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Payday for J.J.

Having been something of a Jared Jeffries detractor for a while now, I'm glad to see that genius general manager Isaiah Thomas seems to think he's pretty damn good.

July 29, 2006 | Permalink


Signing Jeffries is a no-brainer move for a team willing to pay tax like NY or Dallas. JJ has the smell of a hit or miss prospect - he could end up being very valuable, or he could end up never panning out. And a team willing to pay tax can sign someone like that and suffer no bad consequences if he doesn't pan out.

I'm curious to see how Grunfeld responds. I'd match the offer without a second thought, personally. Fast 'n' long is a good combo in the NBA, even if the skill set still needs development.


I'm definitely pro-basketblogging, but I'll note the paucity of movie blogging around here of late.

And in that vein, I'll offer the interesting case of director John Duigan. I think he's an unusually good filmmaker, but he gets little attention due to the fact that he works in a very unfashionable genre. Duigan is the epic bard of dirty old man, Cinemax-esque, soft-core erotica.

He's had a few well regarded movies like The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting, and Lawn Dogs. But the bulk of his movies are regarded as low brow trash like Sirens, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Head in the Clouds.

I finally saw Head in the Clouds recently, and while some of it is absurd in the way all movies of the genre are absurd, much of it works incredibly well.

I'm generally interested in people doing good work in unappreciated genres. It's why I was pleased to see the brilliant Head-On TV spot get attention, and why I enjoy reading Mickey Kaus on politics. There's always a competitive advantage in being to get a vantage point separate from the flock.

Posted by: Petey | Jul 30, 2006 3:16:37 AM

matthew, i'd say the issue with isaiah isn't that he doesn't know individual talent - he has a good track record there - it's where he knows how to build a team....

Posted by: howard | Jul 30, 2006 3:42:51 AM

er, good grief, not "where" he knows how to build a team, "whether" he knows how to build a team. sheesh.

Posted by: howard | Jul 30, 2006 3:43:55 AM

I really don't get the interest in Jeffries. I don't understand why anyone would think that he might get better in a new uniform. He's not a freak athlete like Kwame Brown, nor have we heard that the coaches have been unusually hard on him. His game is too limited to make a claim that he just doesn't fit into the Wizards' system; what is there to run up against Jordan's offense?

DC should let him go. Isiah has a deserved reputation as a canny evaluator of talent, but so do a lot of other GMs, none of whom seem to be bidding for Jeffries' services.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Jul 30, 2006 10:55:32 AM

Does this mean you are officially no longer a quasi-Knicks fan and have adopted the Wizards as your primary rooting team?

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Jul 30, 2006 1:28:24 PM

Can anyone explain to me where Jeffries is supposed to get his minutes in the current Knicks rotation? Are we getting rid of Quentin Richardson or Jalen Rose (not that I'd complain if we got rid of either)? None of these swingmen can really get many minutes at the 2-guard--we already have three undersized shoot-first point guards to split time at the guard spots.

Isiah Thomas is Montresor and all Knicks fans are Fortunato.

Posted by: Antid Oto | Jul 30, 2006 2:08:36 PM

Excuse me--not undersized for point guards, undersized for 2-guards.

Posted by: Antid Oto | Jul 30, 2006 2:09:32 PM

Can anyone explain to me where Jeffries is supposed to get his minutes in the current Knicks rotation?

Oh, it's easy enough. Robinson at the one, Francis at the two, Marbury at the three, Jamal Crawford at the four, and Jeffries plays center. Seriously, the problems with the Knicks' rotation has nothing to do with Jeffries....

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias | Jul 30, 2006 3:12:00 PM

No. But the addition of Jeffries doesn't address them, either.

Posted by: Antid Oto | Jul 30, 2006 11:54:33 PM

He's gone. The signing of Songalia basically sent the message. Blatche can fill in anyway. People have been waiting for about the last ten years for Jefferies to break out. He has a great basketball body and no feel for the game, and he's not getting better. The New York fans will drive him out of town in two years.

Posted by: anskul | Jul 31, 2006 3:30:58 AM

I guess I would say let him go, but doesn't Brendana Haywood make about the same amount of money? And isn't JJ MORE valuable to the team then Brenda Haywood?

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 31, 2006 8:03:51 AM

And Jared looks better in makeup and high heels...

Posted by: Greg | Jul 31, 2006 1:52:41 PM

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