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  Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Lucas Tischer Season Ending Comments
By Jonathan Givony

By href=/profile//> Daniel href=/profile//> Bernz

The href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> Tischer href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Keltek/S„o href=/profile//> Josť href=/profile//> dos href=/profile//> Pinhais, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> eliminated href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playoffs href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Telemar href=/profile//> (the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season). href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> words href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Lucasís href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

Before href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> Tischer href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> underachiever. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> young, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> failed href=/profile//> miserably href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> numbers, href=/profile//> besides href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> there, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> considering href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> attributes. href=/profile//>

This href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> start, href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> injured, href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> consecutive href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> wasted href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//>

He href=/profile//> came href=/profile//> alive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> comeback, href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> totally href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> changed href=/profile//> dramatically; href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> footwork href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> vastly href=/profile//> improved, href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> footspeed. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> positioning href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> improved, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> importance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game: href=/profile//> consistency. href=/profile//>

Still href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> aggressive href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> tries href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> dunk href=/profile//> everything href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> way, href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> transformed href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> factor href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> player. href=/profile//>

On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> solidified href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> moves, href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> traditional href=/profile//> baby href=/profile//> hook href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> scoop href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> footspeed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> dunks href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> lay-ups. href=/profile//>

On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> end, href=/profile//> Tischer href=/profile//> became href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> liability, href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> massive href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> displaying href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> positioning. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> man-to-man href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> dramatically, href=/profile//> plus href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> eliminated href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> fouls.
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As href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> today, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Brazil, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> one, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> competition.
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The href=/profile//> underachiever href=/profile//> label href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> gone href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> performing href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> now. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 13.8 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 67% href=/profile//> FG, href=/profile//> 12.7rbs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1.14blocks, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 25.6 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game.
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Making href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> comparison href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> Brazilian href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> departed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Denver href=/profile//> Nuggets, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> similarities.
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Nene, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Brazil, href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 13.2 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 66% href=/profile//> FG, href=/profile//> 10.1 href=/profile//> rbs href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 1.7 href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Although href=/profile//> Nene href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> left, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> younger href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> Tischer href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> attitude href=/profile//> and, href=/profile//> surprisingly, href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> mature, href=/profile//> Lucasí href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Neneís. href=/profile//> Both href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> athletic, href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong, href=/profile//> posses href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> footspeed, href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> dominating href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Brazil. href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> inch href=/profile//> taller href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> Nene, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> wingspan. href=/profile//>

It href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> breakout href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Brazil, href=/profile//> however, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> flaws href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on. href=/profile//>

Lucasí href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> raw. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> displays href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> awkward, href=/profile//> unnatural href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> throw href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> attest. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> shotblocking href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> tends href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lower href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> arms href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> timing href=/profile//> either. href=/profile//> Plus, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> currently href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> passive href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> tries href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> fouls href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> rising href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> rejections. href=/profile//>

He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> IQ href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> level, href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> commits href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> fouls href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> concentration href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> improvement. href=/profile//>
His href=/profile//> attitude, href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> aspect href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> raises href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> doubts href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> During href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> immature, href=/profile//> easily href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> frustrated href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> concentration. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> reaction href=/profile//> towards href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> teammates href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> crowd, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> behavior href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> annoyed href=/profile//> person. href=/profile//>

By href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> accounts, href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> physically href=/profile//> strong, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> mentally href=/profile//> weak. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> doubt href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tools href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> happens href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> challenge href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do. href=/profile//>

Tischer href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> prospect, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> body, href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> moves, href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> one-on-one href=/profile//> defense/offense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> percentage href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> strengths. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> adjustments, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> away.
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If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> brings href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> displayed href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> workouts, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> landing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> spot. href=/profile//>

If href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> Tischer href=/profile//> manages href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> repertoire, href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> attitude href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> properly, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> starter href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2-3 href=/profile//> years, href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> doubt. href=/profile//> Teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> steal, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> sense href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Phoenix href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 57th href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> example.

 
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