Blue boy johnson

January 18th, 2012 at 7:47 AM ^


I was struck by Appling's lack of urgency on Stu's game winning lay-up. Appling had enough time to even the odds on the 2 on 1 situation with Burke passing to Stu for the winner, but Appling did not even appear to contemplate bustin' ass to take away the easy pass to Stu. It's the difference between winning and losing.


January 18th, 2012 at 9:17 AM ^

Postgame speech, at the 1:16 mark, coach asks the team, "What's the definition of fun?"... and they all respond together - it's something that they're taught.... but for the life of me, I can figure out what they are saying.




January 18th, 2012 at 9:21 AM ^

Damn, that closing of the Postgame speech rocks.

Minute 1:28

If my son played college ball, I'd want him to play for that coach.  What a tight team-building, sincere and somewhat humble closing speech.  It's not even about the win or anything.  It's about doing it the right way.  And the knowledge that doing it the right way, together, brings the win.  Class.


January 18th, 2012 at 9:14 PM ^

he's the most elated guy on the court when it doesn't go down. Study a game, you see lots of situations like that, including from the best players. Hardaway had two particularly awful stretches where he barely defended on the fast break. . .

Hard to be on for a full 38 minutes, maybe one reason that this team has their lapses. 


January 18th, 2012 at 8:17 PM ^

Check 1:18:55 (full game video) for the last few Beilein dance moves!  I hope another angle captured all of his audition...please post the gif if you find that gem.