Jonah Bolden signs 10-day with Phoenix Suns
Phoenix only have one actual game (against GSW) between now and Feb 22!
I don't think it means Brown has removed him from Olympics calculations.
Could have been amicable, Brown might want to see a Bolden get more opportunities elsewhere since theres not much room for him at the 76ers.
That said i think theres only room for one of Bolden and Maker in Tokyo. And Maker > Bolden easily.
Agree with #567.
Just because he doesn't suit NBA doesn’t mean he won’t suit FIBA ball. Just because his skills didn’t suit that 76ers squad doesn’t mean he won’t suit the Boomers squad.
I would rate Maker’s experience higher than Bolden’s right now, although I think Bolden has a higher ceiling long-term.
HOWEVER if the problem is between his ears, then he won’t suit ANY squad.
Even if you look past what Bolden did before the world cup, which we shouldn't, he is hardly a lock. I can admit he has some intriguing tools and all the potential in the world to be a very good player. But he's been cut from the 76ers, which suggests to me that Brown isn't totally sold on him. And while the NBA and FIBA basketball are different beasts, being cut by Brown likely would cause the same kind of animosity towards Brown that Bolden had for Lemanis, and at least suggests that while Simmons is an absolute lock, and if Thybulle makes himself available, he probably is too, questions still remain as to Brown's view on Bolden and vice versa.
Would have been great to bring in either Thon or Bolden when we were struggling and tired late in games at the World Champs. Real X Factor players who could change the flow of the game.
Bolden proved himself in the second game against Canada and was on his way up the depth chart. Unfortunately Jonah lost the plot and made himself much more difficult to include again.
We would have won a medal at the world champs if we had someone which knew how to coach and lead. Don't see anyone bagging all the USA players which with drew before the tournament. He probably got a call from his his manager to fight for his career or play for his country which he was going to play 2nd fiddle to Bogut and the way Lemanis coaches with his game plan which doesn’t suit a 4 man. Brett Brown would have known that he wouldn’t get game time at the 76ers so to get him ready in courage him to look else where that’s why he go waived and hopefully this situation will help him just like Thon
Play Bolden over Bogut? Guy is 35 and struggles to move at times, but id take him every time over Bolden.
I think the issue was more Nick Kay playing over him. It hurt his delicate feelings so he quit. Thats the crux of it.
The Bolden hype here is laughable. He has potential but has done NOTHING to date to prove he belongs with the big boys on a consistent basis.
I feel like sometimes people get excited by guys just because they look like basketball players. Bolden hasn't done anything yet. As for where he was in the Lemanis rotation, Lemanis has a system to run. If you don't know the system you're going to be behind the eight ball. Whose to say his minutes weren't going to increase dramatically once he learned his role? But no, he couldn't be patient. He couldn't prove to coaching staff he was good enough to leapfrog Kay and Landale (which I believe he could have done). Landale's form dropped during the Cup, and Bolden could have eaten those minutes. But no, his ego was hurt so he ran away with his tail between his legs.
As for the Team USA guys who dropped out, they didn't commit to the team, play the warm up games then bail, so that is no kind of comparison.
This might sound ignorant but his Dad was an out and out legend but Jonah is getting by on his name more than anything he has done. I want to see him succeed but I think Bruce has been the far better player but Jonah still has the potential to have a very good career and I truly hope that he does and gives Boomers selectors a hard time on whether to pick him or not.
Jonah's dad's name wouldn't be worth anything in Europe or the USA so I don't think it's fair to say he's getting by based on that. He's clearly a talented player.
Needs to get some consistency though. And an attitude adjustment, because the fragile ego he displayed in 2019 isn't going to do his Boomers chances or his pro career any favours. But that's fixable.
I hope we play a 3 out system to utilise Ben as much as possible.
2 Back Up C (2 of Maker/Bolden/Bogut/Landale)
3 Rotation Wings (Broekhoff & 2 of Cook/Goulding/Creek/Green)
2 Back Up PG (Exum and Delladova)
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