Originally Posted by B-Easy8
what has this kid done to garner this much hate?
First of all, it was the overwhelming hype, based mostly on the minutes played against the US squad in the '08 Olympics. The kid did well, but people were promoting him like the second coming of Maravich, and such nonsense. There was also a strong "great white hope" quality to the whole thing, which I found offensive.
Then, there was the "will I, won't I" situation with him coming over to play for the TWolves. In my mind, he didn't have the game, or potential game, to jerk people around the way that he was. This is the main problem I had with him, because it wasn't someone else hyping him up, it was the player himself screwing around with indecision.
So, he's certainly given people reasons to dislike him because of all the hype, and the prevailing opinion that he simply isn't that good. If he had the potential to come over and light the league up, all of this would be viewed differently.
I think he's not going to be able to keep up defensively, despite more hype about his supposed steals skills. He could turn up to be the worse defensive guard since Nash. We'll see.