therealbig3 wrote:GTR11 wrote:therealbig3 wrote:
Meh, I just try to hold the stars accountable. Kyrie put up nice stats, and he made a strong offensive impact...but we essentially gave everything back on defense when he was on the court as well. Can we say for sure that we can maintain a strong offense with Kyrie without sacrificing the defense? IDK if I can.
Celtics were better without him last year. We've been better without him this year. It's kind of a huge sample size at this point, hand waving it away doesn't really make much sense at this point.
Like I said in a later post, Kemba is like 90% of Kyrie but is actually available. That's what I mean, it's crazy to take Kyrie at this point since he's a guarantee to miss a ton of games, while Kemba has pretty much been an iron man outside of this year and 2015. And he's NEVER involved in off the court drama the way Kyrie is.
I'm also saying that if Kyrie didn't actively ask for Kenny to be fired, he damn sure didn't jump to his defense, and there's no way Kyrie didn't know that it was going down. Kenny wasn't perfect, but he was a really good coach who blatantly overachieved with the talent he's had the last 2 years. Not really sure that having Kyrie is worth losing Kenny.
So what you saying is that teams better without Kyrie and has higher ceiling? I'm really excited to hear how Cavs and Saltics became better team with higher ceiling factually and how their championship expectations grew up.
I'm saying the following:
-Kyrie is an excellent player
-however, he's overrated by his box score numbers, because the impact isn't quite that high
-there's plenty of evidence at this point that Kyrie doesn't automatically help every team situation he's in, as evidenced by last year's Celtics and this year's Nets...kind of ties in to the second point about his impact not being as high as his stat line suggests
-obviously, Kyrie helps a team's ceiling, that's not really debatable...having a really talented player on your team obviously improves your potential
-but Kyrie's actual on-court impact has been unimpressive so far to say the least...we're excusing it as a fanbase because of the occasional 50 point game and the pretty stat line and the fact that he's been injured for most of the year, but at the end of the day, he hasn't added much this year, even when he's played
-he's unreliable as a franchise player even beyond the personality issues...he's injury-prone as hell. That's why an inferior player like Kemba (who's only barely inferior btw) is just a much more valuable player, because he's actually available for the most part
-as for the Celtics and Cavs...how exactly did they do worse without Kyrie? The Cavs went to the Finals and got crushed by the Warriors...again. The Celtics are a really good, 50+ win team that has no real shot at winning a title...again
In retrospect, the only reason why we would still take Kyrie over Kemba is because Durant wouldn't have signed with us without Kyrie. But taking that out of the equation, say Durant just wanted another All-Star, didn't matter who, and we had the freedom to choose between Kyrie or Kemba? I'm taking Kemba every day of the week. He's almost as good, plays way more games, and gives you none of the drama.
This alone tramps entire thing you just wrote. Them Saltic fans got into your head with their hateful narrative. Why you think they hate him so much? You don't get players like Kyrie often, they settled for lesser version and trying to convince themselves he's better.
Kyrie injury issue been there since day one. He missed almost entire Duke season yet went #1 for a good reason. We got Din and now Chiozza to hold things down when we going to load management him. Bottom line here talent wins during playoffs and Kyrie top 3 you can make case best second star to have. He has ring to back that up.
Kyrie home now and on a mission to shut haters down. Unlike most I love to see Saltic, Craptors and Duh Nix fans spit blood behind their screen. This season was a wash. Next three years and hopefully beyond is when we going to make noise, trust me they know that and that's why hate is so strong. I don't give a damn about the hype against Kyrie. He's one of us and I'm happy he's here.