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|10 weeks 3 days ago||While true||
His "elite athleticism" and elite recruiting profle never manifested itself into an elite basketball player, so what difference did that make? I saw nothing from GRIII that cannot and will not easily be replaced by Dawkins (and others). GRII brought open court dunks, alley-oops and 30% 3 point shooting. I greatly enjoyed two of those three things but I'd gladly trade a few inches of vertical for improved defense, so long as it does not hinder our offensive efficiency.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
And he looks pretty big in the photos embedded in the article. I don't see any reason that Ricky can't come in here ready to play 10-15 minutes or more as an energy guy who focuses on setting screens and rebounding. Will he be a little lost at times - sure - but I think the staff does an excellent job defining roles and teaching players how to be successful in their role.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Listened to Spike||
talking after the awards banquet (posted on umhoops.com) and there was some banter about him being the oldest person on the team now. Shortly after that back and forth, someone asked, "What about, Mitch?" I am paraphrasing, but Spike's reaction was, "Oh yeah, I forgot about Big Mitch - hope to have him back..." I always thought those two were close, so I am interpreting that as though he's gone. That was the first time I thought that. Prior to that interview I had firmly believed he would be back to try and cement his 1st round status.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's a good move for both||
Glenn and the team. He wasn't going to be much more effective next year. He is an average spot up shooter who is below average with the ball in his hands. I don't think Beilein was ever going to run the offense through him, and frankly, I don't think we want him too. I hope he thrives in the NBA because he seems like a quality person and great teammate, but his production can easily be assumed by the collective efforts of those who remain.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe I made too broad of a statement||
Certainly he's been teased - just not about wearing a batting helmet with a face guard. I actually think it looks intimidating and aggressive on kids.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Face protection||
I get it - it's rare. But it does happen multiple times a year. I don't understand why more players don't wear helmets with full face protection. I bought my 9 year old son one and I told him if he hated it or thought it affected his vision, that he did not need to wear it. He said it doesn't bother him at all (and he's hitting over .600.) And none of the kids tease him about it. So it hasn't negatively affected his performance and it makes his mom and I that much more comfortable that he won't get concussed or lose teeth, or god forbid, something worse. Seems like a complete no-brainer, where the only downside is that it is not what these professionals are used to. It's just crazy that he's the only kid we've played yet who wears one. Now I just have to worry about him when he's pitching.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Glad he's getting healthy||
That makes me very happy for Mitch. However, the only way I would want him playing is if he totally bought into 10-15 minutes of chaos time, where his sole goal was to rebound and defend, which I think he would happily do. I do not want to try to alter the team's offensive sets to accomodate him. It's too late in the season for that.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Both deserve it||
only one may get it. I think Miles would win under a "done more with less analysis" because, of all the teams we faced, I think only Duke, Arizona and Iowa have rosters with as much pure basketball talent as us. I would give it to Beilein based on the impressive road performances we have had, which only happen with superb game planning and mental preparation.
This really is a toss up.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Walton||
Walton's emergence as someone who understands what is happeneing out there on both ends of the floor - and his excellent rebounding for a guard.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||66-58||
And it never feels that close.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Certainly||
That is a very apt comparison - but again, that uses the number 1 pick almost solely on potential. I have no problem with drafting on potential. I do have a problem with turning down a polished player who you already know, but for an injury, will have a productive NBA career for someone who "could" be Hakeem Jr. I know what is going on and you are 100% right, I just disagree with taking him because he could develop into an all time great over someone like Parker.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure||
if we have an "abnormal" amount of them, but you can't strengthen an ACL, you can only strengthen the muscles around it in hopes that the muscles are doing the work and the reducing the loads that the ACL sees. There is also some though that you can train people how to cut, etc so that you are using more muscle and relying less on the bones and connective tissue. However, I suspect that Jake Butt, Jake Ryan, Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormely, Blake Countess, etc. already have extremely strong muscles in their legs, and they appears to be fluid athletes, so the S&C coach can't do much to train them to be less susceptible to ACL tears.
A more interesting question is what are all of them doing when they tear their ACLs? If they are contact injuries, there is nothing you could do other than eliminate the contact. If they are non-contact, are they participating in drills or movements that we should be avoiding?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome||
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|21 weeks 2 days ago||No shit||
Embiid over Parker smells to me like another Bowie over Jordan or Oden over Durant. Let's take a super tall dude over someone who obviously has one of the most advanced offensive skill sets in college basketball.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand this post||
Is it your position that if someone knowledgable in basketball were to look at GRIII's collective body of work over the past two years, that there would be something there than merits his selection as a first round pick, other than the fact that he can jump really high? If so, please enlighten us, because I think many of us on the site would like to know what it is. In fact, if you know what actual game skills Robinson has that are equivalent to NBA players, I bet John Beilein would like to know so he can figure out what the hell he can run for GRIII that amounts to something other than aimless and ineffective efforts to slowly dribble past his defender before he gives up and passes it someone else.
