Wednesday, July 8, 2009
David Thorpe Livetweeting from Summer League
David Thorpe's Day 3 insights from courtside at the Orlando Pro Summer League (which you can also follow on Twitter).
His Day 1 coverage is here, Day 2 is here, and here's a preview, a schedule and results, and the address where you can watch the games for free online.
- I have to go home to see my family. Sorry to cut this short. Tune in Friday for Vegas action.
- I see Bill Walker make amazingly athletic plays. On offense.
Westbrook could be a very skinny guy. He's not. That should be a lesson to other guys with similar builds.
- Good defense always starts with great starting positions, both individually and with all 5 guys. The Thunder, collectively, get that.
- I think they struggle most with when to call blocking falls on bigs who aggressively hedge ballscreens.
- Fans think the block/charge call is the hardest to make. Refs say officiating the post is toughest. Know what I think?
- Swift and Fazekas just can't move.
- The Celtics, in season, give clinics with their big men showing and recovering on screens. This week, not.
- Livingston can be terrific on defense. He was for LA.
- Hudson has been a steals leader in college for 2 years. It's because he hounds the hell out of the ballhandler. I love that.
- Swift deserves credit-he's worked hard at building up his body.
- Westbrook always has to be accounted for on the offensive glass. Lester Hudson must not have been keeping track of my rookie reports.
- Shaun Livingston is back. He's playing every other day since they are playing in Vegas too.
- Robert Swift does not.
- Westbrook has a chance to be a all-defenive team guy.
- OK city vs. Celtics.
- I think Hibbert can be a starter for a good team if only he could move better in tight spaces. I'd try anything I were him to get quicker.
- Especially if Roy could only eat what he catches.
- Remember how Mickey had Rocky chasing chickens to prepare for Apollo's speed? I'd do that with Hibbert. His nimbleness would improve a ton.
- Izzo is a genius because he helped Suton look terrific. He needs Izzo now. He is a scrappy guy though.
- Hansbrough is tough to guard on the perimeter, if pressured. He takes big steps and eats up space fast. At the rim sooner than you'd think.
- I like seeing Hibbert extend his defense when necessary, but I know why he likes to stay inside. He is a formiddable presence.
- Suton has a lot of holes in his game. Izzo is a genius.
- Hansbrough is simply too anchored to the floor to be a good rebounder. But he can train to get better at being a "quick jumper".
- Eric Maynor, like most guards, keeps his hands too low when defending the ball. He'd be more of a pest with hands wide. Deflections!!
- Tyler just got a steal off a post denial. Smart!
- Josh Duncan is such a solid defender.
- Derek Brown has the ability to be a great help blocker. Think Josh Smith (lite version).
- But I don't think he knows that yet.
- It will be interesting to see if NBA players will foul Hansbrough often as a rookie. He's a foul magnet, but will he be as a rookie?
- Maynor just learned a big nba lesson; "drivers must always account for shot blockers". And Hibbert is the blocker in this equation.
- Hibbert is moving better, without doubt. He has to keep "valuing" that, and not just focus on skill.
- Hansbrough plays behind his man in the post. Poor decision now. Worse during the season, unless it's part of a bigger plan.
- Hibbert would be an immeasurably better defender if he would work on sliding faster on d. I think he can get better there.
- So it's not going to be a good "tweet" day for Goran Suton.
- Today is all about defense and rebounding. Hope it's not boring.