"Without courage all virtues lose meaning."
- Winston Churchill
I love Kevin Durant – he likes Drake, he's a D.C. boy, and despite his age he leads from the front. He's a gentleman of the game, a role model, yet he's not afraid. Chris Bosh found that out the other night in OKC when he decided to go and say a few words to Durant after fouling him. Durant, who was chatting away to a teammate, hadn't engaged Bosh despite the foul, yet Bosh thought it prudent to go over and stick his chest out and see what Durant would do...
Bad move son, bad move.
Sure the Heat won, but not because of Bosh – and I imagine Durant will be in rare form when the Thunder visit Miami in the coming weeks. I bet LeBron is already looking forward to a "defensive" assignment, now that Bosh has ticked Durant off.
What I loved most about Durants spray wasn't it's Shaq-like use of profanaticals, nor it being a Sam Cassell like word-speak-in-fast-forward. It was to the point, straight up, and most importantly... True.
Yes when Durant made his little speech I don't think a reporter in the locker room went "Really?" I think they all went "Finally, someone willing to call Bosh out."
And if you're a Heat fan and thinking I'm being cruel right about now, think of it this way – Bosh has a choice now: prove Durant wrong or forever be know as the guy that the future MVP correctly called out.
So with that in mind I'd like to present a list of the expendables – a team of players who are all "fake tough guys" like Bosh (who will feature on the list) and need to be called out. I've also ranked them, based on my own opinion – tell me what
1. David West: Never in my life have I seen a PF whinge more about not getting foul calls. Never. This guy is so vocal about it he is always heard over the announcers screaming "and one" or "c'mon man" and when you cross to his face it's always pouting. Oh, and go check his stats – he hates rebounding, rarely blocks a shot unless the guy is under 6 feet, and will routinely step aside for the big boys coming down the lane (which for D-West is anyone above 6 feet). The guy is the ultimate fake big man, and I'd like to personally thank KD for getting the ball rolling as I've wanted to call West out for a looooooong time.
2. Chris Bosh: For ages I've long suspected him as one, but his lack of company in Toronto in the block meant that his numbers were inflated and teams often went small against the Raptors. Now he's exposed, and is being shownup by everyone else in the starting 5 (ok, that was harsh...). LeBron and Wade average more rebounds than him, and his "big nights" come against
Golden State, Sacramento and the like. Watching Blake Griffin own him was particularly enjoyable. In fact I heard the commentator in that game refer to Miami as being a super-backcourt... So even the commentators believe he's a phony too?
3. Andris Biedrins: He's 7 foot 100 or something and still struggles to get a double-double, plus gets injured every other night from a "knock" by an opposition PG. This dude is soft – hella soft, and as far as C's go he is one of the weakest in the NBA. You can run a small lineup against GSW even with Biedrins on the court because there is a better than good chance your PF can handle Biedrins in the low block – that's where this guy is at.
4. Yao Ming: Soft, soft, soft. This guy geats beaten on by Nate (there's footage of it on youtube) and comes up holding his face. He may have got you in the eye Yao, but if you knew how to hold yourself amongst the big boys, Nate would have bounced off your elbow BEFORE he got anywhere near your eye. Nuff sed. It's worth noting here I'm not going to hate on Yao for his injuries – they're legitimate – but I am going to hate for him getting pushed about so easily by smaller guys.
5. Brook Lopez: I'm sorry but this dude should be averaging a MINIMUM of 12 boards a game. MINIMUM!!!!! There is no excuse and anytime he does go near the rim, people move. But the problem is he's a fake tough guy, and doesn't like the heat in the kitchen. I watched Reggie Evans personally dismantle Lopez for 20+ boards earlier this year – I hope Avery took him aside and said "that how you do it son!!!"
6. Pau Gasol: I still believe that when crunch time comes, Gasol can't hack it. It's probably a bit harsh tp put him here, but he has been found lacking in the past. Truth be told though he is steadily growing some nads so maybe they are just descending late in life?
7. LaMarcus Aldridge: This kid infuriated me for years – all the potential, just too damn soft. Since Roy went down though we've seen a different Aldridge and that's why I put him at the end of this list. I hope though, if Roy does return, that he doesn't change otherwise he'll be a fake tough guy again and no one wants that.
Any to add?