Originally Posted by Rolando Blackman
he (magic) couldnt guard his own shadow tho
so magic couldn't do an equal or better job of stopping russel westbrook than chalmers did in the Finals this year when rwb went apesh*t and okc still lost?
stopping point guard penetration is one of the most overrated aspects of effective team defense.
pg penetration is a given in basketball. that is one of the main aspects of the position and it is built into the game of basketball like paying the blinds is in poker.
only a handful of athletes in the history of the game were athletic enough to consistently stop super-quick pg's like chris paul or kevin johnson from getting in the lane. literally, only mj, lebron, scottie, maybe two or three others that i'm missing could do it.
russel westbrook and tim hardaway penetrate when they want to. no one is stopping them, not magic, not deron williams not anybody.
it is not coinicidence that since 1980, there has been exactly 2 nba champions that had "penetrating" pgs, and magic is excluded from this, because that is who i'm defending here.
tony parker and isiah thomas. that's it. they are only guys. the only other guy to come close to sniffing a ring was john stockton, and we all know why he didn't win.
and it isn't a coincidence that the pg games of these three pg's was far more sophisticated and nuanced than most other pg's whose teams failed to reach these heights, but i won't get into that.
the point is that so what if magic can't stay in front of deron williams. he couldn't stay in front of isiah thomas either, but it didn't stop his team from winning.
derek fisher allowed guys to go by him like he was getting bonuses for doing it, yet it didn't stop the lakers from winning.
stopping pg penetration is a relatively insignificant aspect of effective team defense and would not be a factor in assessing whether 2012 team usa would have a chance against the dream team.