Pregame buzz: Delonte West on PG and rodeo
West also figured to have quite a bit more experience running the Dallas Mavericks' offense by now, but he took over as the starting shooting guard for Vince Carter in the second half of the season opener and has logged more minutes at the 2 than at the p0int.
"First and foremost, that hurts us a lot with J-Kidd going down," West said prior to tonight's game with the New Orleans Hornets. "He means so much to this team and what we try to accomplish out there. We have guys that are still trying to get acclimated to the sets. It’s funny saying that eight games in, but with pieces that we’re moving around, with guys that play multiple positions, it’s a little tougher than you think it is. When he’s out there he brings that calming spirit to the floor and makes it a lot easier for us new guys."
West is just one of those multi-positional players. So is Carter and so is Lamar Odom. Notice those guys are all new guys. Jason Terry has played more point guard with West's move to the 2 and he figures to continue that in Kidd's absence with Odom also taking turns initiating the offense as a point forward.
But West, averaging 7.5 points (on 47.1 percent shooting) and 3.0 rebounds in 20.6 minutes a game, is the only other true point guard on the team. Rodrigue Beaubois is far more comfortable at the 2 and Dominique Jones is a combo guard that has shown some signs of being able to run the point from time to time, but not any type of consistent basis.
West said he's now in the process of sort of reprogramming his mind for a second time, this time to start thinking like a point guard again. Carlisle said he will call more set plays than usual with Kidd running the show.
"For me, playing really off the ball the last couple of games, trying to be off the ball and attacking, I have to change my strategy also," West said. "But, being in Texas, this ain’t my first rodeo."
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