Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ike Like Sweetney?

With the Warriors at 7-5 when Diogu came back, Coach Mike Montgomery %u2014 who coached against Ike Diogu for two years while at Stanford %u2014 couldn%u2019t get him a lot of minutes despite Diogu scoring double-figures in each of his three NBA games. That changed on Dec. 23 at Detroit, when Diogu played a career-high 32 minutes and shot 13-for-15 from the field, scoring a career-high 27 points and pulling down a career-high-tying seven rebounds.
After Diogu followed the performance with 12 points in his next game, Montgomery decided to insert him into the Warriors lineup in place of starting center Adonal Foyle. Though Diogu is extremely undersized for the position at 6-8, the move seems to have worked %u2014 Golden State followed a season-long five-game losing streak by winning Diogu%u2019s first three starts, including a 111-109 shocker in Dallas last Friday, as Diogu averaged 11.0 points on 12-for-16 shooting.
The obvious comparison for Diogu is Mike Sweetney. Both players were the ninth pick of their respective drafts after their junior seasons and have similar physiques, though Diogu is in better shape. Like Sweetney, Diogu has been bothered by foul trouble as a starter, getting whistled for 15 fouls in 71 minutes.


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