Connect with us

Featured Content

Dejounte Murray is San Antonio’s Future | The Amoeba

Published

on

The Amoeba is a new weekly column with four thoughts a basketball topic du jour. Named after Jerry Tarkanian and his frantic Amoeba Zone Defense at UNLV.

Hi there. You knew things were not well when Tony Parker sat sideways motionless on the ground, gripping his leg. You could hear a pin drop throughout southern Texas. Chuck and his churros included. The good news in this muck is the Spurs have someone waiting in the wings, waiting for that thing called opportunity. Here are four thoughts on Dejounte Murray.

Readiness

Many rookies will become complacent sitting on the pine, whereas Dejounte soaks things up like a tortilla. A la Cory Joseph, he spent a dozen games with the Austin Spurs in the D-League where he averaged 17 points, seven assists and two steals. When Tony Parker went down with a midseason injury, Murray immediately stepped in to do THIS in Denver, had the game winning shot against Toronto, then did this in the Land:

Old Soul

I remember about 15 years ago, L.A. Dodgers rookie catcher Russell Martin had an mid-game argument with pitcher Derek Lowe. He called time and ran to the mound and chewed out the veteran on national television Lowe had refused to throw the pitch Martin had called for, and it resulted in a run. After the game, Lowe was asked about the altercation and said, I knew then and there Martin was special and he’d have a long career.

I noticed something very similar with Dejounte. Midseason, on a pick and roll, he split the defenders and threw a lob to Dewayne Dedmon for what should have been an easy dunk. Dedmon never rolled to the basket, and it ended up being a broken play. A timeout was called, and while walking to the bench, the 20-year-old wrapped his arm around the 27-year-old’s neck and firmly said, “Roll to the rim.”

Misunderstood

We live in an era where guys who don’t look like a traditional basketball player can fall later in the draft. Ask Isaiah Thomas, Nikola Jokic, and, sadly, Jeremy Lin.

Dejounte is built like a toothpick and dropped into R.C.’s hands with the 29th pick. Eric Fawcett, our resident NCAA expert at Press, had these thoughts:

He shot the ball very poorly in college, and also lacked the explosiveness to finish at a high level around the rim. He scored a lot in the midrange with floaters, but the perception was that he couldn’t shoot or finish at the hoop well. He wasn’t much of a playmaker and turned the ball over a TON. …Also, the Washington team he played for was really bad, so it doesn’t help your look when you’re the best player and point guard for a very underachieving team.

Trust

Pop has never been big on trust with young floor generals; Parker is the first to admit how much his eardrums were rattled his rookie year. Yet Murray’s game is very reminiscent of Mike Conley’s—aggression, composure, smoothness, sneaky athleticism. And that lankiness and preternatural instinct on defense. The Spurs waived Argentinian point guard Nicolas Laprovittola when they realized what they had.

“He’s intelligent,” Popovich said. “He understands when he comes out why he came out. He doesn’t pout or hold a grudge or act like he’s above it all. …He needs to get repetition on pick and rolls, making decisions on the fast break, that sort of thing. He will still do double duty (in the D-League) in that sense, but I just think his potential is off the charts.”

With Tony Parker out for the playoffs, do not be shocked if Pop injects Dejounte into the starting lineup. This is Travolta sticking the needle into Uma Thurman’s heart. The coaching staff wants Manu and Mills playing together off the bench for continuity. Starting the kid ain’t a crazy idea.

Dejounte has done it before, and he will do it again.

Marc is a Montreal-based writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared on NBA.com, Sole Shift Magazine, and Sportsnet. Marc is co-founder of Hoops Lounge, the oldest weekly basketball show in Canada. He was the only Canadian media covering the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Marc enjoys travel, indie films, Pistol Pete montages, and always believing in Kawhi Leonard.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured Article

Ride The Wave

Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers. Things were good then.

Published

on

Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers, drawing in a decent support team and a lot of talk that the West was looking incredibly dominant next to a “weaker” East. Things were good then.

Five months later and things couldn’t be farther from that idylistic picture. The East thrived without the King and GMs put together some of the most noteworthy teams in a while. And the Lakers? The Lakers currently sit in the 11th spot of the Western Conference with very little hope of making it to the playoffs. They’re a team that is constantly attacked for their lack of chemistry, skill, and effort. For the first time in a long time, LA became synonymous with “hopeless”.

This wasn’t the future we saw for the King.

On the heels of a night filled with one of his greatest achievements ever, the Lakers as a team walked away with a loss to the Denver Nuggets. A night that began on a high note went out on one that was equivalent to sour candy. Furthermore, a frustrated team left an arena, hopped on social media, and found a bevy of congrats for their star player, while enduring the storm that came with another Lakers loss.

