“We were out of synch. A lot of things were out of synch [offensively]. He had some opportunities that could have been big days and they weren’t for one reason or the other. He’s an amazing guy. He was still humming pretty darn good. In my professional opinion, he was humming better than the [public] perception probably was. I didn’t see a huge dropoff skills-wise.”
For his part, Caldwell agrees with Christensen’s assessment.
“What I saw was a guy who’s as quick as he’s been. Still a guy with the outstanding hands that he’s always shown. Still with the ability to create some space for himself and get open,” Caldwell said. “I think it was just a couple of other things that happened during the course of the season. I think some looking from the outside in had a little different perception of that. But we did not see any diminishing in terms of his skills and ability.
“We certainly hope [that he remains with the team]. That’s what we anticipate. We’re not quite certain what’s going to happen, but we’d certainly love to have him back.”