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  Thursday, December 16, 2004

Marko Tomas suffering from false advertising
By Luis Fernández

You href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> heard href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> read href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> lately href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Tomas, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> Croatian href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> born href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 1985 href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> obscene href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Adriatic href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> (close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 20). href=/profile//> Those href=/profile//> reports href=/profile//> mention href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Tomas href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> potentially href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> level. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> mysterious href=/profile//> Euro href=/profile//> freak href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> hands, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 6-8 href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard.

I href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> deny href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> stretches href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Zagreb href=/profile//> (his href=/profile//> brother href=/profile//> Ivan, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> injured), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> nothing href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> actually.

To href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> with, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> handles href=/profile//> aren't href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> special. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> dribble href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> actively href=/profile//> guarding href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> and, href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> teammates href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> pass. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> real href=/profile//> trouble href=/profile//> bringing href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> care href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> defender. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mention href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> surely href=/profile//> suffer href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> practically href=/profile//> everyone href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> quicker href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> amount. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Artest href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> PG's href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> entire href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> imagine href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 6-8 href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> average href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> (on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> level) href=/profile//> trying href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stick href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> jets href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Stephon href=/profile//> Marbury href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dwayne href=/profile//> Wade href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Regarding href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> vision, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> certainly href=/profile//> decent, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> top-notch. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> assisting href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> (3 href=/profile//> per href=/profile//> game) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> primary href=/profile//> ball-handler. href=/profile//> When href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> hands href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> obviously href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> easier href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> assists. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tempo href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game; href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basic href=/profile//> instincts href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playmaker.

If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> full-time. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> handles href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> playmaking href=/profile//> spot.

I href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> understand href=/profile//> why href=/profile//> anybody href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fill href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> wing href=/profile//> positions, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> excelling href=/profile//> there, href=/profile//> instead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> deliver href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> sense.

It's href=/profile//> truly href=/profile//> perplexing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> prospects href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> falsely href=/profile//> advertised, href=/profile//> hyping href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> turning href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> clearly href=/profile//> aren't. href=/profile//> Tomas href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> PG.

 
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