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E Think the last time you and I spoke man way.
We're talking about R J Barrett and his inefficiencies.
And and the rookie the year stuff, the snub.
You still, you know? Yeah, I think so.
E Think he did more with less.
I think the other rookies had lesser roles and had more help.
Um, you know it Z you know, the John Moran and Brandon Clarke situation.
You know, Jo Jo, I is a better player than than R.
Barrett is right now. There's no disputing that.
But Brandon, Brandon Clarke had everything.
The modern n b a, um, team needs in order to be successful like a smart young coach that's innovative.
They had bigs that could stretch the floor, shoot the three.
They played unselfish team ball.
They had lock down defenders.
They had a point guard that could stretch the floor.
Distributed Playmate Um, and R J.
Barrett had limited Resource is like, you know, Alfred Peyton shot 20% from three, you know? I mean, this'll Julia shot 27% from three.
You know, e I'm more.
It's fair because and it's kind of like he got punished because we had a bad front office right on.
And really, it's more evidence that, yes, he did play well, in spite of everything.
Matter is is that his numbers weren't really as good or as efficient as other people because they just didn't build a right the right team to be around him like he needed.
Like everyone will give me a shooter and none.
Yes, he did score 14 points, but you could easily sit here and say he was good.
Ah, bad, good player, bad team guy.
You know, all those guys have a ton of points ton.
Um, e think that are pretty much was where he was supposed to be.
Now, the fact that he didn't make the second team, I think that was a snub.
But outside of that, I mean, his fair like, you can't expect them to get it.
When he was in sub optimal position, right? E g.
Just because he was in a position.
But what if I told you was what if I told you that that, um, r J Barrett shot 45% from the field and 32% from three? If I told you about those numbers, you would say, Well, his season was it wasn't so bad.
Right? So so you're wondering what e already like.
I'm gonna conclusion just random, random numbers, right? Well, but okay, he didn't first of all.
And number two, um, like when percentage.
All those other teams, Yes, they had better win percentage.
So the question is that someone had posed I can't remember who now, but is it better to have a rookie that played meaningful minutes and contributed toe win 80 situation or winning team, or is it better for you to have a guy.
You put up numbers for a bad team, right? Well, right, Well, so here's the thing.
Here's the thing with that to R.
Barrett was only allotted Toby impactful on to late game situations.
Was it beginning of season, where he guarded Jayson Tatum when Jayson Tatum hit the game winner for Boston.
Barrett like, basically locked them up in Jayson Tatum hit a very tough shot.
I think it was like, the second game of the season.
Uh, Jason, you don't want that, Harry.
I remember the Nets and re situation when he fits, they'll put him against He didn't bring Frank back in the game, and he allowed, um, are you bro to Garden e and Kyrie? Yeah.
No, that may do it.
I may be confused, so you may be right, but even then kind of hit a super tough shot over that kid.
You know what I'm saying? That could've easily gone.
That could easily have been a miss.
You know what I'm saying? And and the other the other late game situation is Remember knicks up by I mean, the game is tied and R J.
Barrett takes um p J.
Tucker off the dribble against the Rockets.
You know what I'm saying? For after he shot an airball on the previous possession, You know what I'm saying? So So it was like one of those one of those deals where that cat could have been like, you know, student air ball in the late game situation.
Sometimes stuff like that hurts kids confidence.
He came right back and hit the game when M.
P. J. Tucker and we know P. J.
Tucker's is a pretty good defender, you know e mean.
But after the All Star break up after the All Star break, R.
Barrett legit, shot 45% from the floor, 32% from three, and his scoring average was 17.1.
So and that's after Remember who sprained his ankle? Remember, he sprained his ankle in late January, Remember? But you gotta ask yourself, Is that too little too late? You got a Lot of the writers were like, I'm just focusing on playoff teams at this point.
E don't even wanna watch nicknames, to be honest with you, because you were back here like I'm looking at And that was one of the things I was talking about in one of the streams that I had early on was about what lessons that we learned this playoff games.
