I have never been on the Bayless bandwagon. Not after his stellar summer league debut, not ever. Just because a guy RRROOOOOOOWWWWWRRRRRRRR’s after every play doesn’t make me a fan. To know full well I can pass the ball better than he can doesn’t help either.
But I’m also not averse to letting my feminine side come out and change my mind.
My problem with Bayless is I don’t think he’ll ever make a great passer. Although I do believe he can become good at dishing the ball.
But then, maybe he doesn’t have to be a great passer to fit well into the Blazer system. Maybe the things a "Steve Nash" does can be compensated for with a guy who is tenacious about getting to the hoop. When Oden comes back, a gritty unrelenting force driving through the paint that can’t be deterred may be the perfect blend with the big guy down low. If he gets doubled up on the drive, there’s Greg’s big soft hands just waiting, and to be sure in a situation like that, Greg will be getting it very close to the basket – excuse me for drooling.
Well not only that, his reputation will certainly spread "STOP this guy from getting to the hole." And there’s where you don’t have to be a Steve Nash, teams will have at least 3 players they will have to collapse on, Oden, Roy, Bayless. With a triple threat in the paint Martell, Rudy, Blake, et al will have time to fire up some BBQ, read War and Peace, wax a little, whatever, before they take that 3-pointer. And that’s just the beginning of havoc wrecking scenarios that open up when you have one more guy on the floor that can take it to the hole.
Hmmmm, I just might change my mind about Bayless after all – go ahead, twist my arm.