Don't get me wrong, I like GRIII and he seems like a great young man. I hope he stays and develops into a great player, but I don't know how anybody could say that his game performances live up to the first round hype that his pedigree and vertical leap have created. Fortunately for him, we have seen the NBA draft on "ceiling" many times before, and as long as they do that, he'll probably stay in the first round.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Not disagreeing with your analysis||
I too think GRIII stays in the first round. But I do disagree with this continued reference to some otherworldy athleticism. In comparison to most of us, absolutely, but in comparison to the population of the NBA, I don't think it's that special. His vertical is elite, his overall athleticism is less than that. He can't really get open, with or without the ball, so his ability to jump high is way over valued. He often appears slow to me, both in terms of how he runs off the ball, and even more so when the ball is in his hands and he is trying to create something. I guess his defense is better than Irvin, but I actually think the offense works better with Irvin in there. It appears as though we are trying run sets to get Glenn opportunities to score, and he just can't do it, and it stagnates everything else The best thing for this team is for Glenn to commit himself to being hustle guy/opportunistic scorer. He would probably end up scoring more than he is now.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Yup.||
I am a basketball guy so I am more into the hoops write-ups, but the middle finger to Craft blurb might be my favorite of all time.
|23 weeks 35 min ago||Thanks Brian||
Due to my unending hatred of Tom Crean, I view this article as your finest ever.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Speaking of pressers||
Just watched Izzo's at UMHoops and I had to chuckle with how it ended. Izzo said something to the effect of "well you guys (media) wanted two good teams...wanted a rivalry...I guess you got what you asked for."
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I'm in the boooo zone too.||
I think we're due for a let down in between two huge games. And I think Iowa is a legit Final Four contender.
I hope I'm wrong.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa is legit||
no matter what happens tonight. In other words, I doubt anything would happen tonight that would "expose" them as being overrated. I suppose that if they blow the doors off us then I could be convinced they are top 5.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Good point||
No offense meant to H.S. coacjhes. I am sure they do understand the concepts. I guess I meant to say that they have other more basic things that they need to spend their time on, so less time is probably spent on advanced defensive principles. Poor wording on my part.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Walton's D is excellent||
for a freshman. Not many coaches in high school have the knowledge or resources to effectively teach advanced rotations (meaning any rotation beyond switching as necessary on picks and sliding down to stop a dribble drive.) Walton, whose Dad was his coach, undoubtedly received more instruction than most, and it shows. He is better than most freshmen at grasping those concepts but he still has a way to go. Compare him to Irvin, who had a reputation as an elite defender in H.S. Walton is a good bit ahead of him in terms of understanding his role in team defense.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Donnal||
I think Beilein is drooling at the thought of a post player with a good outside shot. Ball screen offense with a big who can not only roll to the hoop but pick and pop will just be one more wrinkle to an already hard to guard offense.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Two words||
There was an adjustment period but he's done fine.
If you are a first rounder - Go pro Nik.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Explanation unnecessary||
He's not a thug and he's not dumb, and people whose criticism of Sherman on those grounds have their own issues. But the way he reacted is unprofessional and immature. It's also selfish to use that forum to brag about your individual skill set in a team game and to demean your opponent while he's down. Even if Crabtree was a jerk to him in the off-season and all game long - it's called the high-road - and Richard Sherman doesn't use it.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Me too||
After he saw the interview, my 9 year old looked at me and said something to the effect, "Dad, what is wrong with that guy? He's a jerk. His team is going to the Super Bowl and the first thing he has to say is how great he is and how bad the other player was?"
It is very similar to me to what Crean did last year at Crisler. IU wins the B1G title and Crean's priority is to verbally accost our assistant about "ruining IU's program."
To me, that behavior is inexcusable, and revealing of a very disturbing character flaw. Not thuggery by any means, but very telling.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I'm with Stamos but have more to add||
I've skimmed all these threads on the Lions coaching changes and have been perplexed. Tons of backlash against Caldwell, but most of those folks also disliked the other names being thrown around. So it seems like it was a no-win situation for many fans. Now, a lot of people assume Tressel will suck, too. My recollection of his offenses (in the football sense of the word) at OSU lead me to believe that this might work. I can't think of a high-level coach who varied his offense more during his tenure in order to tailor it to his team's strengths. The difference from the Krenzel-led, punt them into oblivion and get the ball into field goal range offense to the Troy Smith passing spread to the Pryor running spread is astonishing.
I think the Lions need to better use the talent they have, they need organization and they need discipline. I think Caldwell and Tressel might be able to provide that. I could be wrong, but I certainly haven't seen other realistic options out there that cause me to believe the Lions have totally bungled this up.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Good post.||
This is a nice post, op.
If was asking my gut to find a likely error I think it is at the top. I doubt any team will have fewer than 4 losses, although I'll admit that Wisconsin's schedule gives them a decent shot at hitting your lofty prediction. If I then try to reference my gut feeling to your methodology I would say that I think the error will come from the assumption that all tiers are equi-distant apart. The reality is that I think the drop off from Tier 3 to Tier 4 is more substanial than the other tiers. And I would expect Tier 3 teams to cause some problems for Tier 1 teams, especially at home.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Shon Morris||
My Morris highlight was the reference to Jack Sikma smiling at the inside pivot to create space for a short jumper. Classic.