Re: OLYMPICS THOUGHTS THREAD
posted at 8/7/2012 11:00 AM EDT
I disagree somewhat about giving NBC a lot of credit - way too much volleyball, beach or otherwise. Fortunately, Comcast has an HD station that shows only basketball otherwise we'd be at the mercy of the suits who want to see women in bikinis playing in the sand. There are minor sports that could be shown but aren't, so that NBC can show tape-delayed events. I understand the time difference and the need to record; most events would happen while we're still in bed or at work, but the choice of what to show could be much
Here's what I've learned about the US men's basketball team:
Rondo might be the best PG in the league if we have only Williams' and Paul's play here to compare. Rondo's creativity and awareness puts him above those two, at least as judged by their olympic play. Williams seems out of control much of the time.
The rapist is cooked. All he can do is back a guy down and shoot fadeways. No defense, no movement without the ball, and his shooting has deteriorated to the point of being awful. International players aren't afraid of him and actually try to take advantage of his failings. It's sad, and makes me wonder what the Nash addition might do to (not for) him - will he still want the ball at crunchtime when he's 3-20? Yes, he will, but will he get it now that they have a guard with an ego who has the ball in his hands.
Durant is the best player on the planet. That's "." as in period. Great (clutch) shooter, off-the-ball defender, can pass, and can take it in or shoot from 30'.
Overrated: Westbrook, Hardin (both playing as they did in the Finals - poorly), the rapist (see above), Anthony (looks lost most of the time, but why?).
Underappreciated: Iguodala (playing inspired ball - would look great in green but it's too late for that now that Philly's on the upswing; they won't let him go for peanuts like they might have a year or two ago), Love (gets a lot out of his abilities - not very athletic but highly effective).
Just what you'd expect: LaQueen (still cries over every call but is playing hard and generally well), Chandler (no offense but serviceable the other way).
Question mark: Davis (obviously raw and young but plays like he's going to be a force in the Duncan mold - can run and, with his long arms, should defend well. But not playing enough to make a complete evaluation. Hope he develops as he keeps his head on straight - as it seems to be now).
Krzyzewski: Has made great substitutions and has handled the players well.
Referees: Evenly terrible. They aren't favoring one team or another, they're just missing calls and making bad ones. However, their evenness is more than NBA refs can sustain. They seem to understand that fans aren't there to see the officials, which the NBA fools can't comprehend. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ...... Joey "the Psycho" Crawford!