remember that we are just posters on a forum, we shouldn't be able to judge people.. No matter how many articles or tweets have been released

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if you watch the 3 minute video posted earlier, the way they are playing now isn't even up to summer league caliber, so why whine about chemistry when this event isn't even coached with drills....

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Yes I think every NBA player should be living to please our eyes Embarassed. I suppose I'll save this thread for when the season rolls around if our young players look sloppy and like they didn't improve.

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You can't compare a regular job with a pro athlete man. They are closer to a military squad. They do everything together during the season and live together on the road. Much much different than desk job co workers.

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Go for it.. But again, that could be many factors.. You can't blame it on one thing like not joining a rec league/impact league. Where is all the other young talent in the NBA? It goes both ways... If this league was the fountain of skill, youth, and chemistry, wouldn't more guys be playing? Think about it

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Yea for sure. I'll trash this thread for now since it's not really productive. I suppose with how slow it's been around here I was less cautious about starting threads.

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this thread hurt my eyes lol.. too much reading going on. I like Bledsoe a lot and I hope Aminu improves.

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