Maybe it is the fact that my old blog was called Zaza's playground or the man I got to 98% of Hawks games first bought a Zaza jersey or even that my trivia name at the Matador Cantina in Glenwood Park has been Zaza's Ankles (2nd place tonight no big deal), but I love me some Zaza Pachulia.
When talking about underrated/overrated, Zaza is as close as they come to real, live underrated. In the last three years, he has lost his starting job, failed to gain a vertical leap, and dunked four times. Nothing about those things can be overrated. They really cannot be more underrated.
Yet he has gained a role on this team as a dirty/tough/big man who can score with, if not athleticism, some skill. And I know after last post, I begin to look like an optimistic, rubber stamp corporate man, but a four year, 19 million dollar deal for a true center who has accepted his role at 25 and loves this city is as close to perfect as you can get.
Would I like Marcin Gortat for 19 million? Shoot yes. But Gortat for 34? Well for 34, Zaza you not only have my heart, but you have my mind. It makes sense and I salute Rick Sund for getting it done.
The Hawks still need front court help, but with this week, I am willing to sit back and watch the Hawks brass work before I freak out about what is yet to be done. Woah, when is the last time Hawks management had a sentence like that written about them?