TGR #10: Cole Aldrich and the return of "What up with that?"

Episode 10 already! This week we have the return of "What up with that?" where we look at: Penny's possible return to Miami, LBJ's fall from grace, KD's twitter use, Westbrook's impact on the Thunder, and 'Big Al's' move to Utah. Then we talk to SB Nation blogger Owen Kemp of "" who let's us in on what to expect from Cole Aldrich. Download, subscribe, and let someone know about us!

Good article on LBJ's departure from "The Cleve" as mentioned in today's show,;_ylt=Aj7GquVYyqIs4WRO7NOpf945nYcB?slug=aw-heatfreeagency071610

Episode Breakdown:

* 00:42 - 02:43 = Introduction
* 02:44 - 16:20 = What up with that? (Topics include: Penny's return, LBJ, KD, Westbrook, Utah/Big Al)
* 16:21 - 35:00 = Interview with Owen Kemp on Cole Aldrich


Anonymous said...

Couple of other thoughts on Cole:

- He had a triple double in the NCAA tournament, something that Greg Ostertag never got close to accomplishing. He's more mobile that O ever was, and has a great "motor."

- He's got good hands, which is why I think he can be a 14 ppg player for the Thunder through put-backs, alley-oops, and dumpoff passes from drives by Westbrook.

- As Owen mentioned, his Sophomore year development was crazy, but slowed a bit his Junior year. He did go through a lot of off-the-court issues last year at KU (a longtime illness that zapped his stamina and dealing with the death of his grandmother, who he was very close with). So it's possible with that stuff cleared up he could develop more going forward.

- I would put his floor at Greg Ostertag, with a ceiling of maybe Pryzbilla or Kaman. A pretty great pickup for the Thunder.

Brad "The Face" said...

Thanks for listening,

Sounds like you've watched some Jayhawk/Aldrich basketball! Good thoughts. If he can be a 14ppg guy we will be a pretty scary team (especially if as you say, the offense doesn't have to run through him). Hope you're right about his ceiling/basement. If we can get a Pryzbilla or Kaman type without the injuries... watch out!

Owen Kemp said...

Good point above regarding Cole and his stamina issues this year.

He definitely seemed to labor at times and as mentioned it is fairly well documented that it was related to an nagging illness. That said, he's always had that issue to some degree.

If he can get his conditioning where it needs to be, which I think he can, the post above is probably pretty accurate in saying his floor would be that of Ostertag.

Cole DEFINITELY has better hands and tends to be more active under the basket than Ostertag ever was.

Brad "The Face" said...


You say that this has always been an issue. What kind of illness are we talking about?

Owen Kemp said...


There was an article in Decemberish last year talking about Cole, his asthma and last year a bout of bronchitis that magnified those issues for him.

He manages it well when healthy, but last year between the bronchitis and his day to day asthma he would seem gassed much sooner.

That said, he never made an excuse. Eventually Coach Self came out and said something because Cole was catching some criticism for it.

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