[Quotable]: Ryen Russillo on Kristaps Porzingis and How Expectations Can Erode Our Love of Emerging NBA Stars

Ryen Russillo on the recent Bill Simmons ‘A Clippers Conundrum, LeBron MVP Myths, Kyrie’s Resurgence, and the Ref Review Crisis‘ pod on why the fan/media love of young stars can erode quickly when expectations aren’t met:

For Porzingis, it’s just an availability thing which is always going to be an issue for him, forever. I don’t think he sucks, I think we got sick of him being unhealthy, and then we just move on. The predictability of a new player’s potential ‘star timeline’ is the most predictable thing that we do as fans and the media. Giannis is going to start facing it big-time–it’s already starting to happen to him a little bit. You’re new, you’re loveable, we hope you can be something we’ve never seen before, and then you aren’t and then you may not have the playoff success that you want, and then we’re like ehhh, we’re turning on you. I mean, Porzingis has never had playoff failures to even have any of us get upset about but, I think it’s all of us turning the page on him in a very “(inaudible at 54:41)” way that hasn’t really had too much to do with necessarily what his game is, it’s what his game isn’t, and he’s just not healthy.

[Quotable]: Ryen Russillo on Adjusting Expectations for a League Without a Big 3

Ryen Rusillo on the recent Bill SimmonsOver/Under Mega Preview‘ pod on why we need to adjust our perspective after last season’s shift away from franchises fighting to build super teams in order to win championships:

We spend a lot of time, if we had doubts about the Lakers, asking who the 3rd guy was all the time. If you look around the league right now, we kept asking ‘who’s that 3rd guy’s gonna be’, because of who Golden State was, then because of who the Miami Heat were, and then what Cleveland was once they brought Love in and returned there with Kyrie. There’s not really that 3 that scares you anymore. So, we kept looking at the Lakers wondering who the 3rd piece was, like it was mandatory to consider you a real title threat to have that third guy. You don’t really need it. You don’t really need it, because you’re not facing that Heat team, you’re not facing that Warriors team, or even that Cleveland team when things were right in ’16. So, it’s an important thing to remember about all of these teams chances. Stop using the ‘where’s the 3rd guy’ argument against us. And that was the lesson in the Lakers last year.