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15 hours, 47 minutes ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.26.15
Needs to a cog-train so it can't step back.
1 day, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.25.15
His RPM estimate screams "that would be a big overpayment".
Sent Haberstroh about 15 tweets on Russ and MVP. He hasn't responded and more likely than not won't. But you can read if you want. https://mobile.twitter.com/bballstrategy/status/580747285711052801?p=v
Unlikely that he is #1 or #2 star on a championship team. #3 maybe, 4 ok.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.25.15
Helps that it was turned around to run in a different direction, for now.
Although it may not have been emphasized enough or perceived as a change or sufficient change, when Russ started to get big positives on RPM in last 2 years I backed the critique down. He would be better if he shot league average or played sounder or more defense but he is a top player. I probably wouldn't give him MVP but whatever the voters want.
One thing that probably has not been done enough is weighting player performance by quality of team and counterpart opponent. Some systems have a college opponent SRS adjustment but not for counterparts and apparent not enough.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.25.15
In past his Schoene player projection system was consistently a low performer at predicting team wins.
Don't take Kevin Pelton's draft rankings as gospel, for the Westbrook example and many, many others. A system is a good strategy but his and most if not all others need much more fine-tuning.
Thunder organization ranking by fell by the 5th most. Subjective eye test voters probably too influenced by injury influenced record.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 3.25.15
Someone should offer him triple the money and a ten year deal. If it is Boston he might take it.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 3.23.15
Yeah Anthony Morrow and Mom and Dad. Yeah the hundreds of others who tried almost as hard and the thousands who tried.
The real questions to me are whether Presti's contract is up before or after Kevin is officially a free agent and when Presti decides to stay or go. He could renew beforehand or wait til after. I don't think any reporter has this information and doubt any has asked more than once.
part of team culture http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nba-russell-westbrook-kevin-durant-oklahoma-city-thunder-sports-media/
6 days, 3 hours ago on Thunder vs Hawks: Pregame Primer
I'll be disappointed if it is a joke or a misstatement.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Kevin Durant out indefinitely
I am going to assume this is a sincere post with some reasonable basis until shown otherwise.
So Alex, is there more to say?
Probably does not have to talk, but eventually will.
6 days, 9 hours ago on Kevin Durant out indefinitely
Pretty important what KD says and does not say next.
are they going to rest 3-7 guys? the coaches?
6 days, 11 hours ago on Kevin Durant out indefinitely
but she dropped u in 12 minutes, right? and wrote a song about it?
just use "a game that doesn't really matter" or b) one that does.
Guessing that they almost all suck is safe enough but Morgantown and Charles Town have good points.
dammit Sam, why did u have to screw up again with that idiotic Dion trade?
u talking J-lo right?
Uh Morgantown is the best in WV.
I am old Spock or Bones.
6 days, 12 hours ago on Kevin Durant out indefinitely
Is Delon Wright playing? Well?
At least they had Dion...
Syracuse fans after slapped with sanctions for running a whack program.
Take the entire tournament and make it a 5 minute highlight reel and I might fast forward thru it on a slow day.
Senior advisor. Only comes to the office if he feels like it.
The Perry Jones burst in 3, 2, 1 ...? ?? ???
we ain't goin win shit but hey our off the court marketing is up, so...
The panickers yesterday are meeting with their lawyers regarding defamation.
If he comes back, Durant will have to insist and pledge not to talk about soreness. That might be what Presti has set up.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Kevin Durant out indefinitely
Kemba Walker really sucked his first year but was close to average in year 2. Dion sucked yr1, yr2 maintained, then slipped further in year 3 and even further on Thunder.
Good question. Do Presti and Weaver have the answer? Probably not. Irrational confidence player, irrational confidence trade.
Screenplay by Troy Weaver. Executive Produced by Sam Presti. Directed by Scott Brooks.
6th worst ts% of any guy in the league playing over 10 minutes per game. Plenty of room to step up.
The talk about soreness, expected soreness, that you have to play thru, may be causing soreness between Durant and organization.
1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.19.15
There is a strategy that might work. But bottom line it is Presti's mistake, let him fix it.
Value culture, fine. But it sure appears management and coaching were completely ineffective or uninvolved in the corrosive Reggie meltdown.
Presti may have copied 50-70% of the Spurs' way but there are huge differences that so far have made the difference: 1) Great coach, who has
big or ultimate say in personnel moves. 2) Vet dominated rotation. 3) Leading share the ball offense. Without these you aren't really following the Spurs' model.
One more and then I stop. Two high usage players have won titles with an offensive rating worse than Russ'. Kobe and Shaq. Both in their final title season.
1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder stop the Celtics just enough, 122-118
MJ and Kobe both had a season in the worst 52 and won a title. But just once each. The other 9 they shot better.
History gets added to and changed but better to know than not, imo. For players who avg'd 30 plus minutes and 30% usage, Westbrook has 4 of the 52 lowest efg% seasons. No one with a worse efg% than his for this season has ever won a title that yr. Russ had one season in last 5 not in this group. And injury derailed that one.
His tos per game are a product of the very high minutes and usage. His to% is actually better this season than his career average.
On to% Perk has 3 of the worst 100 seasons of all-time.