Tag:Julian Wright
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 6:20 pm

Julian Wright turned down playing time

Posted by Royce Young

It hasn't been a swell season for the Toronto Raptors. It's not like they were consistent contenders in the way the Cavs were, but without Chris Bosh, they've had some problems.

Problems winning that is.

The latest example was the beatdown the Warriors put on them Friday. Golden State whooped the Raptors 138-100, meaning the Brian Scalabrine All-Stars were about to have their chance. Jay Triano was ready to empty his bench.

And during the third quarter Triano went to forward Julian Wright to check in, but a weird thing happened: Wright refused.

"I just went to the next guy," Triano told the Toronto Star . "I wasn't going to ask him twice."

"I asked him to go in, and he didn't go in," Triano continued. "I know he went to the washroom just before that. I don't know if he wasn't feeling well. I still haven't talked to him."

According to the Star, there was no feeling ill to it. Wright just hasn't been happy with his playing time and didn't want the scrub minutes. Face, Triano.

"Everybody knew [Wright] was mad on the bench," a source told the paper. 

The Raps could technically discipline him under the umbrella of "conduct detrimental to the team," but we'll have to wait and see. Whether that's a suspension or just a fine, I'm sure Wright will get a talking to. If you were wondering, Wright is a restricted free agent this season and found his way to Toronto by way of New Orleans in a trade that sent Jarrett Jack to the Hornets.

After the game, Wright left it open for discussion. "I don't want to talk about it," Wright said. "Speculate on anything you want."

Anything? OK, how about this, I think Wright didn't want to go back in because he was embarrassed about his basketball ability. No, not that. Wright turned down Triano because he knew he would guard David Lee and didn't want that gash in his arm to touch him. Or maybe Wright didn't want to play because he was following the Kentucky-Ohio State game on his phone and didn't want to miss anything.

Or most likely just because he was ticked about his playing time and decided to throw a fit. Yeah, that's probably it.

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:12 am

Shootaround 1.28.11: Desperately wanting

Grizz searching for White Chocolate, Suns looking to keep Nash in the Valley, and Wade joshing about Phil. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Grizzlies are in a rush to try and sign Jason Williams, because they really think he can help the team win. Because they're the Grizzlies. 

Robert Sarver doesn't see the Suns making another trade before the deadline, and definitely doesn't see them trading Steve Nash. Which is a bummer because you'd love to see Nash on a contender rather than feeding Vince Carter in a first round exit at best. 

Deron Williams will have an MRI on his wrist Friday, after hearing it "pop" Wednesday. The word you're looking for is "Yikes."

Dwyane Wade jokes that Phil Jackson just wants to coach the Heat and that's why he's talking up retirement

Were the Cavs close to trading Anderson Varejao to the Thunder before his knee injury?

Well, you can't really blame the Cavs for looking at all options since they're on pace to make history in terms of a downturn year to year. 

Charles Barkley says that the Knicks can never win with Mike D'Antoni's system, which is a popular sentiment. Anything that doesn't prioritize defense and rebounding is going to get shredded by traditional pundits. It would take an overload of talent for the Knicks to get to the promised land with that system, but considering how much matchups rule the NBA playoffs, it's probably a stretch to say they'll never win.  It would take a rare set of circumstances, though.

Julian Wright has to keep shooting, apparently. File under "signs that your team is trouble if you're talking about this."

Tiago Splitter in a cowboy hat. Yee-haw.

Could Larry Ellison be targeting the Kings next? If so, you can kiss Sacramento goodbye. 
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 11:13 am

Pop Quiz: Who's the worst?

Posted by Matt Moore

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a few short weeks. To get you ready for the NBA season, we've put together 25 pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question...

Who will be the worst team in the NBA this season?

It's a depressing question, isn't it? Who's going to fail more than any other? Someone has to win the fewest number of games this year. So who's on the list?

The Returning Champ: The New Jersey Nets

You can't just let the reigning "champs" off the list without giving them a chance to repeat! The Nets were the worst team in the league last year, only able to avoid the worst mark of all time due to a late surge. It was a startling development, one that baffled a lot of NBA heads, because the team really did have talent. But for whatever reason (injury, chemistry, coaching, pure terrible luck), it never came together and the team plummeted into the depths. So are they doomed to repeat history?

The Nets struck out in free agency for the top names but still brought in good players. Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Travis Outlaw, and Troy Murphy will all be suiting up for the Nets alongside Devin Harris, Terrence Williams, and Brook Lopez. With the development of the younger players, the addition of a few talented veterans, and a more demanding coach in Avery Johnson, the Nets may not be in position to push for the playoffs, but they are unlikely to repeat as the worst team in the NBA.

The New Kids: The Toronto Raptors

Our first victim of the free-agency summer of doom. After losing Chris Bosh to the triad, GM Brian Colangelo went on a firesale. He ditched Hedo Turkoglu for Leandro Barbosa and sent Marco Belinelli for Julian Wright. He did spend some money, though, giving Amir Johnson a hefty new deal and bringing Linas Kleiza back from overseas. The Raptors lost a huge chunk of salary, and weren't that great to begin with. They are teetering on the abyss. Will they fall off?

