Originally Posted by Hot Route
Originally Posted by a-friend
Tomorrow, OKC starts a 14 game stretch that's brutal. Maybe 2 gimmes in there.
Time for everyone to see who they are.
Randy Foye. What are your thoughts? As I suggested earlier, I think he is the "Tyronne Lue" figure for the team. Not even sure how he be, especially him being a back seater.
I really hope Billy Don has made 'OBVIOUS' implication and trades to negate GSW. Has WB ever been the guy to shut down anyone? I don't think so. I do hear a lot about him getting TD, and meaningless AS accolades, but has he really shut down KLAY or CURRY or anyone? I don't think so. WB spends too much time on wardrobes and commercials, he hasn't put in the old school method of time and effort into establishing himself defensively.
Funny. They keep talking about WB like he's the second coming, but all he does is exert his energy on the offensive end. What happened to his UCLA/DEFENSE discipline where he would lock peeps?
I don't care one way or the other about Foye. He won't make an impact that helps or hurts this year other than the Luxury tax savings. I don't think he's going to cut into any players minutes.
As far a Westbrooks defense, it's lack of effort or care. You can't tell me someone that athletic and smart can't get himself into position to stop somebody.
Barkley always made mention that Westbrokt took everything personal, but only on the offensive end. Like, if you scored on him, his team, or came at them in a demeaning way on the court, that he'd take it personal and make sure he put some points back at you on the next possesion, and it's true, Westbrook would, but only on the offensive end. He could have this same drive on defense, but he doesn't care to.
In the offseason of 2013 he said that he was going to make it a point to be a destructive force on the Defensive end. That he was going to make the All NBA Defensive team, then the injuries hit. That was the last time I heard him talk about defense. Any mention since then has been in post game interviews with the generic "we know we need to continue to work hard and get better on defense" yada yada.
This is the thing, OKC is completely ok just out scoring whoever they face. Defense doesn't have to factor in.