The objective is to break down the situations of particular teams around the league, and that usually means the discussion of specific players. Depending on who that player is, one of two things happen: said player is praised or criticized.
Chris Sheridan, the Editor-in-Chief of the site you are reading right now (and no, he is not editing any of this), joined 1070-The Fan in Indianapolis on Thursday to discuss all things Indiana Pacers. While discussing the point guard situation in Indiana, Sheridan was quite blunt when the name C.J. Watson – the team’s newest backup point guard – was brought up. Here is what he had to say:
He’s a mediocre NBA point guard. He can give you maybe 12 good minutes a night but he’s not as fast as D.J. Augustin is. He’s maybe a little bit better of a shooter, but he’s not what you call a very good shooter. He’s a plug-in guy and he’s expendable.
If the Indiana Pacers want to become a super-elite team, and like I said, they’re close – they’re top two in the East right now – then the point guard position is the one place where they need the biggest upgrade.”
When you’re analyzing a situation, being blunt and objective is a necessity, and that’s what Sheridan did in explaining why he thinks the Pacers need to improve at the point guard position to truly be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. What he probably didn’t expect was that Watson would actually hear every word of it and have a response to what was said about him. Well, that’s what happened, as you can see below:
Not very good, expendable and streaky huh. I’m a make u eat ur words!!!!
— cj watson (@quietstorm_32) July 13, 2013
So it appears these guys won’t be the best of friends anytime soon. I, for one, will be following the play of Watson very closely when next season comes along. If he does play well enough to make Sheridan eat his words, will the writer then apologize for his error in judgment somewhere down the line? Stay tuned.