Coach Kenny Atkinson had plans to use Kevin Durant as a striker in the small ball squad, but he didn’t get a chance to do that.
Kevin Durant almost had to play as a striker
Before the decline of young talent Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson thought of the idea of putting Kevin Durant in the middle of the bar. Accordingly, the 2-time Finals MVP winner will occupy the No. 5 position when the home team makes a small-ball lineup.
“It is no problem since Kevin Durant is a strong and tall basketball player. When he gets out, everyone has to come out and accompany them. Every team understands that and you have to take advantage ” coach Atkinson said to the New York Post.
However, the 52-year-old strategist did not have a chance to realize his intention. Just days after making a comment about Kevin Durant, he received a dismissal from the board of directors. Temporarily sitting in the hot seat is assistant Jacque Vaughn.
Jacque Vaughn also didn’t pay attention to Jarrett Allen, but he had another way to reduce the number of minutes played by the 21-year-old player. In both matches he was in charge, DeAndre Jordan started in the room, while Allen came on as a substitute.
Vaughn has shown that he wants to take over as head coach next season, and the best thing is to build a squad that can support the two biggest stars of the team, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Jordan is a close friend of the two stars and competes with them on the US team at the 2016 Olympics.
Anyway, the idea for Brooklyn Nets to play small ball and put Kevin Durant in the 5th position is also very interesting. The former 2-year-old Golden State Warriors is one of the top NBA’s best pitchers and has incredible strength. Surely he will cause many difficulties for the slow strikers on the other side of the battle line.
Antetokounmpo let LeBron James “breathe smoke” in the MVP race
In an ESPN 2019 MVP title survey conducted with 70 journalists and reporters involved, Giannis Antetokounmpo had the overwhelming majority of votes compared to the rest of the names.
60/70 votes wrote to the Greek player, the remaining 10 belonged to LeBron James. That shows how much experts rate Antetokounmpo. If this season can continue, the remaining 19 games are hard to help LeBron change the position.
It’s good news for the NBA anyway, LeBron James’s shadow has enveloped the NBA for too long and Antetokounmpo appears like a successor to the 35-year-old man.
The numbers do not lie, this year the Greek god of merits brought an average of 29.6 points – 13.7 rebound – 5.8 assist in a match, his influence on Milwaukee Bucks is also very clear.
The competitive spirit and leadership of Antetokounmpo helped Bucks get 53-12, the best tournament. Before the season is postponed, Antetokounmpo and his teammates are aiming for the best record in the history of the NBA Regular Season.
However, COVID-19 is causing everyone to stop, for Milwaukee Bucks in general and Giannis Antetokounmpo, in particular, are longing for the tournament to continue because they have been waiting for the championship for a long time.
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