Jalen Rose had some less-than-kind things to say about Grant Hill and the Duke Blue Devils in HBO’s Fab Five documentary. Grant Hill responds today in the New York Times – and gives Rose’s comments the same treatment Dikembe Mutombo would have given a weak floater.
Thabeet was an absolute game-changer for Connecticut, dominating the paint for Jim Calhoun’s Huskies for three seasons. If he had stayed in school for one more year, he would likely have shattered the all-time Division I record for blocked shots.
Thabeet is no lumbering paint-clogger — he possesses remarkable athleticism and speed for someone his size. He often beat smaller players up the court on the break, and was able to play good defense all the way out to the three-point line. But he’s very raw — he has very few low-post moves on offense, and he frequently struggled when matched up against players that weren’t intimidated by his size (like Pitt’s DeJuan Blair.
NBA Player Comparison: At best, Thabeet’s career could mirror that of another African import, Dikembe Mutombo. At worst, he could end up as a limited shot-blocking specialist like Samuel Dalembert.
Thank god for Henry Abbott at True Hoop. Without him, I’d probably never see things like this:
Of course, I still think the most convincing Dikembe Mutombo impression comes from this guy:
Yeah yeah, it’s been a while. I was busy unwrapping my Christmas present from NBA.com. Check it out:
NBA.com offers these little flash widgets on every player page — just grab the code and you can embed a little Dikembe Mutombo in your blog or a little Smush Parker on your MySpace page. (And who doesn’t want some Smush on their MySpace page?) We’re using Dikembe as the example in honor of the fact that he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into second place on the all-time list for blocks last night. The big fella has now wagged his finger 3,191 times. That’s a whole lot of “get out of my kitchen.”