There are not many things I appreciate more in sports than lighthearted trash talk. In an age where people seemingly try to get offended over the most innocuous comments, it's nice to see that adults can jab at each other from time to time without getting all sensitive.
Which is why I love this line from Chad Ford
, ESPN.com NBA draft aficionado, about Neil Olshey's comment to Ford this week at the Maui Invitational regarding the "B+" Ford gave Olshey
and the Trail Blazers for their 2012 Draft performance:
Joseph (Issaquah, WA)
Obviously Lillard's age has helped him be more mature and play more like a second or third year player but has he shown more upside than a lot of analysts first thought?
Chad Ford (1:12 PM)
I was Lillard's biggest fan last year and I didn't anticipate him playing this well, this soon. The thing I loved about Lillard then (and now) is that he's such a hard worker. He spent the summer improving his game. He's done that every year he was a college player too. I don't think he's come close to hitting his ceiling yet though I do agree that his age and body helped him compete right away. Neil Olshey was giving me crap about my "B+" grade for the Blazers on draft night in Maui on Monday. Lillard was an A. It was the Meyers Leonard pick I wasn't in love with. But Blazers might have been right about that one too.
Olshey has shown during his tenure in Portland that he's not afraid to engage in a bit of playful ribbing, which, in my opinion, is a breath of fresh air in a sports landscape that is increasingly bland and humor-averse.