Is Larry Hughes ‘Willing’ to support Boston Celtics?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He remains versatile.
Larry Hughes is no longer a blending star, but can still play and defend all three perimeter positions. His unique skill-set would help numerous teams, especially his alleged number one suitor the Boston Celtics.
Coach Doc Rivers could use Hughes as Ray Allen and/or Paul Pierce’s primary back-up. The veteran could also get minutes at the back-up point guard spot if Nate Robinson gets injured or if the green-and-white goes big.
Best of all, Hughes has the athleticism to take over for Tony Allen as the club’s lockdown defender. Let’s be clear: Hughes can’t replace Allen, a terrific on-the-ball defender. He can, however, play the same role because of his physical attributes.
Currently, these are hypotheticals. One question is still to be answered: would Hughes accept a supporting role?
Fair or not, right or wrong, Hughes has a reputation for demanding shots, touches, and minutes. In Boston, his role would fluctuate. There’d be no guarantee of shots, touches, or minutes.
His sacrifice could result in a championship, though. The Celtics have added Jermaine and Shaquille O’Neal to a nucleus that was one quarter from winning an NBA Title.
So he is versatile. But is he willing?
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