Being a fan of this team and a couple others in various sports, I find it interesting reading many posts on this board and other boards from, in my opinion, some of the best fans around. I wondered what all of you thought of my observations.
First, the "superfan" found on boards like this are very, very reactive. A couple bad games and the sky is falling or a couple great games and the team is great again. It makes it difficult at times to come to the board after losses or rough games because there will be many sky is falling posts to sort through to get to the constructive comments!
Second, wild inferences are made that drive me crazy! The big one on this board has been the "Brandon is selfish and won't play with Andre Miller" accusations. Brandon is one of the flagship "people" in the NBA. He is a great kid and very unselfish on the floor as evidenced by his 5 apg from the 2 guard spot. If this team had a complimentary point guard who could shoot wide open 3's and a better shooting 3, Brandon would average a couple more apg.
Maybe he could make more spectacular defensive plays like LBJ and Kobe and Wade but frankly, he is not the same athlete as those guys. He won't make the spectacular block from behind that gets on ESPN. If one or two of those plays each game is what is making Brandon less of a player in the minds of our superfans than he will never be that guy for our superfans. And make no mistake, those ESPN defensive highlights are what make the "experts" proclaim a player a great defensive player. I don't watch every game and noone else does either so who is really to say that any of those 3 guys are tuly expending more energy on defense than BRoy? The coaches in this league love defense and they seem to keep putting BRoy on the all-star team. Would they really do that if they believed he was a lazy defensive player? Somehow I don't think so.
Finally, the fact this team is struggling is really simple. They are missing 4 of their top 6 talents. The fact they are still able to beat most non-elite teams is a testament to how good Brandon is and how hard this team works. It really is that simple to me.
My take is let's just wait until Rudy and Batum get back and see if things get better. If they can hover around the 8 seed until then, I believe they can get back to the 4-6 slot before the playoffs start.
What are your thoughts?