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13 minutes ago, Allen said:

 

Jaren Jackson isn’t small. You guys act like his scrawny 

 

He is not, but lets that make it easy. Would 3Js be able to face a guy like Marc? Cousins? Pau? KAT? Embiid? Jokic? He is not strong enought, and more important, its his rookie year, he will be in foul trouble a lot of times this first couple of years. Im fine with that, he must be agressive, if we ever want him to become a D anchor,  that is the way to go.

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7 minutes ago, Once_a_hater said:

He is not, but that make it easy. Would 3Js be able to face a guy like Marc. He is not strong enought, and more important, its his rookie year, he will be in foul trouble a lot of times this first couple of years. Im fine with that, he must be agressive, if we want him to become a D specialist that is the way to go.

Gasol isn’t bruiser.  Nobody is down low backing players down anymore 

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4 hours ago, smit-tay griz said:

Lee isn't a wing.

And 190 pound Watanabe isn't a backup 4/5.  Not a real one anyway.

With DD outta here... might it have more more sense go look at a 4/5 guy?   Watanbe's are relatively a dime a dozen.

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He looks to have potential as a really good cheap NBA role player to me.  He is smooth, can shoot and is above average on ball defender.   He blocked a lot of shots including Bamba.  With an NBA development program maybe he can be a hometown here like Swatdadi.

YO

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I dont have a problem with the signing.  The guy is big, can shoot, handle the ball, and is interchangeable at several positions.  If he develops over the next year or so he could be a really good player.

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He might have Battiertential. 

Can we sign DJ Stephens and Markel, too?

I kinda wanna cut all the old guys.

Redshirt Marc/Mike/Chandler.

The 2019 draft looks tasty -- especially if James Wiseman reclassifies.

#2020champs

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18 minutes ago, GrizzliesIQYO said:

 

It's only a highlight video, but I see good defense, good ball handling, nice passing, a good shooting stroke, nice footwork, smooth coordination, and overall smart play.  It looks like he has a good foundation for development.  Of course being a highlight video it's not going to show any boneheaded plays, turnovers, bad shots,etc.

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5 minutes ago, smit-tay griz said:

It's only a highlight video, but I see good defense, good ball handling, nice passing, a good shooting stroke, nice footwork, smooth coordination, and overall smart play.  It looks like he has a good foundation for development.  Of course being a highlight video it's not going to show any boneheaded plays, turnovers, bad shots,etc.

Looks like he fits the Jackson/Dillon/Slo Mo/Jevon timeline.

We need to play 3DD Ball. 3's, Dunks, and Defense. 

Get an extra big man only because I don't trust Rabb and J Mart a lot. One of those guys needs to work on low post defense.

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Was rooting for us to pick up DJ, but Watanabe seems like a good signing in terms of what the Grizz are doing this offseason. They're targeting high BBIQ players with length, defense, and versatility.  Didn't watch him in college, and highlight videos obviously don't show a player's deficiencies, but Watanabe seems to check off those boxes. He's got all of Japan rooting for him to succeed, so I imagine he's going to work his butt off to try and make it.

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On ‎7‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 5:11 PM, smit-tay griz said:

The first and third samples sound bogus.  The second seems pretty close.  Toke might be able to help, but I think it's - Yoo tah   Wah ten ah bee - or something like that.

His D looked decent in that video.

You almost got it until the final syllable.

Japanese vowels are almost always pronounced the same way:

"a" is pronounced "ah" like "fl-aw"

"u" is pronounced "oo" like "fl-ew"

"I" is pronounced "e" like "k-ey"

"e" is pronounced "eh" like "pl-ay"

"o" is pronounced "o" like "go-ing"

Yu-ta  Wa-ta-na-be

Yoo- tah  Wah-tah-nah-beh

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33 minutes ago, tennesseessio said:

You almost got it until the final syllable.

Japanese vowels are almost always pronounced the same way:

"a" is pronounced "ah" like "fl-aw"

"u" is pronounced "oo" like "fl-ew"

"I" is pronounced "e" like "k-ey"

"e" is pronounced "eh" like "pl-ay"

"o" is pronounced "o" like "go-ing"

Yu-ta  Wa-ta-na-be

Yoo- tah  Wah-tah-nah-beh

Okay.  My experience is limited to one overnight stay in the Tokyo Hilton over 40 years ago.  Just faking it here.

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1 hour ago, sativa417 said:

Was rooting for us to pick up DJ, but Watanabe seems like a good signing in terms of what the Grizz are doing this offseason. They're targeting high BBIQ players with length, defense, and versatility.  Didn't watch him in college, and highlight videos obviously don't show a player's deficiencies, but Watanabe seems to check off those boxes. He's got all of Japan rooting for him to succeed, so I imagine he's going to work his butt off to try and make it.

That is another element which I hope drives him to succeed.

BTW, good to see you check in.  It's been awhile.

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Interesting player, with big improvement his senior year.

Interview:

 

College:

 

 

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5 hours ago, GrizzliesIQYO said:

He will drive jersey and ticket sales also even he even plays 1 minute a half.   He has quite a following.

 

YO

This was my first thought about the signing as well. Marketing and $

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Since we're in the South, let's make a little comparison to college football recruiting.

You know how the best thing you can say about the guy who just signed is "we beat out Ohio St., Clemson, and Bama to get him."

Who did we beat out to sign this kid?  I saw on 247 that GW only had to beat out Fordham to get him.  What other NBA teams were the top competitors for his services that we were lucky and generous enough to swing this momentous deal?  

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10 minutes ago, bhoyal said:

Since we're in the South, let's make a little comparison to college football recruiting.

You know how the best thing you can say about the guy who just signed is "we beat out Ohio St., Clemson, and Bama to get him."

Who did we beat out to sign this kid?  I saw on 247 that GW only had to beat out Fordham to get him.  What other NBA teams were the top competitors for his services that we were lucky and generous enough to swing this momentous deal?  

The Grizzlies sign someone to a 2 way contract and you post 10 times in the thread made to announce it as if the sky is falling. Give it a rest. It's a glorified G league contract, not another Chandler Parsons contract.

Where the heck are the drama police when you need them???

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31 minutes ago, Father Pat said:

Where the heck are the drama police when you need them???

??‍♀️Someone hankering for a demerit???‍♂️

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1 hour ago, Father Pat said:

The Grizzlies sign someone to a 2 way contract and you post 10 times in the thread made to announce it as if the sky is falling. Give it a rest. It's a glorified G league contract, not another Chandler Parsons contract.

Where the heck are the drama police when you need them???

They’re saving themselves for when we pick our first 10-day contract.

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1 hour ago, Father Pat said:

The Grizzlies sign someone to a 2 way contract and you post 10 times in the thread made to announce it as if the sky is falling. Give it a rest. It's a glorified G league contract, not another Chandler Parsons contract.

Where the heck are the drama police when you need them???

Im amazed that a thread about a 2 way prospect made it to three pages.

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46 minutes ago, Dwash said:

Im amazed that a thread about a 2 way prospect made it to three pages.

3 pages? What do you guys think this is, a game thread?

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27 minutes ago, El Guapo said:

3 pages? What do you guys think this is, a game thread?

I think it's been a long time since we had a three page game thread.  Two maybe...

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