There's a lot to learn from a team building standpoint.
Miami right now, 55 87 l A.
Yeah, when you think about it, Miami is a modern and 18 in every sense of the word.
But, um, like a D is of course, um animals, boys.
Technically, they're running to the three big system.
God, we had a ton of bigs.
You know, one thing I would say for the next, like that was overstated.
I think, in a wrong way is that we had too many powerful words when you when you think about it like Orlando had just as many powerful is as us just does.
Bomba, um, if you want to say power forwards in a change with center, you have bomba.
Um, Aaron Gordon, technically, is a powerful, definitely powerful word.
Um, what is the, uh who Savic Kim Berg? Yeah, guys, that would just follow horns.
He takes you have to see my mouth, right, And he made eight seed.
We didn't we had a play.
And that was the other thing, too.
Like where you remember the year before when folks was being traded Ton of Knick fans was like, I don't want Marquel, folks.
Marquel folks came back a better defensive player.
It started to come around and he was African.
Eight points per game with, like, five assists per game.
Frank, you never touched that per game.
No, no, Like Dennis Smith, technically could do that.
But you know, it's tough, man.
It's tough a point guard play.
If we just had a point guard that can actually shoot, wait a lot of damage, that team.
And so so I'm on record.
I started at the beginning of the year.
Before the season started, I was thinking that team had the potential to be 41 41.
If looks like you may hear me out, get me out, though.
So if if three things happened, the three things could happen consistently, then I believe that team could have been 41 41 right? And so so here the things Number one in game situations, whiteboard management situations with David Fizdale if David Fizdale could got could get open looks on 50% off the out of bounds.
Dead ball situations.
Then you're talking about Kevin Knox, R J.
Barrett or somebody, um, you know, they're scoring everything.
Confidence would would be increased, right? And of course, you don't want to say that that just because they get a good look means they'll get a great shot.
All I'm saying is is if they hit half of the shots like 50% on on drawing up plays, then you were talking about out of every dead ball, time out or dead ball situation.
You get a basket on 25% of the plays as opposed to us coming out of time, out dead ball situations, looking clueless.
You know, sometimes sometimes I believe we didn't even know what personnel was on the floor under Fizdale coming out of time outs and such right? Oh, popular cannot just rebuttal on on dead ball situations.
All right, how many dead broke was Situations will be meaningful altogether if we weren't competitive from beginning from Jump Street.
Because to me, before dead ball situation in the game has to be prepped for I never felt that he prepped for the game.
So dead ball situation didn't make a difference if you didn't prepare the team from the beginning.
Well, well, and eso and I understand.
I understand what you're saying.
But But But 75 95.
Uh, but But check this out, though.
Um, there were situations where Jason Tatum couldn't hit the broadside of a barn.
Right? And Brad Stevens at dead ball.
We'll go to them and be like, Hey, man, listen, I'm gonna draw something up for you.
Just be ready and he'd come out and take them, Will get an open look.
And it'll probably be like a wide open 18 ft jumper, right? You know, I'm saying something, something elementary, something you've been hitting since middle school, right? And it'll just get and it'll just get him seeing the ball go through the basket.
Whereas with Fizdale, you don't even know.
You know, we look discombobulated coming out of those situations.
So So basically getting into those situations where he had a chance in order to grow somebody's confidence, he destroyed their confidence.
He made their confidence worse by coming out and everybody looking like it's looking like a Chinese fire drill, you know what I mean? So it's one of those deals where I felt like if that had happened, if that had gone the way that that you know, um, that most Indian teams do it, I think you'll see, um, in uptick in wins.
So here's the second part.
Here's the second thing play.
Damien Dotson and Alonso traer.
Why did you go get ready bullet and win Ellington when you basically have the same guy sitting on your bench? Except they had been there for years, You know what I mean? I'm not gonna Okay.
So what does? What does he do that Daniel Johnson can't do? Oh, okay.
To me, Reggie Bullet was more for for the practice for type thing.
And also, historically, he has been This was his worst here s o.
