If the USA wants to get better with the world about basketball, it’s time that they decide that they need basketball players who love the sport. They need to develop younger role models who have a passion for the game of basketball and have a physical desire to get better at it. No longer are NBA players dominating the world and so American basketball players have sort of become a dinosaur and the world is playing spectacular basketball with countries like Croatia, Argentina, Spain, Australia, and France. U.S. basketball players won’t surprise the world with their basketball performances, but they will try and get other world basketball teams to adapt to their speed and athleticism, which I hope they won’t ignore too mildly, because agility and the ability to shoot has puzzled the American basketball team at times. No longer will the world stare in awe of the U.S’s basketball greatness. It’s time for the U.S. to show that they need their teenagers to love playing basketball again.
Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 26, breaking Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points at Madison Square Garden. He hasn’t been much of a contributing factor against much basketball opponents because he hasn’t shown much performance in his game since the outburst. If you want to talk about basketball outbursts, look at Kevin Durant and his scoring binges. He has scored 30+ points in the last ten games, grabbed 7 rebounds, averaged 4 assists, shot 57% from the field, and has been nearly perfect from the free throw line. Lebron James has also played very good basketball games, but none outperforming Kevin Durant as of late. It will be interesting to consider who will be MVP of the league and of the NBA Finals, if the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder meet again. Lebron James outdueled Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant will rely on his supporting cast to help him out, as he leads the team in scoring. It will be hard for Durant to manage without Russell Westbrook, as he recovers from his injury.
Anthony Davis is developing, however it’s only his second year in the NBA. The power forward/center for the New Orleans Pelicans is maturing quite nicely for someone who has Kevin Garnett’s game, but doesn’t quite have the shooting touch for a big man yet. He is making strides when it comes to setting pick-and-rolls and staying low on the weak side when his point guard attracts attention when he is penetrating in the lane. Davis knows how to rotate in the lane, because now he can move around in the paint and knows how to avoid the 3-second violation because he understands he can’t be in the lane for more than three seconds. He knows how to move after setting a screen and when he sets the pick, his point guard understands where he’s going to move and he sends Davis the ball on his way to the hoop. Give him a few more years and Davis is a solid rotational player who knows his fundamentals in the Pelicans’ lineup.
The Chicago Bulls are building for the future, as they try and trade Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. It’s a step forward for Chicago, as they try and move forward without him. Trading Deng means the Bulls will rebuild again and without Derrick Rose again, they won’t need a swingman type of perimeter player. The Bulls are trying to acquire Nikola Mirotic as they get a franchise-type player, this time not a point guard, but a power forward. The Golden State Warriors are interested in signing Kirk Hinrich, while the Houston Rockets want sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy from the Bulls. All these trades for Chicago means they want to get younger faster and as they try to get young, they’ll might need a change of personnel.