Earlier today, Matt tweeted out an idiotic comment about Brandon Knight featured in a post from TrueHoop, an NBA blog ran by Henry Abbott (striking resemblance to a lovechild between Prof. Xavier and Billy Corgan) and featured on ESPN. Well, it turns out that Abbott was merely quoting the man seen above, Dan Felder on a piece he wrote for Piston Powered, a Detroit Pistons blog.
[sidenote: Abbott didn’t make the actual claim, but he doesn’t totally disagree with it either. However, he does makes a great point by stating that hard work + great shooting ability typically leads to a long, successful career in the NBA…and Knight has just that.]
While I wouldn’t call Dan Felder a hater, he does come across has a little disappointed in Brandon Knight. He may simply be trying to quell expectations, but it’s not like people are anointing Knight as some god-send point guard who will carry the Pistons to the promised land, so the guy needs to slow his roll a bit. To cut to the chase, he makes this absolutely LUDICROUS comment about Brandon Knight:
There’s just one problem: he wasn’t very good at playing basketball last year. He hit some big shots and showed raw talent, and he’s young. I’m certainly not writing him off. But that doesn’t just the fact that Knight wasn’t that good last year.
Wrong. Wrong. Sooooo wrong. To top it all off, he continues on and even resorts to questioning Knight’s claim of 90 credit hours. What’s the point? Really? I don’t get it. He is up and down in this article, as he tries to say he isn’t “jumping up and down” about this pick but that good can come from it. Well, of course good can come from it. There’s no way BK should have slid that far down, so the Pistons were lucky to pick him up. He throws out a bunch of statistical rankings in an attempt to show how Brandon Knight “wasn’t that good” this year, but the bottom line is that anyone who makes the claim that the best player on a Final Four team “wasn’t that good” is just being foolish.