He shot 40% from the field.
So it was like, one year.
I think he's shot like 45 to 48%.
Is that all right? He came in her first of all.
Dawson, when the idea that I had When? When They built the steam Waas pumping, though.
And I'm gonna hit the pump and come back in a minute to me.
Just like with Marcus Morris Waas Let him get as many good minutes as he could early in the season.
Put up your numbers and we'll treat same thing with Bob.
Reporters pump, Um, get your stats.
Re dump you on a playoff team Takes really with some of the best role players.
And really like I think that Reggie Bullock is a great trade target next year.
Go trick or something went on Damian Johnson If we resigned him for for a decent contract like we could and dump both of them on some TV And I think Golden State is one of those teams.
****, Goran Rogers is hurt.
I don't know if he's coming back for the rest of all for the game.
So Dragic just heard.
Um, Jimmy Butler's heard bio think is hurt.
No, I don't think he's got He just got fall.
So a bunch of Miami players are hurt right now.
Guys, we're going back to the pump and dump the idea.
Really? Waas that, um, you want to treat one of these guys, right? Right.
If we actually had traded Reggie Bullock for and also Marcus Morris, you know, we probably could have gotten two first round picks if they had really been shooting at 45%.
Uh, Wells, um, same thing with like to me, I really felt like Portland was the team to trade with.
I've been saying that all season if we give in Portland two wings toe, go along with what they had because they needed a wing and I wanted us Zach Collins and the 15 think Wow, Progressive, right? You gotta understand.
Like we Technically you gotta understand.
Reggie Bullock and Marcus.
More arrests are too good.
Three point shooters and tough defenders.
They have no defensive players, none of the wing.
They've been needed wings since birth.
E Uh um, like, it's tough, but I would have gone after that 15 thick because that's what we would have ended up with.
And then they would have made the playoffs, you know, with these guys.
And that would have had a ton because a probably will wind up being like the 18th pick or the 19th pick because you probably think they be better off.
You know, I'm saying with talent that's acquired.
But I understand your logic, though I feel like that was the logic.
But again, to me, physical messed it all up because his his offense.
And again, this is where I don't blame him off his offense.
What offense? Well, like a swarm offensive defensive standpoint, because game he had no strategy in the game he had after the game.
But watch which which that was his background coming from Miami.
So I understand your e feel like Fizdale mess everything up so far, right? And so so here.
So here's the third part.
Here is the third part of how I think the Knicks could have gone 41 41 part of advertising, Um um, the pecking order on the team.
So I think it should.
We should have gone.
Julius Randle was number one out to an R.
Barrett is number two, and McMorris is number three.
And here's Here's the reason why, right, because Morris is what we call a journeymen room man scorer, right? He brings toughness to your team, but he is, but he has never contributed.
He has never contributed to an N b A championship.
Like what he does is not something crucial to say.
Because the dude has never won anything.
The closest he got is when he was in Boston during the Isaiah Thomas years.
You know what I'm saying? And And after Isiah Thomas left, that stuff backfired on them.
So why prioritize him over the development of Kevin Knox and R.
Barrett? You know, you pay him $15 million you tell him to come in and be, um um a captain on the team, not a general.
You're not a general.
You're You're like a lieutenant, you know, I'm saying, Like, listen, thes cats come.
These cats come first, you know, don't come out here trying to eat.
And But what happened is he came out and tried to eat, and he took over the number one roll from joke from Randall.
So now what you get from Randall is secondary, and it looks secondary.
The power forwards, an average 20 and 10 are not as common as they used to be.
So when you get a cat that's averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds.
Excellent passer for his position.
My only my only.
And despite what people say about Randall, the dude had pretty good handles for, um, for a power forward, that my only deal is that the spacing on the floor was so bad that he, you know, Blue goes his way into the paint and lost the ball or the team got down by too many points.
So you down by 11 points in the fourth quarter and you got to make a comeback.
And you're giving the ball to Julius Randle, as opposed to playing modern, eh? NBA ball.
