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.