I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Tom Wywrot of U-M Athletics Department Media Relations provides this Q&A with Manny Harris at MGoBLue.com. Harris, who made the Cleveland Cavaliers roster as an undrafted free agent provides some interesting insights into his mindset. Here are the questions and a few of his answers. See the rest at the link.
"The whole process, I knew it was going to be a grind. I knew that in my circumstances, I'd have to open some eyes. My whole mindset was to work hard regardless of what happened. You have to work hard until you get there. That means spending extra time in the gym, extra time running, doing whatever you can until you make it. I still don't feel like I've made it yet. I am one step closer to my dream, though. I'm doing pretty well."
- What's the most difficult part about adapting your game from college to pro?
- How did you feel when you learned you made the team?
- Are there any similarities to Coach Scott's offensive scheme and Coach Beilein's here at Michigan?
- What advice would you share with future players about the mindset it takes to make an NBA roster?
- A few of your former teammates are still here at Michigan preparing for the season, any advice to those guys?
- Looking back on your decision to enter the draft, what type of mindset did you have to reach your goals?
- Did you use the fact that you weren't selected in the draft as extra motivation to make this team?
"Definitely, I felt like I was a guy who was better than some of the guys that were taken in the draft. But at the same time, I don't make those decisions. I knew I'd have to continue to work hard and use that as my motivation."
- What about the Cavaliers was attractive?
- What number will you be wearing?
- How did your experiences as a Wolverine under John Beilein prepare you for the Cavs experience?
"I wouldn't say it prepared me for the Cavaliers, but it prepared me for anything I would have done after Michigan. It was a great experience, even if I wasn't still playing basketball. The University of Michigan as a whole developed me as a person. I can't really explain it, but it made me a better man."
- Now that you are part of the team, what are the general feelings surrounding the Cavaliers post-LeBron James?
- What does making it this far mean to you?
"I'll know the answer to that question once I establish longevity in this league. It feels good right now, but at the same time, I know anything can happen. It's that sense of urgency. I haven't done anything yet. I just have to continue to do things and as I have success in this league, it will hit me more. I'm just going to continue to get better, work as hard as I can and let everything pan out."
It sure does appear that Manny has his head screwed on straight. Best of luck to him.
Preseason coaches' poll released.
- michigan state
- Kansas State
- ohio state
- Virginia Tech (really?)
Gotta wonder how Hummel's injury (ACL tear) affects Purdue's outlook.
The Akron Beacon-Journal's beat writer is reporting that the Cavaliers have waived Dannny Green, which means that Manny Harris has made the Cavs fifteen-man roster. Good news, methinks...
Sophomore guard Josh Bartelstein is the latest Michigan player to have a regular feature on MgoBlue.com. His "The Bartelstein Blog" just got going with today's entry.
In it, he talks about the first few days of fall practice:
Coach B wants to set a tone for the season and so far I'd say he has done a pretty good job because all you have to do is walk in our lockerroom and see everyone sitting in the cold tub. When Tim (Hardaway) is sitting in 50-degree water, you know we are working hard. Tim really does not like cold water and getting him in there is like getting a little kid to get their first haircut: a lot of moaning and screaming. We have been doing a lot of defensive drill like shell drills, getting through screens and transition defense so that we can set up our offense. We really want to run this year, and the only way you can run is by getting stops.
And talks a lot about Zach Novack:
So far one of the most impressive players in practice has been Zack (Novak). It is not because of the hustle everyone loves, or how good of a rebounder he is even though he is 6-3. By the way he is 6-3, not 6-5 and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Zack worked extremely hard this summer to become a complete basketball player. Last year, Zack was someone who could knock down shots but really could not create off the dribble at all. I remember telling Zack after the season he needed to spend all summer working on his ball handling. He can shoot it with the best of them and really is a freak athlete -- look at last year's dunk contest -- but he was not as skilled as he could be. Well, he is as skilled as anyone on our team now. He spent tireless hours in the gym dribbling through cones and shooting pull-up jumpers in the offseason. Zack can create not only for himself in practice, but also for others, which is what we need for him to do.
Oh, and apparently Novak was a PK for his high school football team.
According to Novak, he can consistently kick 50-yard field goals with ease, which is better than a lot of NFL and college kickers. This all started in Amsterdam when Zack just blurted out he could play both basketball and football at Michigan. No one on our team believed him, even Tim who will believe anything called him out, but Zack guaranteed it. I suggested we have a contest in between quarters at the Big House but Zack will not agree to that. The only issue with Zack kicking is that he cannot kick extra points or anything close. Apparently, one of his first extra points in high school he kicked right into the line. The long snapper fell over in pain and missed the rest of the game. So I guess we could use Zack just for the deep field goals because we do not need any more injuries to our linemen.
So apparently Tim Hardaway, Jr hates the cold tub (who can blame him) and is quite gullible while Zack Novak is 6-3 (shocking), is now as skilled a ball handler as anyone on the team (really now), and just might be the answer to the football team's kicking woes (but since he can't play both sports, we'll never know).
Also, it appears Coach Beilein decided to use that European trip as a test case for an aggressive defense and an offense that pushes the ball up the court for shots that don't take 35 seconds to create. This is definitely going to be an interesting season.
Continue to watch for 'The Bartelstein Blog" for other MBB insights and if you have a question for Josh, submit it at firstname.lastname@example.org.