Like putting him in a pick and roll with a ball handling guard that can space the floor and get a mismatch.
You know, like your Julius Randle onto a guard as opposed to Julius Randle up against the power forward.
So if you had established that pecking order, I think the next could could well have been on their way.
So 41 41 unfortunately, the spacing on the floor of band And it's not just the three point shooting, like like Sim from nothing but Nick said, um, shot to send, by the way, what he said, was this.
Um, the spacing was not totally based on making three point shots, personnel standing clumped together while one other person has them all affected spacing.
Also, you want planning, and he's got an excellent point.
But But my point is, if you if you say, Hey, Jules, you're the number one option in the half court in the full court is RJ's ball.
If we get if we're in transition, get out of the way and let our they do his thing.
Because that's RJ's probably top skill and arguably top skill.
And Julius is top skill.
Is Isil in the half court against other power forwards and digs because he's got the mobility and handle and things like that to get to the basket and finishing traffic.
And so if you do that now, you have people playing to their strengths, as opposed to R. J.
Barrett bowling into the Boeing towards the basket and traffic as a guard, you know, blowing in there into three people as opposed to Julius Randle doing it.
And then you got Julius Randle, playmaking friend of Perimeter, which is R. J. Barrett strength.
So that's one that uses what s so I think there was a lot of things that if we had done it, um um, more economically, I think we probably could have, you know, one more games.
So let me ask you this.
Who would be a starting five out of that? Like, give me a certain five based on based on last year.
Starting roster? Well, no, just the roster period right now.
Um, right now I would probably I'm not talking about right now. Let's see.
We re writing Nick last year.
Season? You're the coach.
You starting off the season.
But everyone's healthy this time.
Because remember, Elfrid Payton was on help.
Was was hurt at the beginning of the season, right on other things.
So, like, e would start based on that, I would start Elfrid Payton and then, um, Dotson in the backcourt.
Barrett at the three along with Morris and Julius Randle, and go completely small.
Just just do that right way do And and it spreads the floor because and listen, I know Mitch.
I know Mitch is a star in the making, but he wasn't He wasn't that guy that last October.
You know what I'm saying? Way watched him during the season.
He got a lot better.
And during the season, Yeah, but but yeah, I would go with that lineup because for one, it takes it takes a lot of the stuff that we talked about out of the equation from the start.
But from the start with you have shootings on the floor and Morris and Damian Johnson, right, You also it also gives you it also gives you spacing, because now you're running three guards and basically to power forwards together.
So now you don't have in one person clogging up the paint or that needs to be in a restricted area in order to score.
Because, you know, you moved to score from the three point line and and Randolph in school from from the perimeter with momentum coming towards the basket.
Um, same thing with R J and Alfred. Peyton.
Um, So I would start, I would have start there, and And my first guy, my first guy off the bench, would have probably been, um um print the Latina or, um, Mitchell Robinson.
Now you think about think about this on rebounds on a routine say on the rebound. Right.
So you have a 2010 guy and Julius Randle, Right? So on the rebound, now you can push the ball.
Now you can go and get any get easy baskets against defense is that are not set up as opposed to our main struggle of generating offense against a set defense in the half court.
Um, one day I do like about That is the fact that if you get a defensive star like Randall in the open court would be is devastated.
Um, here, the only thing is like, Thio, go back to your idea that Morris will be a number three.
Does that give you that? That 27 3rd world, if he's the number three rather than the number one, because remember putting up numbers.
Got you that 27th World, right? Right.
Yeah, of course.
I think I think showcasing him in a flexible lineup Onley makes only makes him more appealing.
Like Look, this guy can play the three and four.
He can rebound, play in transition and defend on the perimeter.
E think it just makes him more appealing.
I think instead of maybe think about it.
Instead of him going thio the Clippers, we could send him to Portland, just like what you said.
And it may have been like the 19th pick.
Don't the reason why I think that it was better to showcase him as the number one option for the team is because he never been a number one option.
