Friday, July 9, 2010

Not centers of attention

They're not centers of attention -- anymore.

But they're experienced, competent, skilled former starters who could serve as year-one co-starters on year-to-year contracts with BoyzIIHeat assuming sound wheels and an offseason of suitable conditioning.

They are Z for Zydrunas Ilgauskas -- who until his injury last season was still LeBron's most compatible big (sorry Shaq) at age 34 despite limited minutes; and Big Cat Jamaal Magloire -- Miami's leading rebounder in boards-per-minute (19.8%) last season at the not-quite-decrepit age of 31.

Can 2 x 30-yr olds @ 20mpg = 1 x starter? Absent F/A miracles, unforseeable trades, bigs from Brazil or Pittman's immediate contribution, "can" is not a question.