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  • one of Katy's teammates who's doing the talking.

  • He told basketball news dot com that Nets fan should in temper expectations about the upcoming season.

  • Asked how Katie is looking behind the scenes, Nets center Jared Allen said, I'll just keep it short and simple.

  • K d is back again.

  • So that being said, should we have doubts about Katie being Katie this season?

  • Stephen A.

  • And Perk back here with us?

  • No.

  • Did you ever hear doubts coming out of my mouth, Molly and or in the last year and a half that we've talked about Kevin Durant ever once any doubts?

  • No, sir.

  • And it ain't gonna happen now.

  • And here's the reason why, if K D was Michael Jordan, if he were, you know, you know, back in the day, let me go Old school to David Thompson, the Dr J.

  • Julius Erving's of the World Stuff like that, and their game was predicated on their elite athleticism.

  • That would be one thing.

  • But even though we know Katie to be a great athlete, what stands out to me is the combination of his sniper like marksmanship, combined with the fact that he's 6 11 with a 76 wingspan.

  • You understand that Kevin Durant barely has to jump?

  • He could damn their tippy told the dunk for crying out loud, because that's how tall he is with that damn wingspan, okay?

  • And so if you're guarding him, what are you going to do to contest his shot?

  • Even if he doesn't have to jump?

  • That's why I view him in somebody who can average the career 27 point per game scorer that he is.

  • He can do that in his sleep.

  • Now there are other elements that come along with the game.

  • You know, your lateral movement, your ability to defend you handle in the ball, trying to create shots off the dribble.

  • I get all of that now.

  • I understand that, and if he's not healthy, that could be compromised.

  • But it has been, ah, year and a half that he's been out of competition.

  • They say it takes you about a year to get health and, you know, get healthy enough to play in almost two years to be fully recovered from it.

  • Fair enough.

  • The man hasn't played in over a year and a half, and so to me, I look at it.

  • And I say to myself, I'm anticipating the season progressive come springtime into the summer because the season is not gonna end until late July.

  • And by the time May rolls around, do I think he's gonna be 100%?

  • Yes, I'm not worried about K D in the slightest.

  • He's gonna average at least 25.

  • He's gonna be just fine.

  • Thank Katie is gonna average 25 talking about his his wingspan in his height and the style of play That that's fine.

  • But if he is, he gonna be K D.

  • K D is not just to do two rolls out of bed and averages 25 K d is a special, historically different, all around player at his size, and he became an excellent defender.

  • Not all that long ago became an excellent defender.

  • When you look at recovery from Achilles throughout history, Briana Stewart notwithstanding, right.

  • Um it almost never happens that the person 100% again, almost never.

  • Dominique Wilkins came back, and part of what he did was he shot the ball better.

  • How much like, you know, Dominique had areas of his game that he could improve what area of Katie's game.

  • Is he gonna shoot it even better now to compensate for something?

  • Kobe Bryant was never the same.

  • Obviously.

  • I mean, he was older but has never say most players who come back from Achilles.

  • The vast majority of them who ever lived are not the same.

  • Now is 80% of k d gonna be hard to tell the difference?

  • Yeah, 80% of K D is not just in All Star.

  • It's more than that.

  • But that doesn't mean he is going to be the same guy like the M V p.

  • The heir apparent toe LeBron the guy who's challenging LeBron as best player in the game.

  • That's not what that means.

  • It means he can still be an effective player.

  • He might win a championship.

  • I think if he does, it would prove greatness in a way he hasn't had to yet.

  • But all that is different than saying he's coming back 100 back 100%.

  • And if you do believe he's coming back in 100% maybe he does.

  • I was wrong about Tom Brady's cliff right then.

  • He's bucking the odds theme.

  • Odds are stacked against him.

  • If he does it great, but I don't think you can assume that with almost no examples in history, he's gonna be one of them.

  • Oh, Max, please give me a break.

  • Look, Kevin Durant is the best score toe ever touched a basketball.

  • He's the best score in N B.

  • A history.

  • That's first off.

  • Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant.

  • Eat, sleep and breathe basketball.

  • He's not one of those guys.

  • Those MBA players that get caught up in the limelight outside of basketball, the club and the jury.

  • The cause?

  • No, he's from his house to the basketball court.

  • He is the true definition of a gym rat and his wife.

  • I played with Kevin Durant for 4.5 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder When he fractured his foot.

  • I would go into the gym to get on the lift on the elliptical to make sure I may wait the next day because I had to keep my weight down.

  • I will go in there late at night.

  • Kevin Durant would be in there shooting jump shots, sitting down in the chair because he couldn't put pressure on this foot.

  • So When I tell you this, Max and we're hearing these rumors and you hear God like Jared Allen say that Katie is back, you better believe it.

  • And Stephen A.

  • Smith is right.

  • He could get out of the bed and dropped 25 in his sleep or 27 minutes sleep.

  • Look, if Katie is 80% healthy at the start of the season, 80% if he's 80% not Onley will he be back to Katie?

  • But Katie, the way that he loves the game of basketball and him being away from it for a year and a half and have toe watch others go out there and compete and have fun and watch LeBron James win a championship?

  • I'm willing to bet everything in my everything that I have that Kevin Durant might just be the MVP next year.

  • That's how seriously it ISS.

  • That's how serious it is for him.

  • If you talk about a gym.

  • Brack.

  • Kendrick Perkins, I'm with you one.

  • I'm with you 1000%.

  • I'm with you, 1000%.

  • I was gonna mention that I'm telling you right now, Kevin Durant's gonna be a top to top three candidate for league M V P.

  • Next year.

  • This brother gonna put on a show in Brooklyn for the first and think about what you said, Max.

  • Think about what you said about Brooklyn.

  • If you know Max what Brooklyn is all right, if you know what Brooklyn is, what you think he know about Brooklyn since he elected to go there and he's been there, sitting down watching them for the last year.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/20
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