Right off the bat, let me say ‘thank you’ to the Atlanta Hawks. Their first round series against the Celtics has been a joy to watch, reminiscent of last year’s Warriors/Mavs series. And as an added bonus, we got to see Zaza Pachulia punk out Kevin Garnett’s posturing ass in Game 4 (from Georgia to Georgia — represent!). But Mike Woodson’s assertion that it was a ‘travesty’ that Al Horford didn’t at least share the Rookie of the Year award with Kevin Durant is a bit over the top:
“He should have shared it, if not gotten it outright. And I don’t want to hear about us not being on TV or anything like that. It doesn’t matter. It’s what this kid has done for this team… We haven’t had a power forward/center come in our league and do what he’s done [average a double-double] in I don’t know how many years. I mean, come on, man.”
No, you come on… man. I won’t even get into all the reasons Horford is the clear #2 rookie behind Durant this year. But the part about the double-double deserves a closer look. First of all, Horford averaged 10.1 ppg and 9.7 rpg — so that’s only a double-double if you’re rounding up. And as for “I don’t know how many years” it’s been since a rookie power forward/center did actually average a double-double? That would be three. ‘04-’05, Emeka Okafor: 15.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg. Don’t even need to round up. So Mike, I realize you’re trying to cull some favor with your players in hopes of keeping your job, but don’t do it by making borderline ridiculous assertions. Just win, baby.