Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Bonzi: Not the Guy He Plays on T.V.

OK, so we've run out of clever puns involving the word "Bonzi." We've failed you - please find it in your heart to forgive us.

The Bonztacular One (whew) was on the Rise Guys this morning, chatting about second chances, defense and crappy golf scores. Less than informative and certainly not hard-hitting, but the interview gave some nice insight to who Bonzi will try to be in his Sacramento career. If KHTK archives it on the site, it's definitely worth a listen.

Bonzi's best quote was on his defense, where he told fans not to expect him to lock down the opposing two-guard every night. There's no doubt the trade for Bonzi immediately made him the best defender in the starting five - but really, a 65-year-old Bill Russell could be the best defender on this squad. But it appears Bonzi grasps that this team won't be holding many teams below 90 points this season, and also that the West still has some pretty decent SGs (hi, Kobe and Manu and Sugar Ray).

Bonzi came off of as incredibly personable and even funny (we laughed twice). Of course, he's not going to come out and be a jerk in one of his first media appearances in town, and the Men of Rise were obviously (and correctly) soft in their few questions about Bonzi's checkered past. He responded to one of those questions by saying he's "not the guy he plays on T.V." - that because he's a tough, physical, mouthy player, his rep as a meanie is blown up.

We were all for Bonzi when it was rumored, when it happened and when it appeared he would be the only big move. Shareef Abdur-Rahim was a fantastic signing, but who's to say the Bonzi move won't be bigger for this team if the one-year stint turns into a several-year tour. Perimeter toughness, a low post presence and some positional versality - that's a pretty good package for an oaf and damaged goods.


Anonymous Carl said...

Picture caption: Please, not the face! Anything but the faaaaace!!!!

(Got nothin')

7:06 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Nice, Carl. Also, "Please don't step on my feet."

9:23 AM  

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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