Last night, I believed I’d heard the most counterfactual statement I’d be likely to hear all year long. During the preseason opener for the Houston Rockets, Rockets color commentator Matt Bullard said this about Toney Douglas, who you might remember from such things as missing that layup, driving into traffic with his head down, and turning the ball over:
“Toney Douglas is more of a pure point guard type who looks to get his teammates the ball.”
Amusement just isn’t strong enough. My goodness, if only Douglas had been that, the 2011-12 Knicks would have been vastly better for it. (Though, then again, his utter inability to be this is why we saw Jeremy Lin in the first place.)
Anyhow, that was going to remain in the top spot (and poor Toney, if the Rockets are expecting this of him), but then I read this from Mike Woodson, on Jason Kidd:
“He’s going to play some 2 this year,’’ Woodson said. “He can play 3 as well. He can guard 1, 2 and 3.’’
Look, I think Jason Kidd can help the Knicks as a backup point guard. He even shoots the three well enough that he’s not the worst option to stretch some defenses at the two while someone else, presumably Raymond Felton or Pablo Prigioni, handles point guard duties.
But no one who has seen Jason Kidd defend recently could say with a straight face that Kidd can defend a 1, 2, or a 3, let alone have the Iman Shumpert-like defensive versatility to do all three.
If the plan really is to have Jason Kidd guarding a lot of shooting guards and small forwards, the Knicks better hope Marcus Camby or Tyson Chandler is always in the game. Because there will be plenty of action around the rim to clean up.
Anyhow, it makes about as much sense as announcing that J.R. Smith has lost the starting shooting guard competition to… absolutely no one.
Will be nice to have some actual game footage to ingest tonight, because the quotes are getting out of hand.