I like Walt as much as the next person (hey, they don't make you executive vice president to the chairman of the in-the-closet wizfanclub for nothing
), but a few weeks of awesome basketball doesn't "solve" our problem at SF. I no doubt want to keep him, as he could provide some veteran leadership and be the spark off the bench along with Cuttino. Wizard has a good offensive repetoire and has provd he can drain from the outside with consistency, take it to whole without giving us heartattacks and has rebounded well on top of that. But he is, always has been and always will be a defensive liability with a streaky shot. His defensive defencies will never allow him to be a starter for a championship calibre team. Sure, we're anything but that right now, but thats where we one day want to be, right?
If we could acquire Bo Outlaw or possibly Rashard Lewis in the off-season, I would start Williams in the beginning of the season, and let the better player over the course of the season start during the stretch run. In the beginning of the season, Walt didn't have much competition for his playing time, and that led to him underachieving. Now, he has realized that unless he stepped up his play, he would be dumped in the off-season so he stepped up in the biggest way. But unless we acquire or draft someone who could threaten to take his starters minutes next season, he will feel safe and satisified again and will play without motivation or fear. In my opinion, the Wizard was custom made to be a adequate to good starter, and a very good to great bench player.
Azim da Dream
True champions do not take their failures to heart and never let success go to their heads.
[This message has been edited by Azim da Dream (edited April 16, 2000).]