Writer's Note: This is part nine of a 15-part series where I review the 2010-11 season of each of the Cavaliers players. Each player will be titled with one of this summer's movies for a little added fun. I couldn't think of any better order to do this so I'm going alphabetically. Today: Ryan Hollins. Up Next: Antawn Jamison
How do you start a piece on Ryan Hollins?
I found one site breaking down Hollins' game that described him as being very athletic and tall (duh), but that he "lacks basketball skills." Another awesome tid-bit from that same site is that his favorite shot is the "putback dunk."
Can I just end with that? Seriously? Would anyone really care?
How are you an NBA basketball player getting payed millions of dollars and yet you "lack basketball skills?"
I'll tell you why. It's because of the "duh" factor that I mentioned above...he's seven feet tall. And as the saying goes, "You can't teach being tall."
There will always be a place in the NBA for athletic seven footers no matter how poor their skills are.
I'm going to spare you all the crappy stats. Safe to say, he isn't our best player.
I did find out one positive fact in my research, though. He really improved his production in the month of March with increased minutes, actually averaging 10 points and four rebounds per game.
Don't let that fool you, though. Hollins has no long-term future on the the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He will probably stick with the team next year as a back-up center. but Semih Erden will push him for minutes to back-up Anderson Varejao. (I can't believe I actually wrote that last sentence. As if it matters who the second string center is. And the thought of Erden actually pushing anything or anybody in a literal or figurative sense is almost laughable.)
When I was going through my process of scanning the upcoming movies on IMDB.com I came across a documentary titled "Project Nim."
The synopsis of the film is as follows: "Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s."
To me this just screamed Ryan Hollins' name.
Before you all call me a racist or whatever else, I'm not insinuating that Hollins looks, acts, or has the intelligence of a monkey. So back off with those comments.
"Project Nim" is basically about taking an animal that bears similar resemblance to a human and trying to fit it into human life, where it didn't belong. (This all took place in the 1970's. Shocking...I know.)
That's what Ryan Hollins is. He looks like he should be a basketball player. He's athletic and really tall.
Except that he doesn't have the requisite skills to be an NBA player. He just doesn't belong.
But for as long as we have science, there will be scientists who try to make monkeys into humans.
And as long as we have the NBA there will be GM's who try make tall athletes into basketball players.
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