Rosque wrote:Giving up advantage in size and length when you have 6'8 LeBron commanding 35-ish SF minutes is horrendous statement. Not like Kuz is 6'4. He's 6'9 with 7' wingspan. AD who's playing the PF spot for 35-ish minutes is 6'10 with 7'5 wingspan. Are we REALLY giving up advantage in size and length? I think we are using that size and length alongside the speed that these players have compared to traditional PFs like Horford, Millsap, Thadeus Young, Bobby Portis etc to really defeat them. Kuz is not good defensively, lacks defensive IQ, poor lateral quickness to defend SFs. You really want to have Kuz defend PG13, Kawhi, Giannis, KD, Gay, Jimmy Butler? He's as strong as they are but not as quick. He can bang with Millsap, Young, Portis etc but he's much much quicker than they are and can use his quickness to punish them offensively and can use his speed to recover when he misses rotations and bites for fakes or just closes out poorly.
Also, Phil's idea of basketball style has not aged properly as seen by his tenure with the lolKnicks, sorry. His only good decision was to draft KP.
You’re preaching to the choir. I love that type of player. You’re missing the rest of the point. Who said anything about giving up size? I’m saying multiply the potency of the LBJ at point plan. Go all out, go huge. Make the league react, force them to. Be bold. Like Steve Kerr did going small.
Are you saying the zen mastery of Phil Jackson expired? His zen warfare strategies informed by everything from Genghis Khan to Churchill and his philosophies are anchored in a great range of timeless proven truths. His philosophies surely is part of what gave Kerr the courage to go small. Here’s one of them truths: The Aggressor usually wins. That’s strategy, not X and O. Eleven rings.
Go huge. Change the face of the league. That is what being the strategic aggressor means. Balls out, vision, anticipation. Attack.
Your completely missing Kuzma’s potential and IQ but since there is no crystal ball, let’s revisit sometime around ASB. Don’t be shocked if his defense is quite significantly better than you’d thought possible. Let’s re-visit.
Watch the last ten or so games of last season. He has a junk yard daaaawg in him. Surprised you missed it. Watch him shove LBJ in the back to go get his man on defense. Kuz doesn’t back down to anyone, works out like a mad man, takes private defense lessons from MWP this summer. He means business. This is his third season. He’s our third best player.
Btw, this is why I’m thrilled that we drafted two players in the mold of whom we both seem to want. Caroline (6’7” rebounding freak and pesky strong defender), and Cacok might become a PJ Tucker type if you ask me. I hope we get to see them and THT in garbage time.