Morning! Some stuff to warm up the Drawer...
Mike Barrett posted this on Blake coming back. He also talked about Boom Boom Batuuuuum:
The one thing we thought could happen, did happen in practice on Tuesday- 19-year-old Nicolas Batum was running with the starting five during the many drills that took place. Batum's development has almost been astounding the past few months, and following his 16-point performance against Utah on Sunday, was rewarded with getting a look with the black unit.
After practice, McMillan said not to read too much into the fact that Batum was apparently the starting small foward, at least in this practice. "He's very young, and I haven't made any decision yet. I just think he's deserved a chance to show us what he can do with the starters. I'll still run Travis with that first group, and will probably try Rudy there as well." But, clearly, the expectations placed on Batum have been adjusted in the past two weeks. That's a good thing.
Considering Batum doesn't have a great grasp of the English language, he's seemed to take to McMillan's system like a fish to water. In practices, like today's, nothing ever has to be explained to him twice. That just doesn't happen with 19-year olds who don't speak the language. He's looking more and more like he's going to be an impact player sooner than later. What a steal.
And I'm guessing you saw this update from Lance talking about randomness from yesterday's practice.
Jason Quick says The Channing Frye Show is back [sic? shouldn't back be capitalized?]
And if you haven't already seen 'em, pleeeeease check out crazytrail's sweet photoshop skills he's got on display. Those are dope. I don't know what that means, but I think it means cool. I don't mean they're Shawn Kemp-like, just to be clear.
Also, and lastly, was lurking over at Third Quarter Collapse, the SB Nation Magic blog, and I saw this when I went to sign up so I could comment:
We dominate everything, baby.