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O'Bryant Wants To Play

We've been over this a few times, but since the Warriors are in town and Mike Fine has a new article on the subject, here's the latest from Patrick O'Bryant:

Then again, O’Bryant would like to have the opportunity to do anything against any team. He’s not getting any playing time and, yes, he would like to play a larger role with his new club.

“Definitely, and it’s not even because of Golden State,” said the third-year pro who is averaging only 4.4 minutes in five appearances. “It’s because I want to play. I want to be a bigger part of this team right now, but I guess Doc (Rivers) doesn’t feel comfortable with me yet, but I’m going to keep working and try to earn that comfort over the next couple of weeks or whatever it takes.”

We all knew he wasn't playing, but this might be the first place I've seen a straightforward reason why.  Again, from Mike Fine:

The reason O’Bryant isn’t playing is because Rivers doesn’t think the 22-year-old 7-footer has the fire in the belly that many of the other players have. While Rivers says that “other players are playing in front of him,” it’s obvious that once O’Bryant falls in line, he will earn that time.

“He’s starting to pick it up. He’s still got some ways to go there, but he’s much better than he was early in the year. It’s a different culture. We practice hard, probably harder than most teams, and I don’t think he was used to that.”

So once again, the issue is the kid's work ethic and passion for the game.  I don't know if you can coach that or coax it out of someone that doesn't already have it.  If Doc can do it, more power to him. 

It is no secret that the team wouldn't mind bringing in some low post help with size (seen by the pursuit of McDyess).  It would be nice if they could fill that role from within.  Just don't hold your breath.

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