Oladipo vs KD in Goodman League... His pull up is better than I thought
Just a little bit easier to get buckets in a charity game. Im sure his shot has improved and this is a fun vid to watch but dont take too much from this
it is easier but this is supposed to be the type of setting where oladipo should struggle, situations where you gotta show those perimeter skills. the book on him was that hes all defense (which i dont think they play all out on in charity games but still play some on occasion) and he would only get points from cutting and hustle so if i was an orlando fan id be excited by the fact that hes showing he can atleast perform in that kind of setting
it may be a charity game and just a fun thing to watch, but even though oladipo was good in the highlights, i also took it once again that durant didn't play bad defense against oladipo. oladipo still scored. It shows me both that oladipo can score against very good defense at least on a couple of those possessions, and that durant could legitimately guard a shooting guard once again. durant is hungry, has a chip on his shoulder and has been playing more aggressive than before. i believe this guy is so determined, call me crazy but i say he's as good as lebron in as little as 2 years, not 5 or so. durant seems to be improving something about his game now to where he is a more complete all around player and i wouldn't be surprised if he could play the sg, sf, and pf by then to. i'm impressed with both players in the video. they were really going at each other.
I'd be pissed If my franchise player wanted to play for The Goodman league, what if they get injured???
that's a good point. a big part of the nba is charities though. i applaud the nba and it's players for what they do outside of basketball relations to help charities and such. but maybe basketball isn't the answer for the charity, i don't know.
But what If Kevin Durant tears his ACL??? How does that help a Team and it's profile around the league...
The Thunder would be devastated if that were to happen, again after Westbrook's injury I'd shocked they let him play...
To quote Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Rises..."Gotham needs your resources and your influence, not your body"
+1 for the Dark Knight reference
If you go by that quote, that pretty much means it doesn't matter if Durant gets injured, as long as he's cheering the team on from the bench (influence)... so it doesn't really make sense in this situation.
He could just as easily tear an ACL training or practicing this summer. You can't limit guys from going and playing basketball. If you're going to get injured you're going to get injured.
Can't wait to see Oladipo play. I think he will show some flashes of greatness this year.
I hope Durant is hungry. The Thunder should be in win now mode and I would love to see an OKC vs. Heat
Finals rematch (if the Grizzlies don't get there).
okc has a chance now, but there's a lot of ifs still. i would put my money on miami in that finals right now. lebron is still superior and they have a better roster and dwyane wade will be stronger i think. for okc, i think jeremy lamb can be good. he was great in the nbdl last year bud didn't play much in the league. i say he can be good, but he does need to prove it. steven adams at worst is 6 more fouls at a needed position. perry jones might end up improving. seems to me okc doesn't have the depth overall yet, and westbrook will be coming off an injury. he's an explosive player, so we have to see how he comes back. durant alone though is hungry.
For the Olympics I don't have a problem as a fan, but I can see why Gm/Owners would be worried about their star player getting hurt, but there the risk is worth the reward, it's National Pride on the line
In the case of Charity games it's much different, their is 0 upside for players/owners/fans minus the obvious rewards from being a good Samaritan, once an important player gets hurt fans/owners and players will change their tune about actually playing and just take the money for said charities...
Yeah, but the players have to practice. And standing by themselves in an open gym and shooting jumpers isn't going to be enough. I think the owners hate it, but they don't see anyway around it. Either player gets rusty all summer or he finds pickup games. That would be even worse because you would have a hero looking for his one chance to rock an NBA player and he might do something reckless. Summer league games against other respectful pros or semi-pros is probably the best thing the guys can do. No one is going full out and no one is going to foul you as you go to the hole. So it isn't a dangerous game.
Oladipo is my choice for rookie of the year. The guy is a complete player. The only weakness is the jumper which (a) often improves over time and (b) was solid last season. No reason to think that improvement wasn't a permanent improvement or at least a level he can reach in his second or third year in the league.
I would like to talk about the video instead of players getting injured..
I would have loved to see that game in person. The highlights always look great, but I would want to know if Dipo actually held his own against Durant.
We are talking about arguably the best offensive player in the world facing off against a 21 year old rookie, who is like 6 inches shorter.
Just from the clips it looks like it was at least an entertaining matchup.
Cant wait to see Dipo go against the top players every single game. He really is going to be a special player in my opinion.
Oladipo's handle looked a lot better than I expected, he must have put a lot of work in.
I don't like Durant playing in these leagues so often when he has so much work to do on his body.
Durant is a ridiculous offensive player, but he's nowhere near the defender he should be. He's very slow with his lateral movement defensively and just seems floppy.
If you look at Paul George, he's got a much thicker trunk and core which lets him defend guys on the perimeter at his size.
Durant needs to understand that just like Carmelo, his body will hold him back from topping Lebron, no matter how much he develops his skills at this point.
For Melo it's a matter of losing weight and gaining quickness, but Durant desperately needs to improve his physique if he's going to have any chance to being a great two-way player.
There's no reason Durant can't get a physique similar to Pippen (who was another extremely lanky guy who managed to put on muscle and become an amazing defender).
So yes, I understand that playing in these leagues is fun and all, but the off-season should be spent developing your body while you have the chance.
Also, I don't think superstars should train together and give away their trade secrets. Why would you give your rivals the opportunity to study your habits and figure out how to beat you?
I do apologise for the rant, but I feel like KD is too old for this stuff.
He just did not get to show it. College ball does not play to your strengths. Him and Zeller were prospects 1 and 2. He is not surprising me. He has a nice J and that was obvious in college last year. He has very good handle and that was a strength to me b4 the draft.
Oladipo is going to improve quickly. Not only is he a gym rat, he works on the right things. He's going to end up being more dynamic at the offensive end than people think.
One huge thing that he has going for himself is that he's supremely confident in himself. That'll serve him well in the NBA while he takes his lumps and bumps. He's going to be a great leader in the NBA.