The rehab of Roberts knee has certainly stretched on and that is not necessarily a bad thing..It is the time he spends listening to our bigs so he is not lost defensively.Strengthening his body another key aspect.
Could this injury been a blessing, as he wasn't dunking up to the elbows or blocking shot at the box with all the WOW buzz.
I really hope outside his athleticism that he is a savant of sorts ,a natural at picking up team defense.With his reach and lateral and love of defense one can hope.
This is the fun part, player development. Last year, Jason picked up defense so quickly while Semi looked lost with everybody whizzing around.
Robert is one of the top athletes in the world and measured at P3 a 12.5ft vertical reach and a 12 ft reach from standing jump , that was just below Dwight Howards record by one inch.His running and lateral tested off the charts and shows why he can guard one thru five.
Marcus played as a rookie,Brown picked up defense quickly as a rookie but it starts with desire, then technique and timing with your teammates.Film work to know your opponents spots and moves-to me defense is an art.Move ,countermove ,channeling, switching ,boxing out and playing positionally for rebounds or to help weak side .Defense is no accident.
Back to my point this injury may have aided his early progression as to listening and learning
before he gets on the court in training camp.
He is the big unknown so that is fun