There were two articles in today’s daily’s about Eric’s return:
– The Metro reports on some of Eric’s other options including the revelation that he was offered a spot on the ABA champion Vermont Frost Heaves.
– The Herald also ran an article which concentrats a bit more on what the team itself looks like and Eric talking about just how excited he is to be back in Halifax. And why wouldn’t he be? Unrivaled media coverage, a small city – but a city none-the-less, passionate fans, and with the current line up, a chance to contend. Both articles include Eric talking about how he is willing to score less if it means winning more games, and this is the perfect attitude. The chance to make the jump to the next level for these guys relies on team success – no one cares if you’re a stud on a losing minor league team.
I am really, really excited to have Eric back. He is perfect as the face of the team, and he really genuinely likes playing in the MetroCentre. I was watching some of the Rainmen’s highlight videos the other day and I think I just got so used to Eric’s athleticism last year that I forgot that not every minor league hoops team has a guy who plays above the rim like that. The guy is incredibly gifted, particularly on the offensive glass. No one has someone who can throwdown put bank dunks like him. If he get the chance to work on his passing and defensive game this year then other teams are going to be in serious trouble.
In other news: Andre Levingston told me that David Bailey is, in fact, signed by the team. What an unbelievable front court.
The team is loaded with talent, and unlike last year, it’s mostly proven talent. I think Levingston and Lewis have already show improvment whent it comes to knowing how to build a team, here’s hoping that Rick Lewis has some better in-game skills from the bench. Last year he lacked talent and had to try to make it work, this year he has the just as difficult problem of having too much talent and having to try to make it work. It’ll be interesting to see if it works. I honestly can see Halifax winning it all if they add a solid 2 guard and everyone is willing to work as a team.
If the league kicked off today the roster would look like this:
- C – McGriff the Crime Dog
- PF – Eric
- SF – Sanders
- SG – Jeanty
- PG – Hammack
- C2 – McNeal
- PF2 – Bailey
- SF2 – Silverhorn
- PG2 – Twyman
Halifax still need to add a couple of shooting guards, and I’d like to see Jeanty come off the bench due to his versatility, but that team looks good and there is going to be a war for the starting spot at small forwad.
Also: look at that second unit – toss a decent two guard into that line up and I think our second unit this year would beat the starting unit the Rainmen were throwing out on the court in January/February of last year.