It seems that James’ stardom has reached a tipping point, one that makes him a GM one moment, the King of the league the next, and finally the biggest point of contention within the locker room. The most notable thing is that it is clearly wearing him down. Chris Martin let us know that “nobody one said it was easy”, but you’ve got to ask yourself, does it have to be so hard?

The answer is unfortunately, yes. It’s always going to be this way, and there is no fighting the current, but there is beauty in riding the wave. Embracing that moment when the wave comes crashing down on you is important, because it’s always going to happen, but your attitude will always be remembered. LeBron rides high, and keeps things in the positive light for the media, but he’s got to realize that they are writing his story, and he doesn’t have to play into their’s. Ride the wave, and take the loss in stride with all the great that has come with it, but take the loss because your part of a team that is.

The wave has crashed down, but the current will bring another.

Continue Reading

Featured Content

Year 15 | A Mini Documentary

Year 15 of a legacy…

Published

on

What’s to come for the man on top, and what got him here?

It’s Year 15 of a man’s career, but it’s also Year 15 of a legacy…

Created by Tristan Laughton | Twitter: @Ctrice

Continue Reading

Editorial

Something Out of Nothing

Published

on

It’s March 2016, and I’m driving with Alan Shane Lewis to Montreal to meet with Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau. We’re meeting to speak about this exciting new idea I pitched to them. We were tired of spinning the wheels on our own individual internet shows, and I told them that it was time we stopped waiting for a network and became the network.

We spoke that weekend about creating a community of content creators that all loved ball and came together to make unique content with unique voices – voices we felt were never heard in the mainstream. This community was the base of Press and we’d continue to push forward from that spot. We spoke about some amazing show ideas, article ideas, social media plan. It was truly an exciting time, and still one of the best weekends of my life.

Two years later and that group is a lot smaller, and that idea is Press Basketball.

It caught fire at the beginning and we had people joining our bright shiny new plaything left, right, and center. It was exciting, but now I kind of realize that a lot of it was just that we were that “bright shiny new thing”.

We ended up with a lot of Press Basketball “members” but when I stepped back and looked at what was happening… it wasn’t what I’d imagined. The fire burned out. The idea was gone. We had just become another thing trying to stay alive, waiting for some deus ex machina to show up with money and make everything okay.

I’ve gone through most of my life making something out of nothing. It’s never easy, but when it happens it’s always worth it… ALWAYS. Press made me feel alive at a point. It was literally all I could think about, and while it still is on my mind, it doesn’t make me feel alive. This hurts more than I can ever explain.

Changes are coming my friends. We’re not laying down and dying, and if we do it’s not going to be like this.

The core of Press will be setting fire to a lot over the next few weeks and I personally can’t wait for this to start. From the ashes something new will rise (I watched a lot of XMEN growing up).

Stay tuned, because it’s not over.

Continue Reading

Featured Content

Featured Article9 months ago

Ride The Wave

Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers. Things...

Featured Content1 year ago

Year 15 | A Mini Documentary

Year 15 of a legacy...

Editorial2 years ago

Something Out of Nothing

It’s March 2016, and I’m driving with Alan Shane Lewis to Montreal to meet with Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau....

Featured Content2 years ago

Lonzo Ball: The New Face of the Lakers

Lonzo Ball is the new face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. The new savior. The Big Baller Brand is...

Content2 years ago

MELO-dy Cool

Carmelo Anthony has been traded away from the New York Knickerbockers to the Oklahoma City Thunder. You probably knew this...

Featured Content2 years ago

Reloaded Raptors Banking on Young Guns

Masai Ujiri is a smart guy. No matter which conference your team is in, you’re either stuck with the issue...

Featured Content2 years ago

Jamal Murray: Maestro in the Making

It’s been four years since the Denver Nuggets have made the NBA playoffs. The last time the Nuggets were playing...

Articles2 years ago

Nikos Galis: The Greatest Greek To Ever Do It

When you grow up Greek, you get the entire culture instilled into your veins. From the stubbornness that flows with...

Featured Content2 years ago

Fantasy Tips from a Man Who Played One Year and Lost

Let me set the scene for you: A cutthroat, 10-team head-to-head league with a zero dollar buy-in, and a few...

Featured Content2 years ago

Talking LA Clippers with Tom West — TWT 99

Hey there, and welcome to another episode of Timeout with Ti. Last time out on episode 98, I (Ti Windisch)...

Press Basketball - The Alternative Basketball Content Creators