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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It is and it Isn't

Here is a CURIOUS qoute from Sentinel:

"Milicic was working with the second group, despite the fact that starting power forward Tony Battie (sore right knee) did not scrimmage with the first team. Coach Brian Hill elected to put veteran Pat Garrity in Battie's place at power forward. Asked if it was a big deal whether he started or not, Milicic, responded, curiously, "It is and it isn't.""


  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Gett'em matt,this is exactlly the shit i was talking about,BSH is gonna make darko earn everything,i have no problem with darko earning it from battie,but pat now,not playing darko with the starters with battie out is just STUPID,if his excuse is that he wants darko to understand how to play with the second team,then we as fans are in big trouble because we might not see darko start at all this year,and pats gonna play plenty anyway under this guy we might as well get used to it,i'm gonna go puke now at that thought!

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm hoping it sounds worse than it is.

    So far in camp, there as been a lot of talk about the battles going on with Darko and Dwight, so I'm hoping they are just using each other for the competition as of now. Still, with Battie going out, and Garrity filling in; the only other thought behind that is senority OR maybe not… If you were going to run the 1st unit against the 2nd unit, and the 1st unit had Dwight and Darko, who would the 2nd unit use to even make it competitive, Bo, Augustine, and Garrity? It just depends on how you look at it. I don’t envision this happening a few weeks from now. As of now, I think it’s for competition reasons. Remember, we still have a long preseason ahead, where in a situation like that, I expect Darko to be side by side with Dwight.

    I listened to the podcast when Darko was asked the question about starting, and he's thrilled to be here right now, so I'm not worried yet. Now if the season comes along, and Garrity starts a single game, then I might flip! But if you recall last year, when the Magic hit a stride, Garrity came back from injury, and rarely played. Darko played those minutes, so I don't see why that will change this season.

    My point, we have no reason to worry about Garrity getting the call over Darko. That just won’t happen when the season hits. My only concern is between Darko and Battie. And as far as Garrity goes, as long has his minutes stay in single digits, I’m happy. But I have a feeling there will be many DNP’s for Garrity this year.

  • At 4:52 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I tend to stay on the positive side, too. Darko's answer to the question is best described by Schmitz, as curious, and that is the way I see it, and nothing more. Introvert316 has some valid points on the competitive match-ups. The problem is you want your first unit to play with each other in practice as much as possible, so that they will be ready comes action time.

    Once again, to put it in the simplest terms, if you have the right candidate why not put him in the position and set the goals that he has to meet to maintain it? In this scenario, in case he loses it, there would be a higher probability that he would try harder to earn it back, since he has tasted the flavor of being there.

  • At 5:20 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I really can't disagree with you Matt. That is pretty much what I want for Darko. I'm hoping he'll be tossed into the starting lineup once preseason hits, but I have a feeling that won't happen.

  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    You see; Big Figure is disgusted, and so am I, but I am not surprised. I predict that we will see a lot of Pat Garrity. I also know that Darko can outplay Battie and while doing that, as he plays center on the second team, he can show his talents against Dwight, as well. May be that is good for him, in the long run.

    I don't differ with Big Figure on possibility of some pigheaded decisions by Hill. The question is: Do we have to accept it as is, and do nothing about it, or should we air our views anywhere that we can? Remember the old say that "consensus starts with one vote".


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