Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao: Is the Wild Thing Too Wild?

March 16th, 2010 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
The case of Anderson Varejao is definitely an interesting one.  He is this era's Dennis Rodman without the flair.  He is one of the most hated players in the NBA, but to most Cleveland fans he is beloved.

Now I have heard all of the complaints about Varejao; he is overpaid, a flopper, a dirty player, and a whiner.  I agree with all of these complaints, at one point in his career he was, or still is all of these things.

Before he became more than a flopper, he was overpaid. Now that he has honed his defensive skill to more than just jumping in front of a player charging toward the hole, he is no longer overpaid.

He still is a dirty player, but all contenders need at least one player to do the dirty work on the hardwood. Without a player that will grab, push, pull, punch, kick, and shove his way to a loose ball or a rebound, a team does not have the physicality it takes to intimidate other teams. (And he is nowhere near as bad as Reggie Evans who...well...Chris Kamen knows what I'm talking about )

The Wild Thing, with the help of Shaq down low showing him how to throw his body around, has become the Cavs' most intense, p ...

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