Throughout the week some of you drop some brilliant or at least somewhat thoughtful comments and so this is a try at highlighting some of them. Disclaimer: It’s not that I necessarily agree with all of them, but they were interesting and for the most part, well put. Consider everything [sic’d].
I asked Berry Tramel if people (as in The Ultimate) were serious about wanting to give up on Russell Westbrook as a point guard. He gave an outstanding answer. (Berry Tramel): Yes, they’re serious. They’re also silly. Here’s the problem. None of us knew anything about the NBA when it came. Some people want to be experts, though, so they say something, then they cling to that to prove their mettle. Russell Westbrook is a four-year project at least. All 20-year-old point guards are. That’s the price you pay when you decide you’re going nowhere with Luke Ridnour.
Pressure? What do you know about PRESSURE? (B-RY): I think the tape really shows just how small the difference can be between good and bad play in the NBA. It also says to me, that Durant is feeling too much pressure to perform at the moment. He found the open man early, but when it mattered, he got tunnel vision – as did Westbrook.
As the “best player on the team” (a phrase I despise) he also felt undue pressure to make things happen on his own, which is never good.The good news is, these are things that come with time and experience. He had a rough couple of games against two really good opponents when the whole world was holding its breath and watching, waiting for something amazing to happen.