“When you watch them play, the joy is not there. That’s pretty clear to me.”
That’s what David Thorpe said on TrueHoop TV today. And with that lack of joy, has manifested some causes for concern.
Things like the downturn in ball movement and in team play, and the rise of selfish stat-padding and too much individual awareness.
Thorpe said Russell Westbrook has remained Russell Westbrook — “he’s marvelous and a pain in the butt at the same time” — but has noticed a changed in both Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant. He notes Durant’s penchant for flailing his arms in the air when he’s open, and Ibaka seeming to take more notice of his box score than his actual on court impact. Keep Reading…