It’s not like Crean could possibly have a reason to find something nice to say about a Michigan player. Can’t think at all of a connection that could affect that.
I don’t deny Duncan is fundamentally sound in his positioning. As a fellow slow-footed white guy, I can confirm that you better be making up for your shortcomings with superior knowledge and execution of basic shell drill positioning, which is what all of this comes down to at its core.
I can even believe that Crean would tell his team to be careful with the passing lanes on Duncan’s side of the court - I’ve always said that, for this level, I think he has good length. I was sneezed at over my suggestion he would make a good 1-3-1 wing for that very reason.
What I can’t believe is that a team would prefer to play offense against a defense without Duncan on the floor vs. a defense with Duncan on the floor. And that the reason you would try to get him off the floor is because he makes a defense so terrifying to face.
I wasn’t necessarily able to follow the straw man vs. no, you’re straw manning! up above, but it sure seems like some straw men are being thrown up at these last stages of this conversation.