I've seen him do the number three Number four, Number five option on a team for years, Boston and also with Phoenix Like he's never been.
This like what we saw with the next last year, right? But never did Derrick Williams needed.
And Michael Beasley, I mean, really kicking land away.
I mean, the list goes on and on for God's for journeymen, through slash falls that come to New York and eat.
You know, when they come to New York and eat and get there, wait up.
You know what I'm saying? And then they go and be like the 3rd 4th guy on another team.
I mean, it's historically it.
I mean, it happens.
I mean, think about your egg.
Yeah, dudes that were never the number one on their own team come to New York and eat and then go and be like the number one somewhere.
So I mean, we love the number.
Navy McDaniels was like the number three, um, on on Seattle when it was Tom Chambers, Dale Ellis, and Xavier McDaniel's right.
We get him, we get him, he comes in New York.
He's like, we and and then you go and then it becomes the man and helped Phoenix.
What's going on? Yeah, I still they think that zero valuables was a better player.
That Charles Open.
No, no, no doubt, no doubt.
Like no doubt people.
Charles Oakley as being a let Nick legend.
I truly believe Xavier McDaniel Horse Monye invaluable to our team than Charles Oakland like Charles Oakley was just meteo What e.
That's an interesting take.
I don't know the release of 41 wins.
Well, that's an interesting take, because one thing I can say that we all consider is that Mike Miller was on a piece toe win 31 games.
So e think about this s o with the starting find that I gave you.
Write the starting find that I gave you.
What would you What would you need off the bench in order to make the team even better? Do you need a say, a microwave scoring guard off the bench like a six man microwave guy? But we had one in the lines of prayer.
You know, the interior defense.
We got one in Mitchell Robinson.
You need to, like, lock down one defender.
We got one in frightening Latina.
You know what I'm saying? So, like, if you play my point to it, all this, if we play people and roles that fit them, then it would be easier for them to succeed.
Like if we just brought Frank off the bench like a frank Listen, you'll give the secondary ball handler when you get on the floor.
But your main goal is to lock down the other team's primary scorer, primary wing score.
That's why he and his element, that's it.
That's in his bag, You know, I'm saying you told tree like so you ain't starting.
But when you hit the floor, I need you to score.
You know what I'm saying? I need you to score against the second units.
That's in his bag.
You know what I'm saying? E mean, you know, you like going forward, but like the one thing that off all things like, there's not many things that bothered me about last season because I know it wasn't built.
Right? But Alonso is the one thing that is the sore spot.
I mean, I don't I think it's so petty that that guy didn't get more minutes.
So petty the Charlotte game.
Remember the Charlotte the I'm sorry that Charlotte but the okay was that maybe Memphis is one of those teams that were ICA.
It may have been Memphis from Memphis game.
He came in, like, at the end of the third quarter and scored, like, 20 straight points.
Now he stopped and he started the offense.
Now he did not want to pass that ball, but But he was, like, four or five and then going into, like, the end of the third quarter in the third quarter, beginning fourth quarter and my exactly my man up like, Yeah, man, this is what you do.
You know what I'm saying? And and Mike Miller, Satyam Mike Miller.
Then if you let him come back out like this.
Dude, this dude scored eight points on three or four shooting.
Two free throws, right? And Mike Miller is like, Yeah, let you shine a little bit.
Get your ass back on the bench.
Hey, what you doing? But the only thing Okay, so let me ask you this.
If you're the culture, the team do you sacrifice, like, one toe to make a point that would help in the long run Because, like, to me, the one thing is is that with Zo you needed Zotto actually developed to like, you know, even though he's a microwave score, you wanted to add passing, you want him toe, add some defense.
You know all that stuff, like like, if you're not willing to even try toe to expand yourself in that way, which, you know, he tried to me.
I think he wanted to, but at the same time, like once, he got on the court because, like, ****ing epic, right? Because, like, I've barely getting I've been touched the floor because everybody, the thing, the thing with this, this this is what I tell fans of other people's of what the score is 96 1109 Is the score of baiting on here? I don't think so.
