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Monday, April 24, 2006

Why won't Simmons attack the rim?


If you've ever seen Bucks SF Bobby Simmons up close, you might confuse him for an NFL Tight End. The guy is a house. So why does he play so passively? The Bucks need him to grow a set of cahones (sp?), and I mean right now.

Take a look at the box score from Game One of the Bucks-Pistons play-off series. Neither team shot very well at all. The difference in the game: free throws. The Pistons made 24 free throws. The Bucks attempted a mere 10. The Bucks need someone who is willing to attack the rim. Simmons should be that guy.

In order to get to the free throw line in the NBA, however, you have to be willing to accept punishment. You need some courage. Piston players have it. Consider that Pistons G Richard Hamilton, who looks as though he has to dance around in the shower just to get wet, made more free throws than the entire Bucks team attempted. He is clearly not afraid.

Compare that to Simmons. Simmons, who is twice Hamilton's size, played 33 minutes, took eight shots, made only 2, and never once got to the free throw line. Sure, Simmons is not alone. Of the Bucks' starters, only Redd and Magliore went to the line. But Simmons absence is particularly frustrating because he is an outstanding free throw shooter, and a mediocre field goal shooter. He must know this. If you were him, wouldn't do all you could to get to the foul line? Wouldn't you attack the rim with impunity?

Yet he never does. He stands outside and lofts rainbow jumpers that rarely hit home. If I were Stotts, I would take Simmons aside and tell him, the only outside shots you are allowed to take are wide open jumpers. Everything else had better be drives to the basket. He's of no use to the Bucks as a muscle bound wimp.

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