Mailbag Week marches on...
Hey Dave,Can you explain to me why defense is so hard for NBA players to learn? Seems like every year there are more and more talented players with superb athleticism and great work ethics who can't play defense. And when coaches or analysts talk about a great defender, they talk like they've discovered gold in the Yukon.I'm 5'11, 35 years old, and I can rarely hit a jump shot outside of 10 feet. But when I hit the court, I know I can play pretty good defense, even if I can't help my team any other way. Seems like it's mostly about paying attention and not getting intimidated. Of all the aspects of the game, it seems to me like the one that takes the LEAST amount of natural talent/athleticism.Is there a fundamental difference between rec ball and the NBA? Why can't these guys learn to keep their guy off his spots, off balance, and out of rhythm?Willie
Is Wesley Matthews his own worst enemy? He prides himself on playing every game, even when injured. However, this can lead to compensation injuries and/or worsening of existing injuries. This Summer he's already done a platelet-rich plasma injection on his ankle and an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow. That feels like a lot of work on a 26-year-old athlete.
Does the team medical staff need to intervene during the season, and force him to rest when injured?Tim
Having followed the questions regarding Meyers Leonard as everything from a project to center of the future for Portland, it nags at me that he grew tall relatively late in his development as a basketball player. Whereas the likes of Greg Oden and Shaq were born big and tall, is it at all possible that Meyers developed with a guard or forward mindset and is therefore, in fact, a guard and or a forward in a big body that may never become a true center? Thanks!
Here's something I have wondered about for some time. We hear all kinds of rumors and innuendos about which team is doing what with trades, in the draft, etc., but much of that is just that - rumors and innuendos. How much do the GMs in the inside REALLY know - or at least have a fairly decent idea - about which team will be pursuing which players? How much more do they and their sources know than say a reporter from ESPN?
When examining the run of success the Spurs have gotten from their big three, it's especially impressive how the mantle of leadership and dominant play has gradually swung from Duncan to Parker. Seems like Parker has been carrying them a lot more now, not just during the Finals or even this year's playoffs, but throughout the season (at least as far as I can tell from watching them sporadically from a distance).
Do you think seeing the maturation of Tony Parker and the way that his play has helped to prolong Duncan's career might have any sway in convincing LaMarcus Aldridge to resign with Portland now that Lillard is in the fold? If, along with Batum, they represent the Trail Blazers "big three," am I crazy in thinking that Aldridge's prime can extend well into his thirties if Lillard ends up shouldering the load and Batum continues being an adequate all-around third banana? And is anyone pointing this out to LaMarcus?Jelani
Dave,Why do you hate Robin Lopez?Also Robin
Dave,Portland fans love B-Roy, without question. What are the odds the team brings him on in a coaching role? Obviously not head coach, but maybe an assistant that can help the guards out?Michael