It had a baby since we got on.
It's kind of a hero.
Just drove to the basket and brought the lead down to 13.
It was a 25 point lead.
Now he's down to 13 euros, six points so far in the fourth.
Two minutes point.
You have two minutes, 30 seconds to go.
Yeah, you know what? What I tell like when I talkto fans of other teams, right when I tell them like, Well, why don't you all start? Tree were at point guard, Tree A and R.
If you didn't have any point guard, his career can look like he could spoil eso.
My thing is, we tree or is treated probably had the best handles, the best basketball he knows on the team, right? But this being the excellent excellent ball handler and a good score doesn't make you a point guard.
It just means you're ah ah guard with excellent handles and scoring ability you don't make you don't make you have court vision or make you a willing passer and and trigger was none of that because the Fizdale started RJ and traer in the backcourt opening night right opening night.
The backcourt was R.
Barrett, that point guard trigger at at the two, right? So we get in a situation where traer is basically afraid of the spotlight, like he's starting Ultimate night at MSG.
You know what I'm saying is too much for him.
They had to hurry up and get him on the game and put knocks in the game at the two.
So now you have.
So now it's like now you got R J.
And and Kevin knocks like the biggest backcourt we probably ever had at one at one time in the in the backcourt and Kevin Knox looked like a deer in headlights like he wanted to do something.
But the position was new.
So now and people people were saying, Oh, he had a lack of effort and he looked slow and all that stuff.
Well, of course, the dude is like 686768 chasing around dudes that are like 65 You know what I'm saying? He's not that athletic, you know.
So I mean, I think a lot of things.
I think a lot of things went wrong.
I think RJ should have started way off the ball.
Um, that way he could He could, you know, score against teams second or third, Best defender, as opposed to be an iced out at first.
And then you take everybody off the floor and it's RJ the number one score against, you know, against the other teams.
I think the whole the whole situation.
It was just, you know, just weird.
Like it was just too much stuff going on.
Man, I'm I'm glad Mike Miller is gone.
And I'm glad to his day I was going to I think Mike Miller is a the fact.
The fact that he's not even in the organization anymore should be assigned to Knicks fans to let them know how bad Mike Miller waas.
I mean, hey, started.
Mohawk is over, Captain knocks and was really more heart.
Wasn't even gonna be there.
Well, come on, freezing.
You can't be Oh, more rockers, man more.
Think about think about that More heartless.
You start Mojave, Kevin knocks.
You just treated for more heartless.
You had to see what what you had in them.
You have to see if people or not.
Um, also, you want to see if one thing I've been bringing up on Sims podcast is shout out to nothing but next for sure 31 is that there's a sign.
Intrigued market, too.
Right off season so far, we could use signing trades just like Golden State did get when they got rid of 80.
Uh, Katie left they still something from him.
And that led to the Angelo Russell, which then led toe number two overall.
Like the number A number one pick for next year and one of the best drafts that that we had in a long time.
Like you just look LeBron draft.
So going back, one move into the next.
Um, if we want to move up, let's see to trade with Bullen State.
And this was a tree that I brought up.
I've been listening toe Golden State news and and all that stuff on all that, and they all I am one consensus.
They all want to get more wings again, right? They believe that Ego Dawa.
Um, Harrison Barnes.
Those guys were good offensive wings that gave them a chance toe win games.
Yeah, if you do that again, Um, what is the more heartless? Because we have them and we have the right to pick him first.
I just We could actually do the sign and trade whatever.
Another 10 mill we could add in fillers, picks, whatever it takes to get up to a ST Andrew Wiggins.
Um um contract, which is 30 mil.
So, technically, now you're talking about, uh, more heartless.
Um, what was the other shooting guard that you don't like? Um, he got, like, four mil right now, but, you know, like, you just start adding up contracts and it'll add up toe.
So what? He's making? Uh, so you know Reggie Bullock? You thought all those wings in there and we could give you veteran wings that could help propel you to that.
