New defense rules = awful for college ball. I dont want to see a NBA style game. Who cares what the score is. Part of my concern is what will this do to one of Self’s cornerstone philosophies??? This is what made Self’s athletic teams BETTER than Roy’s athletic teams (we play defense), bouncing UNC out of the Tourney 3 times in the past 6yrs. Very concerned for our playstyle…
Should also add Tharpe has good, positive competetive swagger. Never seen him pout. Actually seen him mad at himself after a rare bad play. I think he has learned to not launch 3s early in the possession (unless Self gives him the 100% green light…). With the bigs we have this year, there is way less pressure on the PG and SG position to score, unlike last year, where EJ (or his sub Tharpe…) were expected to add scoring in most games. Its a balance between “just let em do their thing” (like 08Champs were allowed to) vs. playing smart basketball to your strengths…
See, this right here is what I am talking about. None of the journalists on LJW can write stuff like this. Then they change the website so its even harder to enjoy. Losers. Sorry, I know I am beating a dead horse at this point but still.
Thanks Drgnslayr for your post and Idea about Matchup Mondays. I don’t know if I can contribute but I will definitely enjoy reading and learning!
Hawk8086… You are right and the NBA drafts on potential. Also they draft on name recognition because they want to sell tickets, and they can build hype on a recognized name. And they sell products based around players now more than just the team itself. Like if you buy a jersey it has your pick of player’s name on it. That’s huge revenue… huge business. Imagine how much revenue the Bulls scored on Jordan? Perhaps a $billion? I’ve seen Jordan gear in the Sahara desert! Some of it was even licensed gear!
Let’s not forget about injury. College is like a healthy oasis compared to the NBA. The schedule is ridiculously long… heck, the NBA is already in preseason now. I went to an NBA game last night. And there is no time for players to work on their own game unless they cut away some of their sleep and personal life (what little they have). These guys not only play ball, they have autograph signing promotions at malls and car dealerships and so much more.
Embiid would be well served to stay another year and go through 12 more months of ‘Hudy-ization.’
All pro sports are reckless when it comes to players’ health. It’s all a system built on playing through pain. I’ve been fortunate to have contact with several ex players in the NBA and NFL… all say the same thing: they are pressured into playing through injuries and pain, and if they need something for pain, doc is there to give them what they need. It’s a life of switching from ice packs to heat and back to ice. The body is not designed to heal through these situations.
Embiid has so much potential and it would be a shame if he lost maybe half his career because of lasting injuries. He probably won’t reach his potential for maybe even another decade (if his body holds up that long).
So is it worth it for him to exit college after 1 and make that extra year of $$$ at the risk of chopping off maybe 5-7 years on the long haul?
Based on the picture from this link, they could also both use haircuts. I thought Self had somewhat of a strict hair style rule. Remember a few years ago when guys like Collins had stars and everything else shaved in their head? Then they lost a game and all had straight haircuts the next game, lol.
Thanks for posting this. I don’t got the the ESPN site so I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise. FWIW I had to pause Ghostery to get the video to work.
Fran Frachilla’s interview with Wiggins is worth watching. Andrew is a well-spoken young man with the emphasis on young. I wish he would stick around so we could see him realize his potential as a young adult. I expect he will be well-grounded and responsible. I sure wouldn’t want to see a flash back to when I was his age.
Agree with Tharpe having shown much of what Self wants in a lead guard: recall the 20assist:1 turnover stretch about 9mos ago at the start of BigXII play? Recall the ability to “read” the unsuspecting D and slash to the rim backside, like Tyshawn used to? Also remember with the game on the line at OkieState, during one of the double OTs, Tharpe went off the dribble vs. Forte and scored a pullupJ in the lane? Kid also has that competetive swagger, maybe a bit more than EJ did. I hope his D is better, but everyone may be behind the curve on that issue, given the recent NCAA rule shift…My money is on BOTH Tharpe being THE guy…and on Mason to be a quick study, hopefully. Think of Tharpe in 1 more way: most people who criticized EJ at the end of the Michigan game, were actually offerring Tharpe as the alternative…so there is evidence that others saw what I saw in Tharpe. (Not to start a side topic, but I still would have had EJ in the game, just as Self did…we are just saying “sit” EJ because of hindsight).
@JayDocMD, good points. Regarding EJ, I dont really recall him ever stirring the pot by saying things in public or to the media. He was pretty reserved & all biz during the '12 Champ run. And he was too much of a nice-guy who showed inconsistent motivation his senior year. Regarding the game @ IowaSt, their fans were heckling him as bad as Mizzou fans, and he was jawing at them, and without question, those Clone fans unwittingly helped their own demise by absolutely firing up that 6’4 5star kid, who absolutely hung 39pts on them. My wish was that we “bottled” that particular EJ. But you cannot expect someone to exist outside of their base personality very long…meaning, you cannot expect EJ to play “mad” every single game. Smart is a fine talent, I just hope our team beats his on gameday. RCJH.
If you ever watch HC Self’s interviews or listen to his radio program, you know that one of the things that makes him such a good coach is his ability to remember every detail of previous games. Sometime he will describe specific plays from games weeks before in minute detail.
I am sure he does not need to watch tape of the last game to remember exactly how it developed.
He has never indicated he does not watch tape during the season, and it is done mostly for the benefit of players; coaches know exactly what went on during the game, players not so much and need to be reminded.
Part of Oubre decision to attend KU was based on “other” schools making unready players go pro after one year. Oubre’s dad said he wants his son to develop before jumping to the league. At this point Oubre looks like a two year player.
Love it. Enjoyed watching him destroy Dwight Howard (albeit a recovering Dwight Howard) last year in the preseason (link). If JJ Hickson can start there the majority of last season and average a double double, there’s gotta be a role for a rebound first guy like TomRob.