The reigning Defensive Player of the Year shut down the notion Golden State would have trouble defending the Trail Blazers if they landed another All-Star this summer. It was a response to Lillard, who told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian that the Trail Blazers would be difficult to guard if Anthony joined him, C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic.
“I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso’ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic)…I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it’s already hard to guard us.
“We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now—we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo…good luck.”
Both Lillard and McCollum have tried to sell New York’s All-Star forward ever since the potential three-team trade between the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Knicks broke down in early July.
It was such a tough decision. But there was one person who I knew I could talk to about it from every angle, who I knew would give me the smartest and most honest perspective available: Coach Stevens.
Like Hayward said, Stevens was “the person I knew I could count on the most.” That is extremely Orioles Cheap Jerseys high praise.
Now Hayward and Stevens have “unfinished business” from 2010, when they lost the NCAA national championship Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys game. Hayward saw Boston as his best chance at an NBA title down the line, and now he’s taking that chance.