Before the season had even begun I was preaching patience when it came to the Jeremy Sochan experience. The rookie was coming in as the San Antonio Spurs' highest draft pick since Tim Duncan and expectations were rightfully high. Perhaps even too high.
As a rare breed of a defensive player, Sochan also brings dynamic playmaking and tenacious rebounding to the offensive end of the floor. His hard-nosed mentality and versatile game have already drawn comparisons to players like Dennis Rodman and Draymond Green. It's easy to see where the comparisons come from. Sochan can stuff the stat sheet like Green, and his knack for finding rebounds while wearing the same number 10 jersey that Rodman wore during his time in San Antonio makes comparisons to The Worm even easier.
Overall, Sochan has performed quite well to start his career despite not being the most productive Spurs player on the floor. But if we were to nitpick his game, similar to Rodman and Green, Sochan seriously struggles to make his threes.
And although we're only a grand total of 19 games into Jeremy Sochan's career, some fans are already souring on Sochan's shooting ability. One local radio host even called for him to never shoot a three again. He even said please!
This wasn't said jokingly either - Jimenez continued to double down, calling out Sochan's admittedly poor shooting at the college level and ultimately proposing that any Sochan shot attempt should come exclusively within 5 feet of the cup.
What a bad take. But bad takes get engagement and Spurs Twitter wasted no time in letting Jimenez know what they thought.
Spurs fans responded with a heaping dose of common sense
I am not kidding when I say there was hardly a single person who engaged with that tweet that ended up agreeing with him. To get that kind of consensus on anything, especially Spurs Twitter, is downright impressive. Here are some of the greatest hits.
Some fans brought up valid arguments for why Sochan should absolutely keep shooting - with Noah pointing to the need to instill confidence in the rookie early in his career while Karl called out the similar struggles that Keldon Johnson--the same Keldon who's now shooting 42 percent from behind the arc--went through early in his career. Other fans were just there for the ratio.
If you chose to dunk on this horrible take please know that you are seen and that you're appreciated, no matter if you brought facts or jokes to the table. You're also right.
There is absolutely no reason for Sochan to stop shooting. Yes, he's struggling now, and yes, he struggled in college, but what is giving up going to do to help him improve? If you give up the first time you run into adversity you're never going to get better. That's as true in basketball as it is in life. Sochan is only going to hurt himself if he listens to opinions like these.
I will concede that if the Spurs were a contending team then Sochan probably shouldn't be the guy with the ball in his hands at the end of games, but they're not. They're a rebuilding group that needs experience and a star player to coalesce around. That's all the more reason for Sochan to keep pushing the boundaries of his game. If it ends up costing the Spurs wins now, then so be it, but that will also mean the team will end up with a better shot at a high draft pick. I see no downside here.
Look, if we wrote about every horrible take that came out on Twitter we'd quite literally never stop writing. Bad takes come with the platform; they're engrained into the fiber of its being. But being that this particular take came from a sports radio host with a significant platform, thankfully, this one got the dogpiling it deserved.