I wanna be like............Boris?

It's taken me a long time to accept it, but I understand why so many near 7-footers want to play like guards. I get that 80's babies grew up with Michael and Magic as their hoops idols, and that it's a lot sexier for Lamar Odom to be the next Magic than the next Buck Williams. But what I don't understand is when a near 7-footer models himself after a merely above average point forward playing out of position at center. That gets my head all fucked up. What am I talking about? My bad, let me rewind a bit. Kevin Durant, the likely #2 overall pick in next year's NBA Draft, was recently quoted as saying he sought to emulate the game of Boris Diaw:

"I love him, he's one of my favorite players in the game. I try to be like him a lot, man. He's so versatile, he can pass, he can do everything. I want to be like him."

What??? Sure, the Suns are a fun team to watch, and Diaw's all around game is a big part of it, but let's be real. Even though he weighs about as much as I do*, Durant would kill Diaw if they played right now. Diaw's probably got the edge on him as far as passing and post defense, but Durant is a superstar in the making, a 6-10 athlete with a smooth jumper, handles, and a lightning first step. This is like J.R. Writer saying he models his career after Cappadonna's. It doesn't make sense.

*I'm 5-10, and Durant's a good foot taller than me. And I'm not fat.


At 11/22/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger Unsilent Majority said...

This is like J.R. Writer saying he models his career after Cappadonna's.

That's fucking beautiful.

However Diaw and Durant are only separated by a few years. Cappadonna could be J.R.'s dad...you know if we ignored genetics.

At 11/22/2006 2:33 PM, Blogger Trey said...

Durant's a bigger T-Mac without (maybe) the psychological issues. Plus they both play in Tejax. Why not be like him?

wv=ernbjwdg (ernie "big" johnson was david and goliath = beat cancer)

At 11/22/2006 2:54 PM, Blogger whitefolks said...

I'm more interested in how Durant could flourish or perish at the defensive end of the floor. He sounds like the American version of the recent Euro prototype, which could mean that he rebounds reactively and defends in the same fashion.

The mindset to be a good defender is glaring in the young guys who have it (Howard, Darko, Maxiell, Milsap) and everyone else just goes through the motions. Durant would be forced to either cover guys his size (likely much stronger) or smaller players who may be able to get around him as a classically sized guard would.

Even if his ceiling were lower than Durant's overall, I'd still take Oden for his abilities at both baskets.

At 11/22/2006 4:32 PM, Anonymous Sean said...

So far, I think I've been more impressed with Thaddeus Young than with Kevin Durant.

At 11/22/2006 7:06 PM, Blogger Leonard Peltier said...

Another reason wanting to be like Boris Diaw is a bad idea: It looks like the guy ate his weight in cheesefries in the offseason.

At 11/22/2006 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a good thing that Durant would want to play like Diaw. That means he wants to be an unselfish player and I don't see anything wrong with that. Also, in case you don't remember KG's idol when he was growing up was Malik Sealy. I say give a dude props for choosing to model his game after one of the more unselfish players in the NBA.

At 11/22/2006 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diaw is a borderline all star in a few years so it's a pretty good idea to model his game after Diaw. With all the guys who have tried to pattern their games after Kobe and KG but didn't have their game it's good to see a guy pattern his game after someone he can actually emulate.

At 11/22/2006 11:58 PM, Anonymous Pichi Campana Aguanta said...

Ronnie Price just put down one of the most ferocious dunks in the history of 6 foot guards dunking over a big man. His feet were in Boozer's face. Unreal.

At 11/23/2006 3:07 AM, Blogger T. said...

Ronnie Price just put down one of the most ferocious dunks in the history of 6 foot guards dunking over a big man. His feet were in Boozer's face. Unreal.

Not quite KJ on the Dream, but pretty close. Especially for a game in late November.

Question: Since FreeDarko is a basketball website which spends quite a lot of its time analyzing the game through aesthetics - what to do when one's pro (and for that matter college team) are defined through "winning ugly." The Rockets grind, force teams into ugly offensive displays (arenas - 3 for 22?), and get just enough offense from Yao and TMac to grind out victories (although at one point they were 2nd in the league in point differential). My Cal Bears are almost the same (except for the part about "just enough offense")- does my status as a regular FreeDarko acolyte implore me to root against my chosen teams? Wish for them to change their style of play to something more pleasing, yet probably with less chance of success? Or hope my teams continue to move along in the underground scene, gaining few fans, and when they win something of significance (should that ever happen), sit back and say "I told you so"

Enquiring minds and all that.

At 11/23/2006 2:38 PM, Blogger Gregg said...

Here's the Ronnie Price video, for those interested.


At 11/24/2006 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does my status as a regular FreeDarko acolyte implore me to root against my chosen teams?

Being a Rocket man myself, I'd wondered that about the (so far's I can tell) lone Screwston fan contributing to FD. The largest fly for any such person in the ointment that is the current Rocket style, is that the Kettes are a coach's team right now. Sure, they're constructed around the games of Yao and TMac, but Jeff Van Gundy gives me the impression he'd be trying the same thing if he had Phoenix's personnel or Washington's. And, I for one, am sick of it, as it means something like 4 straight years of refusing to use 'missing piece' free agents that have failed to ever get out of his doghouse. If this is, as is repeated frequently, "a league of personalities", the Rockets are trying to win on the strength of the coach's right now and I aint seeing that as a plausible strategy in 2006-2007. Sure, Mo Taylor or Stro may have never been real answers, but if Bonzi's a blimp, let him play his way into shape. I can't believe a in-shape Scott Padgett/Juwan Howard or broken-handed Kirk Snyder are much of an improvement. I don't think Houston gains anything from JVG perpetually cracking the whip and maintaining face. In fact, I think Simba may be onto something when he said the propensity for blowing 4th quarter leads is primarily due to bad coaching. If so, JVG needs to go right along with Doc Rivers.

-p (had to post as anonymous because I'm not on my computer which remembers whatever it is I call myself on blogger)

wv: unnumk- beno udrih talks in his sleep


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