From the Scott Ostler article on Don Nelson in today’s Chronicle:
Nelson says his plan for the 2010-11 season was to play David Lee at center, because he considers Lee a good power forward and an All-Star center.
“I told (management), ‘Look, I want (Anthony) Tolliver. I’m gonna need a power forward who can shoot.’ They wouldn’t give me Tolliver. He was pretty cheap (Tolliver signed with Minnesota for $2.2 million). I didn’t ask for much. That’s when I knew I was gone.”
Thunder v. Nuggets Update and Game 2 Preview:
I won my game 1 bet, getting +5.5. They’re down to +4.5 in tonight’s game, and Afflalo is still out, but I’m still betting it. The Nuggets want this game.
Hoping for an adjustment on Durant. Stop letting him go left and shoot over his right shoulder, for pete’s sake! Nellie knew how to guard him: Push him right, and make him turn left shoulder.
For those looking for me to take back my evaluation of Westbrook, game 1 simply confirmed my opinion of him. He got more shots for himself than all of his big men COMBINED. A selfish gunner, with no vision or court sense. Not a great point guard.
If Westbrook cools off, which his season averages suggest he will, the Thunder will struggle for scoring. I sincerely doubt at the very least that he continues shooting 75% from three.
But if the Nuggets ever get Aaron Afflalo back healthy in time to make a difference in this series, Mr. Westbrook’s life could get very difficult indeed.
One thing I failed to take into account in this series: How much David Stern and the NBA want Durant to advance and become the new face of the NBA. We may have seen this in that ignored goaltending call late in game 1. (What are the chances that play was missed by 3 officials? What else could they have been looking at?)
I have a rule never to bet against David Stern, which I unwittingly violated with this pick. But in for a penny…