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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Next Marques Johnson?

Watching last night's boring-as-hell Bucks game, all I could think about was how good soon-to-be free agent Charlotte Bobcat SF Gerald Wallace would look in a Bucks uniform. He could be the next Marques Johnson.

Yesterday I was pimpin for the Greyhound, Bobby Dandridge. Along with Dandridge, the other great small forward in Milwaukee Bucks history was #6, Marques Johnson. Its a waste of time to pimp for his number to be retired because of some personal issues he had ("Ridin that train, high on..."), but there is no doubt he was a terrific player in Green and Red.

Anyway, I saw visions of him last night in Charlotte orange. Wallace's aggressive, athletic game is similar in many ways to what Johnson's was. Both attack the basket relentlessly and are very comfortable in the post. Both produce at an exceptional rate for the small forward. Johnson probably had a better stop-and-pop game, and Wallace is probably a slightly better rebounder. Nevertheless, the comparisons are striking.

Of course, getting Wallace all boils down to where the Bucks fall in the lottery and whom they pick, as well as whether or not they want to spend some money this off-season (and, of course, the pesky issue of that overbloated paycheck they already owe SF Bobby Simmons). All that and more must be taken into account. Still, if they are going to play the free agent market, I doubt they will find a more productive potential addition than Gerald Wallace.


At March 31, 2007 at 1:25 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

I think the nostalgia is getting to you (and me some times). I don't see Gerald Wallace as anything close to Marques. Marques had an uncanny ability to pass and shoot that Wallace doesn't have....

At March 31, 2007 at 5:13 PM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Marques was awesome, truly. He could drive by you, and then if you played him for the drive, he would stop fast and just tear the net with that low arching jumper. He also always seemed to be playing at full speed (insert your own chemical joke here).

But you're right basically. Nobody can really be Marques again (although I heard him say recently Dwayne Wade is the player whose game is most reminiscent of his own). But I still think Wallace would be a serious upgrade at the 3.

Its all the losing that makes me nostalgic. You start remembering what was just to forget about what is at the moment. But it should get better next year.

Ooh, Oden's in quick foul trouble here.

At March 31, 2007 at 8:05 PM, Anonymous crkone said...

Its been too long to remember what Simmons can do so I wouldn't count him out yet. Hopefully he has a hardworking offseason and we don't need Wallace. He would be nice to have but he will be too expensive.

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