Not many listened during that off-season as I cautioned over and over against this man -- and this coming from a big MDA supporter.
Too much Bosh/MIA hate, and giddiness over STATisticals "swag" clouding good judgement.
The very playoff series people were saying defined why he had to sign STAT -- owning the Lakers offensively,
was the very playoff series featuring STAT putting up 5 and 3 rebound performances like clockwork, consistently getting out rebounded by Steve Nash, and playing defense like a mutt with 3 legs.
Either way, STAT is a player whose strengths you must build around and flaws you must try to mask -- another sign of not being elite -- so even more dubious the Melo deal was, and that roster blowup that had had STAT playing at a truly Elite level...even with a fairly average+ PG.