Remote patrol: Kenny Smith thinks Russell Westbrook could win an MVP of his own

TNT analyst thinks Thunder guard could be an MVP if he can thrive as both a point guard and a shooting guard.
by Mel Bracht Published: May 8, 2014

“There is a reason he got that trophy before the game. The guy is a spectacular player,” Kerr said.

Kerr noted that Durant is particularly effective racing down the lane.

“That’s Oklahoma City’s best weapon when they can get him on the run toward the hoop with just a little space. At that point, he becomes unstoppable,” Kerr said.

KD’s speech discussed

Durant’s speech on Tuesday upon receiving the MVP award was widely discussed. Barkley didn’t think it necessarily would inspire the Thunder. He said the most interesting part was Durant’s show of support for Westbrook.

“When you’re the leader of the team, you’re kind of an amateur psychologist,” Barkley said.

Both play-by-play announcer Marv Albert and Kerr complimented Durant for his speech.

Albert: “That was the most heart-felt, gracious, touching response to an MVP announcement that I’ve ever seen from a sports figure of his stature.”

Kerr, who admitted to tearing up when Durant mentioned his mother, said it helped inspire Durant’s teammates for Game 2.

“It was just a fantastic scene. I thought his speech helped get them ready for tonight’s game,” Kerr said.

Short takes

•Kerr complimented Derek Fisher’s hustling ability after he left with an injury. “You should have a floor meter for Derek Fisher. … He’d have at least nine or 10 tonight. It takes a lot longer for him to recover from now…”

•Referring to the limited blackout late in the first half, Albert noted, “In effect, both teams shot the lights out.” Kerr retorted, “That’s horrible.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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