I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
My family headed up to Detroit this weekend to visit family and on the way stopped in Ann Arbor. None of us had seen the new renovations so we went to get a look at the Newly Renovated Crisler. As we were heading through the parking lot we happened to run into Coach Beilein. He was nice enough to take time out of texting pictures of his new grandchild to stop and talk with us. I took the opportunity to talk some basketball with him and i was impressed with how open he was with a random Michigan fan.
Some things I learned;
I asked him directly about Horford and he said he is going to be fine. In fact, he got pretty excited when i asked. He went on about how well he has been playing and rebounding. It seems like he really likes Horford and he should be in line for a big year.
I asked him about all the size on the team and how much has been made of how Beilein is going to use it this year. He told me flat out that usually teams that have a lot of size are not very good. Athleticism is far more important than size to him. He used the NBA finals as an example of how the game is evolving away from pure size with team like Miami using a smaller but much more athletic lineup. After talking to him I am very curious to see what he does with the lineups. i could tell he was very excited to put his new pices on the floor.
That's basically it. Cool story bro and all, but i thought people would like to hear a little talk directly from the man himself about his philosophy and what we can look forward to this year.
Tied for 5th on the first team!
Hope that link works...just got the email today. The visiting teams may be iffy, but the draw of checking out the new Crisler and the partially "new" #5 reigning Big Ten Champs is strong...
The seats aren't likely great(there are no bad seats, Crisler just isn't that big), but if you have kiddies like me this is a nice chance to get everyone in for $2.50-$5 per.
This is some good news regarding frontcourt depth.
"Jon will be back hopefully in a short period of time after straining his left knee," Beilein said. "Right now it is too early to predict, however, we are optimistic he will return for the season opener."
Tim McCormick tweeted a few thoughts from practice: https://twitter.com/TMcCormickESPN
Heading to A2 for @umichbball practice big question is the annual rebound concern now a strength w/ McGary Morgan Horford #norebound-noring
New facilities for @umichbball incredible 2 yrs ago substandard today a game changer no chance to recruit McGary & Robinson w/o the upgrade
First impression @umichbball most talent since the Fab Five - 5 legit NBA prospects 11 deep tremendous size loaded with athletes on the wing
#michiganbasketball practice thoughts Jon Horford is 260 top 5 bigs in the Big 10 Trey Burke has added leg strength Hardaway improved handle
Nick Stauskas @umichbball has not missed - Best M shooter since Lou Bullock? - like Jon Diebler from OSU but better athlete/handle #starter?