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What's Right & What's Wrong with Cards Basketball


This is my first post. What's right - great kids, working extremely hard, and always trying to improve and nothing I'm going to say is in any way a comment on their character, skill, and effort. What's wrong - like many things in life it's a combination of things: First, inuries. Coach P keeps saying it's bad luck. It is bad luck when a player gets hurt in the middle of a game but, when 7 or 8 players get hurt in practice year after year after year, it's not bad luck - something - conditioning, practice - is wrong. Second, weight training. Granted some players like Dieng needed to add weight and muscle but too much effort to turn players into body buildiers affects shooting. I've talked to several former great players and they agree - it affects your shot. Think back to Dean - great shooter his first three years and his senior year he comes back beefed up and his shot isn't near what it was. 18 year old top athletes in major athletic program are going to get stronger naturally. Look at Justice - not as limber and flexible. In fact, with the exception of Russ, Ware, and Dieng, the whole team seems stiffer. Third, size. Our guards used to be six three or four, our small forward, six six or seven, and our power forward, six eight or nine. Now we're six foot, six four, and six six at those postions and, with Kyle out, we're even smaller. Our only commit to date for next year is yet another 6' point guard (we've cornered the market on 6 foot point guards). Fourth, fundamentals. Once again, free throw shooting is hurting us and too many shooters from the wings aren't following their shoots costing us rebounds. This team is doing a better job that previous ones in using the backboard for close shots but we're still missing too many of those to the tune of 10-12 points per game. Fifth, strategy. What happened to the inside out game? We spend a lot of time movng the ball around the perimeter and it seems like our bigs have been told not to shoot unless it's a dunk or a last second have t0. Next, shooting. Nagging injuries, over muscled, size disadvantages, perimeter passing all have negative effects on shooting. Coach P seems to have reached a point where he doesn't want to hear anyone dare question him. General George Patton always wanted to hear all of the concerns, potential problems, and alternatives before deciding on a plan. Only then, did he finalize a plan. Pat Riley who knows something about wiining in basketball said, "Last year's strategy won't win us this year's championship." Fans have a right to be concerned and ask for answers as long as they continue to support the players 100%


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