David Thorpe's Day 3 insights from courtside at the Orlando Pro Summer League (which you can also follow on Twitter).
I have to go home to see my family. Sorry to cut this short. Tune in Friday for Vegas action.
I see Bill Walker make amazingly athletic plays. On offense.
Westbrook could be a very skinny guy. He's not. That should be a lesson to other guys with similar builds.
Good defense always starts with great starting positions, both individually and with all 5 guys. The Thunder, collectively, get that.
I think they struggle most with when to call blocking falls on bigs who aggressively hedge ballscreens.
Fans think the block/charge call is the hardest to make. Refs say officiating the post is toughest. Know what I think?
Swift and Fazekas just can't move.
The Celtics, in season, give clinics with their big men showing and recovering on screens. This week, not.
Livingston can be terrific on defense. He was for LA.
Hudson has been a steals leader in college for 2 years. It's because he hounds the hell out of the ballhandler. I love that.
Swift deserves credit-he's worked hard at building up his body.
Westbrook always has to be accounted for on the offensive glass. Lester Hudson must not have been keeping track of my rookie reports.
Shaun Livingston is back. He's playing every other day since they are playing in Vegas too.
Robert Swift does not.
Westbrook has a chance to be a all-defenive team guy.
OK city vs. Celtics.
I think Hibbert can be a starter for a good team if only he could move better in tight spaces. I'd try anything I were him to get quicker.
Especially if Roy could only eat what he catches.
Remember how Mickey had Rocky chasing chickens to prepare for Apollo's speed? I'd do that with Hibbert. His nimbleness would improve a ton.
Izzo is a genius because he helped Suton look terrific. He needs Izzo now. He is a scrappy guy though.
Hansbrough is tough to guard on the perimeter, if pressured. He takes big steps and eats up space fast. At the rim sooner than you'd think.
I like seeing Hibbert extend his defense when necessary, but I know why he likes to stay inside. He is a formiddable presence.
Suton has a lot of holes in his game. Izzo is a genius.
Hansbrough is simply too anchored to the floor to be a good rebounder. But he can train to get better at being a "quick jumper".
Eric Maynor, like most guards, keeps his hands too low when defending the ball. He'd be more of a pest with hands wide. Deflections!!
Tyler just got a steal off a post denial. Smart!
Josh Duncan is such a solid defender.
Derek Brown has the ability to be a great help blocker. Think Josh Smith (lite version).
But I don't think he knows that yet.
It will be interesting to see if NBA players will foul Hansbrough often as a rookie. He's a foul magnet, but will he be as a rookie?
Maynor just learned a big nba lesson; "drivers must always account for shot blockers". And Hibbert is the blocker in this equation.
Hibbert is moving better, without doubt. He has to keep "valuing" that, and not just focus on skill.
Hansbrough plays behind his man in the post. Poor decision now. Worse during the season, unless it's part of a bigger plan.
Hibbert would be an immeasurably better defender if he would work on sliding faster on d. I think he can get better there.
So it's not going to be a good "tweet" day for Goran Suton.
Today is all about defense and rebounding. Hope it's not boring.