Lucas once again brings the goods on his Posting Up blog on the Herald website. Lucas is reporting that the Rainmen have released Leboise Gladden. My thoughts after the jump.
The 6’6 swingman from California never found a groove with the team. He played sparse minutes and I am sure he wasn’t happy with the role (i.e. keeping the bench on the floor) that he had with the team. He was supposed to be Halifax’s much needed slasher to get those easy points and get to the line, but he never panned out.
I hated the guy as a ball player. He seemed to have the basketball IQ of a high school player and he clogged up the end of the bench. His garbage time minutes can go to Benoit or Downey. I actually think that Downey’s speed and jumping abilities can cause some serious problems for teams. Check out his dunk at this year’s black basketball tournament. He needs more time to develope and him getting Gladden’s minutes is only a good thing for the Rainmen (at the gate and on the floor) and for Wiggington-Downey.
I doubt that the team will be able to sign a good player this late, but they should look for a Canadian guy (ex-CIS guy, perhaps?) or ideally a local guy who will be okay with 5-10 minutes a game and can either offer another big body off the bench or some slashing abilities at the 3. We do not need another two guard or combo guard. Ideally a Rob Sanders style Powerforward would be perfect… but I don’t see it coming.
The only two legit rotation slashers on the team right now are Ferguson and Williams, but both of them take a lot of ill advised jump shots. Lewis needs to get them taking it hard to the new more often. I am not really convinced that this problem can’t be solved internally.
One last thought: This may screw up Lewis’ questionable use of two five person lines. The old line up had a second line of Oliver, Eichelberger, Gladden, Williams, Green. With Benoit soming in at the 1-3 at times and Downey riding the pines. This means that Benoit is going to consistantly be our second small forward… yikes! He’s an ultra un-athletic combo guard. I’d like to see an 8 or 9 man rotation depending on need instead of this wholesale subbing, but even in that situation the 3 is still lacking much depth. Eichelberger is a long 3 (not a PF like Lewis tries to play him) but we need him backing up the front line. Richard can play the 3, but again – our lack of a front court keeps him pinned at PF. Ferguson can play small forward, particularly against smaller teams like Montreal, and I think the best bet may be to have him moving to the 3 when Williams comes in the game if Silverhorn is out.
Sometimes I wonder about how this team was constructed, it’s really guard heavy. I feel like Kevin Mabone must have had some wild Nellieball styled plan that he was never able to execute.