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Give Thabeet Thaboot

The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers lost their opening playoff game tonight in defense of their title. That means their next game is already a must win as they could be knocked out by #6 Bakersfield Jam. Starting and playing a required 20+ minutes was Hasheem Thabeet who is on assignment from the Vipers affiliate the Houston Rockets, who recetntly aquired this “project” from Memphis.

Frankly, I think Memphis was glad to part with the 2009 #2 draft pick (the highest ever to play in the D League). I’ve seen him play several game now, and I’m not impressed. As a dedicated Vipers fan and season ticket holder, I’m actually mad that he has to play. In tonight’s playoff game he contributed a whole 3 points of the Vipers 105 in a shocking loss. Those points were free throws. 7 ft. 3 in. and no field goals. No drive, it seems.

No motivation.

He’s lazy.

He’s slow.

He’s been paid big bucks to go down as one of the biggest draft lottery busts in the NBA. He’s taking away minutes from the other actually hard-working guys like Patrick Sullivan, who was a starter before this assignment. Guys that want the shot Thabeet has had and has blown.

He should be dominating, but instead he taking up space on the court. It’s 2 a.m. and I’m upset after watching the delayed broadcast from California on Versus. I try to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but seeing is believing. He’s got his own signature shoes, of course the number’s wrong on his shoes from his Vipers number, since Faye is #32. That’s about all he’s got going for him. I’ve read other posts where fans are glad when he sits, and I can share the sentiment. I feel bad for the guy, well, not really, he’s a millionaire and could be really good possibly, if these types of posts or something would actually motivate him to have some sort of work ethic.

I don’t know what his problem is. I just wish he wasn’t RGV’s problem anymore! There I said it.

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  1. April 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Thabeet got thaboot! This was his 7th and last game as a Viper and was recalled by the Rockets. Good, now the original and hungry, aggressive and hard-working players can defend their title with two must win games coming up.

  2. April 14, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Since Thabeet was recalled, Vipers are 2 for 2 and moving on to the semis. Got the sense that a lot of people didn’t want to come out and say it, but the Vipers are better off without “the dream”. Do you agree or not???

  3. April 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Vipers are 3 for 3 without Thabeet. Hmmm. Patrick Sullivan has been huge! http://www.themonitor.com/sports/hidalgo-49286-outlook-positive.html

  4. April 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    4 – 0 without Thabeet in tough playoff games. Coincidence?

  1. April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

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