Each time the Siena College men’s basketball team works through learning about its next opponent, it sounds like the Saints are preparing to defend a team full of NBA stars. There are always some Wades and Currys. Usually, there is a Rondo or two. Every now and then, a Durant comes up. Why? “Because you want to label things with something the players can easily recognize,” Siena head coach Jamion Christian said.
“So, a Rondo can’t shoot,” said Siena assistant coach Carmen Maciariello, who runs the Saints’ defense. “A Curry is automatically [shooting from 3-point territory]. Then, Wade, he’s a scorer that can do a little bit of both.” And a Durant? “That’s a team’s best player,” Maciariello said. “That’s the guy who we can’t let get 20.”