@bskeet. Nice pics. They show that he not only got him on the arm (the announcers kept saying that he was strong enough to keep it straight) but also got him with the body. Not a hard foul but considering what they had been calling, this was an easy call for the refs…
The 5 assists Embiid had proved huge. Agree with HEM on that, and also that the sample size is small regarding Black, Traylor, and Embiid. Let’s see what Self does with each’s mpg. And lets see what ea. player does with their mgp opportunities. Black is also learning Self’s plethora of duties, screens/picks, and positioning that Self REQUIRES of his bigs, including rebound hustle. BigBlack has the size, does he have the motor to use such size? He would be an absolute monster if he had TRob’s motor…I dont think we have seen Black play enough yet. Maybe he isnt nimble enough to avoid fouls, I dont know. I need to see more games to judge.
I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust em.
Above pic of Embiid with his arm underneath his opponent is telltale. Positioning/boxing for rebound is successful by being over your man’s feet as well as arms. Surely at his height this will come easier for him than others, but lack/amount of of physical strength in your legs is even more critical element than height to accomplish this & keep the man pinned where you want him. He clearly is not heavy enough yet even for college ball. Just as coaches describe playing def with your feet, without proper footwork, is easy to foul with your arms trying to position for windex duty. Trob was already a horse when he got here & Hudy performed a virtual miracle making a man outa Jeff. She’s sure got her work cut out with the Lion Hunter also-no spears, guns, or arrows allowed by NCAA…yet!
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