If you weren't on Twitter yesterday and saw the ESPN feature ranking NBA players, then you should probably get on now and read what has been said about it. But first, here are your daily "Loud Links."
If you were one of the people who was on Twitter, you are pretty aware that Kobe Bryant was ranked by ESPN as the 25th best player in the NBA, and boy did that start up some controversy. Thunder forward Kevin Durant didn't hold back and tweeted this out:
Players should rate players..just like the nfl do..these analysts never played at this level before! Just being real— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) October 16, 2013
I don't know if I agree entirely with KD, but I could easily say that there is absolutely no way that there is 24 better players in this league than Kobe Bryant.
We really haven't seen much to be excited about this preseason about Jeremy Lamb. Sure, it's only three preseason games in, but shouldn't this be the time of the year where he's showing off his abilities? Daily Thunder's Royce Young wonders if it's time to worry about Jeremy Lamb:
With the Thunder's offseason so clearly based around confidence in both Lamb and Reggie Jackson being able to fulfill second unit roles replacing the loss of Kevin Martin as sixth man, the sluggish offensive start to Lamb's season does raise some eyebrows. Oh, and the fact that Lamb was the centerpiece in the trade that sent All-Star James Harden to Houston, there's some attention on that part of it too.
Carmelo Anthony won the scoring tittle and led the Knicks to 54 wins after playing the entire season as a stretch-four, many teams have been using more original small forwards as their starting power forwards in other to creative bigger mismatches on the perimeter. How did Durant and other forwards pan out as the "stretch-four". Zach Harper has a great article on the position:
Maybe the most intriguing of all of these stretch-4s were Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Durant was one of the elite shooters at the stretch-4 with an effective field goal percentage of 57.4 percent. But the team's defense suffered by a couple of points per 100 possessions whenever he was playing the 4.
If you have a little extra time to listen to a podcast, check out Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater talk about if KD is the MVP favorite, amongst other things.
Kevin Durant's mom Wanda Pratt was a speaker at an OKC event called "Shine the Light." She spoke on some painful events that stemmed from her childhood, but also how society can begin to change the over-sexualization pervasive in modern culture.
Have you ever dreamed about what Metta World Peace is like around 5th grade students? Your dream has come true. World Peace rode a double-decker New York tour bus with a bunch of 10-year olds and as you can imagine, it was pretty awesome. This exchange between one of the kids and Metta is all kinds of great.
At one point, a fifth grader notices a billboard for Larry Flynt's Hustler Club. It's not subtle. The boy, being around 12, tells the whole bus about it. Soon, everyone is screaming. "We're going to re-route this bus," World Peace says. Then, another fifth grader turns to World Peace. "Remember when you were playing, and you went like that to James Harden?" he asked, mimicking an elbow. During the 2012 playoffs, World Peace leveled Harden, and was suspended for seven games. "No," World Peace replied. "Absolutely not. That never happened."
"I looked it up on YouTube," he responded.
"Absolutely not," said World Peace. "Absolutely not. I don't know what you're talking about."
I had to leave this one for last because I just can't believe the Thunder traded this guy away. And no, I'm not talking about James Harden. Remember Byron Mullens, Thunder fans?