Bear in mind that we're talking the worst here. Not bad, but the worst. And the Raptors could assuredly reach that mark if everything were to go wrong. But there are bright spots. Andrea Bargnani, for all his rebound-void, yogurty, forceless  weaknesses, can still hit from anywhere on the floor, and might actually get to play where he's best (high-post and mid-range) with Bosh gone instead of trying to impersonate a traditional center. DeMar DeRozan has the athleticism and range to be able to become a leader. Sonny Weems continues to impress, Amir Johnson will forever be lauded as the next great (whistle) defensive player (whistle) if only he could (whistle) stop fouling (whistle). If the Raptors drop off a cliff, it'll be because the chemistry wasn't fit to hold, or because the real problem in Toronto hasn't been Colangelo's roster, but Triano's coaching.

The Dark Horse: The Washington Wizards

How could any team with John Wall be the worst team in the league? When you have as fragile a chemistry set as this team does. That's how. The Wizards are a long shot to burrow into the trash heap the furthest, but with Gilbert Arenas anything but a sure thing, there's just no telling how this is going to work out. We thought the biggest concern with Arenas last year was if he could stay healthy a full season. We didn't even get to answer that. Andray Blatche is the third best player on the team, and that could go any number of ways. He could be a consistent scorer, working in tandem with Wall, and showcasing the scoring ability he showed last season. Or he could become a space cadet again. JaVale McGee showed great things in Summer League, but he's yet to prove he can be someone to be relied on as the primary big.

Wall is likely to be good enough to drag this team out of the very basement, and if everything were to go right (and I mean everything), the Wizards could find themselves in contention for the playoffs. But if another chemistry blow-up happens and Flip Saunders is unable to contain the damage and get through, the Wizards could be a two-year disaster.

The Favorite: The Minnesota Timberwolves

Okay, let's try the opposite. Let's try and figure out how the Wolves could avoid being the worst team in the league. Option No. 1, another team has a rash of injuries that makes Houston seem like Phoenix. Okay, barring that, Option No.2, we need the following to occur:

A. Luke Ridnour picks up where he left off in Milwaukee, being a solid game manager and reliable shooter.
B. Martell Webster slides in and immediately begins to contribute as he did in Portland, providing the perimeter scoring missing in Minny last year.
C. Wesley Johnson was in fact, the best player available at 3, better or at least within range of DeMarcus Cousins only without the chemistry problems, and is able to pick up the pro game's speed and awareness necessary to contribute.
D. Jonny Flynn recovers on schedule from hip surgery.
E. Kurt Rambis and David Kahn get over whatever problems they had with Kevin Love last season, and Love is allowed to be on the floor and become the player everyone else believes he is.
F. Darko Milicic actually was worth five years and $20 million, and alongside Love makes for a stout front court.
G. The triangle, one of the more complex and difficult systems to run, which has only been successful for two teams under one coach with the best or second best player in the league at all times, magically works for a lottery team lacking in both veteran smarts and talent.
H. Mike Beasley really was just misunderstood.

That's a lot that needs to go right. Wolves fans tend to think the media picks on them because of their market. As a proponent of small markets, I'm here to say that's not the case. It's because this team is bad. It was built badly, with bad contracts for bad players, with a bad system for its personnel, and it needs significant upgrades at nearly every position and at multiple depth levels in order to make itself right. The Wolves could come together and shove it in the faces of all the doubters. But until we see the actual manifestation of all the supposed potential the roster holds, your Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to be the worst team in the NBA this season.

Posted on: August 11, 2010 2:37 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 2:38 pm

Raptors and Hornets to swap Belinelli, Wright

Posted by Royce Young

In an entirely separate deal from the four-team mega-swap going on between the Nets, Rockets, Pacers and Hornets, Marc Stein reports the Hornets are sending Julian Wright to Toronto for Marco Belinelli.

The Hornets are doing some major shuffling as they try and move old pieces out and bring new ones in. Dell Demps is a smart general manager so with Ariza he's boosting defense with a little offense and with Belinelli, he's bringing in an offensive-minded player to run with Chris Paul. Last season Belinelli averaged 7.1 points per game in 17 minutes a night for Toronto.

Wright never quite lived up to expectation and couldn't ever find a role that fit him in New Orleans. A fresh start in Toronto and potentially more playing time might give finally let him showcase some ability.

The Hornets are clearly active right now and doing what it takes to secure their future in CP3. I don't know if Belinelli is exactly a piece that will fire Paul up or make a massive difference, but if anything, Peja Stojakovic is even that much more expendable and the Hornets have a little depth behind Marcus Thornton and Trevor Ariza.
Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:28 pm

Julian Wright needsVegas League guidance

We interrupt your coverage of NBA free agency apocalypse to bring you Julian Wright's ego run amuck.

So Julian Wright had so much potential and just never got there. The prototypical athletic forward that can't seem to develop consistent moves, touch, or keep his head on straight while defending. Your favorite team probably has one. If your favorite team is the Warriors you have about five.

But the story of a career is not writtten a handful of years into it, it's written at the end. So if he works hard, and continues to committing to developing...

Oh, well .

The Times Picayune in New Orleans reports that Wright has elected not to participate in Summer League. The assumption is that he believes he's got nothing to gain from attending. It's entirely possbile there's some injury keeping Wright out. Or maybe he's got a significant personal engagement he can't break.

But skippig is kind of par for the course for "Juju." He's failed to recognize that you can't skip stages in this league unless you're an elite talent. And like most players, he's not an elite talent. Which means he needs to try and work his way to where he wants to be instead of just saying he's there.

Not the best way to start off with a new coach, there, Juju.

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