With Rick Lewis now officially gone it opens up the chance for Crookshank to return, but will Levingston do it? Will he wait for the new coach to be hired and seek his input? It’s obvious that Halifax need some help on the front line and Eric has shown the ability to play centre despite his size. A platoon of Eric, Sanders and Strick at centre is not ideal but it is serviceable and would be an improvement over the status quo. Today’s announcement that Rodney Mayes has been released appears to pave the way for a Crookshank return.
I feel sort of bad for Mayes, but he never did what was expected of him – he was supposed to be a slashing dunker, but he settled for too many jump shots and I think I saw him dunk it twice all year. He could rebound fairly well and made a few hussle plays from time to time but he simply never looked comfortable and a return by Eric would mean his rebounding is only marginally important. It also means that the number 20 jersey is currently sitting unused…
It’s important to remember that bringing Eric back has does not cost Halifax any money – he is being paid anyway and I believe he counts against the cap even if suspended. With Lewis gone there is absolutely no reason to keep him out since it is quite clear that this whole mess was primarily a result of Rick Lewis’ ego. I feel like Andre Levingston is the kind of person who admits when he thinks he’s made a mistake and who does not want to continue to punish Eric – I also feel like he’s a good businessman who wants to protect the value of his investment.
Thoughts? Should Eric be brought back? Will he be brought back?