That priest that you wanna be Now that's so why do we need to move up to number two? That's what Lemelle a ball.
If you want the melon ball right s so if you want the Lemelle Oh, signing trade without giving up Mitch.
And also large, you keep those cornerstone to pieces.
And then you add Lamela's ball that help.
You know what I'm saying? Like you could try to trade picks or whatever if you want to add, like, a more veteran players Somewhere in that mix.
And I hadn't even talked trading random, which Randall might look Golden State Warriors.
But who knows what the value? Because they got a match up with a D.
Now they got a match up with LeBron, right? They're gonna need guys that could do it.
Um, I just feel like there's a avenue toe like there's a reason toe playing more heartless.
There's just Yeah, Kevin, it's not like Kevin Knox didn't get experience, but he just didn't get it playing.
You know, in practice, he saw how Marcus Morris prepared.
He saw how, um, Ellington prepared for games.
Stuff like that changes the lights, that pregame.
And also during.
Sure, so that that was my I don't feel like more heartless was that bad toe where he didn't deserve a goal.
But I, like knocks, deserve more minutes.
Hey, man, I disagree with you.
I think more hawkers ass was trash e.
So this'd is This is what you wanted to be there.
That's one thing that was obvious.
But But he is from New York, and he played at ST John's and you got traded to the Knicks.
So you like dog? How? Not motivated.
Yeah, but he was living in L A.
Well, e a doe and s.
So I want to say every shout out to your chat.
By the way, I think at Jack the Beast tip put you 100.
I don't know what that is.
It's 100 something.
I would just call it principles because I knew they still do to Jack.
Thank you, but yeah.
But the thing was, Mo Harkless, though, is if you can't really look lost on defense when you your calling card is a veteran wing defender.
And he looked lost in New York.
Like the the one of the highlights of the end of Russell Westbrook.
Don't at MSG, he beat Mo Harkless, and it wasn't.
Listen, I know Russell was gonna beat a lot of people off the dribble.
I know that now I know that. So I'm not I'm not.
I'm not implying that Russell Westbrook is an average NBA guard.
What I'm implying is this Mo Harkless gave this dude about 10 ft to shoot the three.
And Russell Westbrook put the ball on the ground and went around him and dump and And Houston stole the moment.
And when Eric Gordon hit the three after that and because remember, we were we were beating the Rockets and then they came back.
Remember? We were beating the Rockets at halftime thoroughly and and then and so they came back by, um, picking on our veterans with their reputations.
Like Reggie Bullock is a three and do guy, you know, Wayne Ellington is a three point specialist.
You know, Mo Harkless is a veteran wing defender.
All these things, and Houston exploited all that stuff, and it was the kids that brought us back.
You know what I'm saying? That's what that's what I'm saying.
You know, if you were moved, if it were me, I know you have to have.
You have to spend a certain amount of money on that.
You have to spend 90% of the cap and understand that, and I understand that's the reason why they went after a certain guys like, um um, Morning Ellington and Reggie Bullock and such.
But I felt like you had those guys on your roster already in Damion Dotson and Alonso traer it.
So why not play those two young guys dot started last year, remember dot with are starting to guard last year before we got R. J. Barrett.
You know what I'm saying? So So And the reason why didn't perform up to expectations is because he played hurt most of the season with the shoulder surgery that kept him out the same period that Reggie Bullock was out.
Remember, book and that were out together.
They showed up to next training camp towards the end, and Bullet didn't come back till december dot came back at the beginning of the season.
You know what I'm saying? So that was still rusty, and Bullet was still hurt.
You know what I'm saying? And then if you asked like, Well, why do you play Wayne Ellington over Alonso atraer? Yeah, that that one was a no brainer.
Like, remember, there was a point in time.
They were like they were trying to, like, talk up when Ellington how How professional.
You are, uh, in gym shooting before came, like, x amount of jobs.
But you were still trash, or like, he wasn't getting that.
And some of that is because the offense was tragic.
And, you know, this is where I Okay, okay.