Note from Patrick: If I occasionally indulge myself in a little Kahn-bashing, I have to let Dre get after Karl a little. What I find remarkable about Karl is how terrible he is in the playoffs. He gets away with a lot of awful rotations in the regular season and wins a lot of games because a) his opponents are playing deep rotations with plenty of crappy players too, because it is, after all, the regular season, and b) by definition half of your regular season games are against crappy teams.
Ok, one last follow-up on Kenneth Faried. Lately, I cannot help thinking that Kenneth Faried and Kevin Love both have a ton in common. Both players were insanely gifted rebounders in college. But everybody thought that they'd be "rotation players" at best. Both players then went on to be insanely gifted rebounders in the pros (SHOCKING! WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED!?) during their rookie seasons. And yet, both had trouble getting respect from pundits or minutes from their coach. Sure, this year, every commentating crew in the NBA loves to say "Kevin Love is the best power forward in the game". Real controversial there, now, pal. Some of us were saying so way back before the 2010-11 season. Most of you are the same buffoons who were skeptical about him even making the all-star team at all last year, even while watching him tear up your team for 25 & 15.
Before the season, in a podcast with FillingTheLanes, I decided not to pick Irving for Rookie of the Year, because I thought Faried was going to tear it up. And even the guys at FTL, who give me lots of shit when I deviate sharply from conventional wisdom, thought it was in interesting choice. I mean, nobody laughed at me with the typical "hahaha you noob!" I expect when I pick these guys. Unfortunately, I underestimated the idiocy of George Karl, who has not given him many minutes (until, like, every single Nugget got injured and forced his hand). So, consider this an open letter on Karl because I have to ask: