LBS- According to two reports, the Warriors find reigning MVP Russell Westbrook easy to defend. ESPN’s Zach Lowe talked about that with Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio “The Lowe Post Show.”
“Jack McCallum’s new book about the Warriors has a bunch of kind of anonymous Warriors talking about Russ and how they don’t fear Russ. How KD left partly cause of Russ. How Russ’s style of play is so easy for them to defend it’s like cake to them,” Lowe said.
“I’ve talked to the Warriors about his kind of stuff. What’s in Jack’s book is 100 percent what they say when you ask them about Russ.”
What's that you say? The surprisingly anonymous members of the team that directly benefited from the departure of the generational player that once made Russell Westbrook's job easier collectively thinks it's easy to guard Russell Westbrook? Oh, do they? Do they really think it's easy to defend a shoot first point guard who is surrounded by very little trustworthy shooting after subtracting his 7-foot physical anomaly of a sidekick and adding him to an already great defensive team? Shocking stuff.
It's funny though. I don't remember too many Golden State Warriors speaking up to a published author about the ease with which they could guard Russell Westbrook when he and Kevin Durant brought them to the brink of elimination just one season ago. They didn't seem so quick to quip when Russell Westbrook had Steph Curry sliding back onto his heels faster than an unsupervised kid wheeling his way through the mall for the entirety of seven, hard fought playoff games.
Eh, probably just coincidental timing. Surely they felt this way before Russell Westbrook's ungodly usage rate helped him attain an MVP award. They just didn't feel like confidently saying so out loud without their names attached until the efficiency of Russell Westbrook's skill set was hampered by the lack of talent around him.
Wouldn't you know it, Golden State is a great team that's only cocky enough to publicly talk about how great they are after they've already won!?! It will be interesting to see if their opinion of Russell Westbrook's offensive dominance/versatility changes once Paul George and Carmelo Anthony took over the wings that were previously manned by Victor Oladipo and Andre Roberson. Who wants to bet that we will only hear this contextual drivel about it being "cake" if the Warriors end up with another one to cut come next summer?