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Community projection: Tyrus Thomas

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Is Enrique Iglesias's "Hero" a great video, or an epic train wreck? It's hard to top a four and a half minute melodrama starring Enrique, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Mickey Rourke(!) for sheer gawker appeal. The thing is, whether these people were attempting a serious filmic statement or creating a blatantly over-the-top piece of schmaltz doesn't particularly matter to me; almost all the pleasure I derive from the video comes from its style and that giddy feeling I get when I try to imagine the director's instructions to Iglesias as he confronts Rourke. I'm guessing it was something along the lines of: "Now, show me the tiger!"

In a roundabout way, that's Tyrus Thomas. There's no use in trying to imbue him with the court sense and spirit of, say, Jared Dudley. Just as complaining about the overacting in the "Hero" video is beside the point, complaining about Thomas's recklessness is also beside the point. He is both infuriating and effective because he's so uncontrolled. While he comes out pretty well by some advanced measures -- particularly on defense and rebounding -- it's also pretty clear that the dude's got a long way to go to be the kind of positive offensive player the Bobcats desperately need, and there's no way he should be trusted to take as many shots as he did last season.

In the end, enjoy the top-flight defense and rebounding. If he starts, we'll be three-fifths of the way toward my "dream" of starting five long and athletic defensive aces and demoralizing teams with 72-64 wins night in and night out.

Prediction...

2200 minutes, 15.5 points/40, 10.5 rebounds/40, 2.8 blocks/40 .450 FG%