In my last review piece we examined two young point guards whose development was neglected by Lionel Hollins. After almost a full year's worth of Lionel's stubbornness, Bayless' ineptitude and Conley's exhaustion at the point, the front office supplied a point guard who Lionel determined to be suitable. The solution was a 33-year-old man who hadn't played professional basketball in several months. That man was Keyon Dooling.
Signed out of the Celtics' front office when he could not return to Boston because of their previous buyout agreement, Dooling was supposed to provide veteran leadership and consistent production for the Grizzlies' second unit. Coincidentally, he did just that...except for the whole production part.
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Now, I know we have some Dooling supporters here so I'm not going to rip him too hard, but let me state I did not like having him on this squad. Sure he didn't turn the ball over, but that could not outweigh his many shortcomings. Penetration, scoring, perimeter defending and a fluid command of the offense, all failed to be achieved by Dooling's veteran play.
My biggest beef with Keyon was his inability to guard a guy one-on-one without fouling. The man knew how to hustle but he just let you down halfway through the experience with a dumb foul. I liken his play to Of Monsters and Men, which I coincidentally saw yesterday in concert in the pouring rain. They have the structure and some creative instruments on stage. They smile and are excited to be there, but then they throw in a cheap "HEY!" or "HO!" and end up making that the most memorable part of the song, destroying all other successes.
Here's the thing with Keyon, while it's easy to rip on players who are out there just going through the motions and being terrible because they seemingly just don't care, Dooling was always giving 100%. He hustled on offense, he hustled on defense, and when he knew he was gassed and needed to come out, he hustled to the nearest offensive player and immediately fouled him. Without question, Dooling gave everything he had, the problem is, he just didn't have very much. Even still, he was apart of this always entertaining GIF, and that's enough for me to give him a passing grade for his brief stint with Memphis.
Keyon Dooling, you were a good idea, but in the end, you were just a disappointing "HO!"
Clutch Performance: D
*Editor's Note: I (Keith) posted this piece for Ryan after he emailed it to me, and I forgot to post the voting poll. I also left off his incredibly punny last line. My sincerest apologies to everyone, hopefully now you can go and vote.