Last week I posted that "Hype = Derrick Favors". I was surprised (and disappointed) that most responses viewed my post as a (rush to) judgement that he is or will be a bust. That's not what I wrote. I did say that "right now" he's a scared kid, that got pushed around in the summer league. You can agree or not, but it's what I saw and not what I want to see from a player drafted 3rd in the nba draft intended to play the Power Forward position.
So I'll try again:
"Hope" is the automatic positive internal feeling for success you get when you draft a player on your team.
"Hype" is the "Artficial Sales Pitch Rhetoric" that's intended to give you hope.
So for the record, I "Hope" Derrick Favors turns out to be Great. With the right coaching and players surrounding him, the best of his abilities should come out over time.
By the way, do any of you remember another power forward that was drafted 3rd by the Nets? Buck Williams in 1981. Back then the Nets training camp was on the Princeton University Campus (Jadwin Gym) and I went to just about every practice when I was in college. The doors were always open & I'd sit in the bleachers next to reporters and Nets management during practices. Player and Mgt got used to seeing me there everyday so they didn't mind when I 1st asked Buck if I could rebound for him when he practiced Free Throws. Talk about a great player - even better person. Come to think of it, the coach never hyped Buck - probably because he didn't have to. By the way, Larry Brown was the coach. Let me know if you want more stories of the early NJ Nets 77-85.
In summary, my intent was and still is, for Avery Johnson to stop Hyping this kid. We all see what he is today and no one knows what he will become. His trade value doesn't go up just because you say these things - so please stop. Why chance looking like a fool if your hype doesn't pan out?