Did anyone read this article from ESPN.com?
It basically kisses Kevin Durant's butt and criticizes him sharply at the same time. The points that are made are 100% valid however, and the whole article reminds me of the Warriors due to the level of talent mixed with youth and lack of experience.
I basically think OKC's issues boil down to Durant being so far better than anyone else on his team for the last 2 years that the coaches let him run wild on the floor (reminiscent of LeBron in CLEV). To compound the issue, Durant loves to run wild because he is so damn good at it, adn his teammates love to watch. When Durant is off the floor, they are forced to actually coach and run fundamentally sound plays in order to accomplish anything.
I can see this being a huge problem for the Warriors with Nellie out of the picture. He has the balls to sit young players and/or hold them on a short leash even if they have a lot of talent. Can you image Randolph playing for OKC last year? He would have played 45 minutes per game while creating 100 highlight videos, but he and Durant would never have played a pock and roll properly (on offense or defense), and OKC would have had the same losing record. Everyone would have been confused as to why.
If Jackson falls apart, or is traded for what boils down to 2010 cap space, we will be dangerously close to this even with Nellie at the helm. He will be forced to play a lot of talented youth, and let them try to win games based on talent rather than on fundamental B-ball.
-Monta will play no defense and try to score too often
-Randolph will be as out of control as he was last year thinking he has to do it all, forgetting that slowing himself down slilghtly would be perfect
-Morrow will shoot every time he touches the ball, then be benched
-Curry will end up supremely confused about what to do at the point and have little progress to draw on for his sophmore year
-Maggette will shoot too soon or try to get fouled every time he touches the ball and he wont play any defense when the calls dont go his way (even more than now).
This "Memo to a Young Baller" needs to be mandatory reading and discussion material for our team. Fundamentally sound basketball and teamwork will serve us far better than constant highlight reel moves and one on one play that leave you with a 50% chance of success. Fundamental basketball doesnt mean you can't run and be fun to watch. It just means that you admit there is a right way to do everything, and you give up the highlight move when there is a strong opportunity to run a play.