- Apr 20, 2009
It definitely isn’t. So much can change and I hope it does. I think for most people that aren’t happy it’s that the early returns aren’t what were hoped for."I think a lot of us were just hoping this could be a special team. To be fair they could still be."
That's the key. Why act like that's off the table at this point when it's not (not saying that you are)?
Incorrect.He might have been a Wade recruit but he signed his LOI when MR was coach. If anything you can call MSS a VCU recruit since he still loved the school enough to recommit to a coach late in the game who he didn’t have much of a relationship with.
If you want to get technical, be my guest. He signed in the early period and could’ve asked out of the the LOI like the others did when MR came on board but he stayed the course.Incorrect.
You mean, if I want to ignore false narratives and alternative facts?If you want to get technical, be my guest. He signed in the early period and could’ve asked out of the the LOI like the others did when MR came on board but he stayed the course.
This is the one thing that truly troubles me. I can deal with Evans not being on his A game right now, Malik injured, Vince not playing up to the same level yet, etc. However, the lack of boxing out, not hustling after balls (particularly the multiple floor bounces that you mentioned), and on O not moving toward the ball on passes or coming to the ball to help someone under pressure-these are things that should not be happening. Particularly with an experienced team.I'll chime in. This team is good. This team is quick. We can turn you over with our speed. We recover well on defense. We are deep. What we also are is soft. We shouldn't give up offensive rebounds where the offensive player gets the rebound on the first or second bounce of the ball off the floor. Go get the boards...that's man work and softies don't want to do it. 50-50 balls?? More like 5-95 balls. Our guys don't go after them. They're soft. That "floor-burn" video before games at the Stu is a joke. Play through contact? No, get brushed by a jersey that's not properly tucked and go rolling like a soccer player looking for a call. Soft. Teams with at least decent talent that push us around and play physical are going to beat us.
I should hope not. They are paid professionals. The rest of us Amateurs, we have to luxury of the sky is falling panic. Reason being it doesnt matter one way or the other.It's a good thing the coaching staff and team don't panic every time they stub their toes like some of the whiners on here.
Someone on the staff needs to sit down w/ Mike and have a good 'ole fashioned game mgmt/strategy/tactics 101 discussion with him. It almost, at times, seems like he's trying to sabotage himself with some of the questionable decisions he makes (and some fairly obvious ones he doesn't).Wi
In both wins and losses, Mike and staff probably need to revisit (some aspects of) their understanding of and thought processes regarding
1) timeout use/management (stopping momentum, after makes, late game, strategy re-sets/reminders, etc)
2) late game execution/strategy and clock management (when protecting a lead or coming from behind, fouling or not, who is in the game, fouling or keeping the ball from the right folks, guarding the three, using clock, etc)
3) foul trouble/management philosophy (pulling a guy with two early, three early in second half, going zone for a few to protect against further foul trouble, etc)
4) player rotations (substitution patterns, late half/game offense/defense subs, minutes allocations, riding the hot hand, etc)
5) switching/mixing up defensive looks and approaches at timely junctures
6) use of creative/different offensive sets and approaches (lobs, two bigs, leak outs, back doors, etc)
7) overall game flow management (regarding frequency/timing of substitutions, strategy, referee mgmt, in-game adjustments/changing quickly on the fly, etc)
There have been some patterns over the last few years that are (still) head-scratching (in both wins and losses) and it begs the question how much attention is being paid to analytics, different philosophies/approaches, recent trends/evolution, etc.