SUNDAY’S OUTSIDE SHOTS
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: King’s college coach Ray Mears had this to say about the freshman from Brooklyn; “He shows me something different every day. Some of the things I’ve never seen anybody do.”
1-Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press talks U of Michigan defense for the upcoming season. “The idea behind spending so much time on defense is simple — we want to get out and run,” Josh Bartelstein wrote. “The only way to run is to get stops on defense. Our defense is going to lead to our offense. If you think about our best wins last year — home against Wisconsin, Purdue on the road and then Michigan State at home — we really got in a stance and locked guys up.”
2-Mike Hutton of the Post-Tribune doesn’t think the high school coach should be a person that works in the building anymore: I’m not smart enough to figure out the mechanics for separating the basketball and football jobs from the rest of the athletic department but the way I envision it goes something like this: Each school has a director of basketball or football and they implement the system across the district. Directors have a staff and get a percentage of the gate to help fund salaries. They might have to fundraise —or the school might have to hire a fundraiser to help them support the product — similar to the collegiate model.
There are multiple ways to get there —some schools have already found the way by creating jobs that are really coach speak for football coach. The point is, it’s time to start thinking about how to get there and stop believing that coaches are in the game to teach.
3-Detroit Free Press staff on two women basketball players from Michigan State University will be suspended nine games.
4-Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press on Lawrence Frank and his thoughts on his team as they get closer to training camp. The conditioning aspect is important, but just (as important is) the work they’re putting in as far as skill development and playing and being around each other and developing some camaraderie and chemistry and to enjoy each other,” Frank said.
5-Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post on Denver Nuggets trainer Steve Hess and his workout with the players.