Charlie Murphy said it best.
Whenever I bring up my dislike for Delly’s play style, I’m met with, “quit your sooking and man up! It’s a contact sport.” – “he’s not dirty, he’s just clumsy” or, “he’s Aussie!”
I understand and respect Aussie camaraderie. We are supposed expected to stick by each other no matter what – purely based on the fact that we’re Australian… but I’m sorry, I can’t stand by and blindly support Delly’s blatant disregard for the well-being of other players. He was recently voted as the dirtiest player in the NBA in a poll by his own peers and coaches, no less. Continue reading
- The Beatles’ musical talent.
- Jennifer Lawrence’s acting ability.
Yes, many things in life are overrated.
People, it’s just sugar, palm oil, fake flavour, and some nuts… let’s dial our Nutella-Love down a notch, shall we?
Sports is particularly susceptible to this, as marketing departments and fierce loyalties converge.
Entire populations become irrationally certain that a particular player is the best, a certain team is unstoppable, or a particular league is the pinnacle of their sport.
But if we drill right down, we even find that particular moves can be overrated.
Since Michael Jordan retired, the closest basketball has come to the mythical “Next Jordan” has been Kobe Bryant.
His skill set was almost a carbon copy of Jordan’s. The post-up moves… the ability to finish in traffic… the little tricks to create space… the footwork on both ends of the court… in many ways Kobe was very very very very close to being “The Next Jordan.”
Kobe even had better shooting range than Jordan, who rarely shot the ball at a high level from distance.
As a defender Kobe was extremely proficient… but Jordan was a few shades better.
And of course as a leader and as a winner Kobe was a poor imitation.
With Kobe Bryant announcing that this will be his last NBA season after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been an outpouring of emotions from NBA fans.
Some NBA fans who are lamenting the loss of the “greatest player since Jordan.”
But I have a harsh truth for Kobe’s legions of fans:
Tim Duncan was the Greatest Player of Kobe Bryant’s generation.
We’re all big fans of Matthew Dellavedova here at Mike or The Don.
Not only is he Australian, but he could be the best underdog story in the NBA.*
Dellavedova didn’t get drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers with fanfare and a party.
In 2013, he worked his way onto the team and endeared himself to (most) fans with his willingness to put his body on the line, team-first attitude, and hard-work.
You can see the fear in Steph Curry’s eyes.
Most people don’t know who Matthew Dellavedova is, but Aussie basketball fans will recognise “Delly” as the Aussie who is currently playing alongside the world’s best player LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.
It was a flamin’ dropbear, wasn’t it LeBron?! I told you to watch those buggers. Hang on a sec I’ll get a box of paddle pops out of the esky for your noggin’.
Delly also has a particularly strange reputation on Twitter. More accurately, it’s been how his reputation has changed over time that is strange. But I’ll get to that.
I will always be a Rajon Rondo fan.
Yes, he no longer plays for my beloved Celtics, the greatest franchise in basketball.
But he is still a captivating, frustrating, unquantifiably irresistible NBA player.
He plays in a way we’ve never seen before. He is totally unique in NBA history. He is an NBA Champion, All-Star, and an elite player at the league’s most competitive position, Point Guard.
Rajon Rondo, certified MoTD ManCrush™
The coccyx, pinky toes, ear muscles, the appendix, wisdom teeth and the Commonwealth Games. What do all these things have in common?