“Players shouldn’t have their feelings hurt if we are pushing them to be the best. I don’t think students should get their feelings hurt if we are pushing them to be the best. Last year, people pushed me. I just got mad and went to work.”
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After a loss to Georgetown:
“It’s getting a commitment from all 12 guys. Right now we don’t have that. We’ve got to get it back. And realizing what I’ve said since the day I got this job — players play, tough players win. Win I die, I hope they put that on my tombstone, because it’ll be the same up in heaven. Tough angels are going to be better than those other ones. Today, we got out-toughed. We got thrown around on the boards. We got posted up.”
“We have to learn how to get better everyday and not make the same mistakes.”
On Keith Appling’s improved outside shooting:
“He did it the old-fashioned way. He locked himself in the gym all summer. He shot more than he’d ever shot in his life.”
Over the weekend at the BCAM Coaches Clinic the shot clock in high school basketball came up during a discussion.
Tom Izzo of Michigan State mentioned that it would be a good idea and I have heard other basketball people say the same.
Here in Michigan, we do not have the shot clock.
Like everything else in society, we all have different opinions. The same can be said for putting in a shot clock.
To me, it doesn’t matter. The game is in great shape. In our league, teams do not sit on the ball; we play. Matter of fact, we would not need a shot clock because we push the ball and look to score quickly.
Not sure what will happen here in Michigan but to me, it doesn’t matter whether we have one or not.
A couple of issues off the top of my head would be where do we get the money to install them when many sports programs around the State are making cuts in their budgets?
Where do we place the clocks? On the floor? On the backboard above the basket?
Also, where do we get someone to keep the clock during the game. It’s not as easy as you think to keep it the clock. Plus we have to pay them for their time.
Shot clock in high school basketball? It really doesn’t matter to me.
Let’s just play!
The BCAM Coaches Clinic starts today and runs through tomorrow.
But first up, compliments of Camp Darryl, today’s birthday’s: Adrian Smith (76), Kelvin Sampson (57), Rex Chapman (45), Grant Hill (40).
Today’s Clinic speakers include:
Tom Izzo (Michigan State University)
Alan Stein (Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Steve Schmidt (Mott Community College)
Joe Pechota (Siena Heights)
Keno Davis (Central Michigan University)
Danny Hurley (Rhode Island)
Nate Oates (Romulus high school)
Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State)
Ray McCallum (Detroit)
Kim Barnes-Arico (Michigan)
Brett Reed (Lehigh)
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: Bleacher Report.com posted their All-Time New York Knicks team. Bernie made the cut; he gets the start at small forward. (Frazier, Monroe, Reed, and Ewing) So here you have a guy on the New York Knicks all-time team and he is NOT in the basketball Hall of Fame? What really separates King from Carmelo Anthony, though, is the multi-faceted, two-way nature of his game. Not only was he a deft and willing passer, but he didn’t shy away from responsibility on the defensive end. He was superb at defending the passing lanes, and when healthy, could keep even the most elusive of athletes in front him.
1-This day in hoops: September 26, 1973 the late, great Wilt Chamberlain signed to coach the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA. ‘The Stilt’ coached just one season; the squad went 37-47.
2-Bleacher Report on Ohio State men’s basketball; mainly DeShaun Thomas.
3-Howard Beck of the New York Times on the Brooklyn Nets. “Our focus is not beating the Knicks or being better than the Knicks,” said Billy King, Nets general manager. He added, “I don’t consume myself with the Knicks and anything they do.”
4- SB Nation.com with their list of the Top 100 College basketball players in the nation. Cody Zeller of Indiana checks in at # 1. Do you agree?
5- MLive.com Scott DeCampsat down with Tom Izzo for a Q&A. Izzo on Social Media: I hate it (he smirked). I think it’s going to be the death of all of us. I know there’s a plus to it and communications people will be mad at me, corporately there will be people mad at me, because it is a good marketing tool in some respects but, again, we’ve done what we do so well – we throw something out at young kids. We said, “Here, deal with it,” and we forgot to educate them on how to use it and how critical it can for them and how damaging it can be. …
I try to tell my guys, “Anytime you text, tweet, Facebook, do any of those instant messaging (things),” — I’ve got ‘em all now, and I’ve got an 18-year-old daughter – “just make sure what you say on there, you can say it right here with the TV cameras live and well. If you feel comfortable with that, then cool. If you don’t, you’re in trouble.” It is a new animal to deal with, though.
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: In 1974, Bernard made his college debut at the University of Tennessee. The six-foot-six freshman out of Brooklyn, New York scored 42 points against Milwaukee-Wisconsin. BK fouled out of the game with a little over seven minutes to play in the game…
1-John Tomase of the Boston Herald on Tom Brady and Derek Jeter; two athletes that have been very successful in their careers and believe it or not, both men follow and respect each other.
“You see someone who plays the game the way you think it needs to be played, like Derek Jeter,” Brady said in Indianapolis. “I love the way he plays the game. Those great-caliber athletes you look up to and admire for what it takes day in and day out to be a great player. You always watch other athletes and how they play the game, what makes them successful.”
2- Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant on Kevin Ollie who will take over for Jim Calhoun at UConn.
“I was talking to [Michigan State head coach] Tom Izzo this morning,” Jim Calhoun said, “and he had been an assistant for five years, made the team as a walk-on. I think he has done pretty well. He said the thing that carried him through the first couple of years that were difficult was that he really believed Michigan State was going to be a good team. Kevin Ollie has that. He believes UConn will win, and he’s going to work — 12 hours a day if he has to — to make that happen.”
3-Mike Slane of Yahoo.com on D-Wade and his interest in soccer.
On Sunday morning I woke up at 7:30.
I made coffee, snatched the New York Times from my driveway and hopped on the couch to watch men’s Olympic basketball live from London.
Only basketball junkies get up this early in the summer to watch a great sport. What can I say, I need my fix.
In progress was Brazil and Australia. At half-time of their game, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was in studio for NBC.
Chris is a fine writer, I enjoy his work. He also covers boxing for SI.
“They are flawed,” Mannix said.
Take a guess who he was talking about?
Reaching for my laptop, I logged onto Twitter and tweeted what Mannix said and asked him how do the opposing bigs defend USA on the perimeter?
It wasn’t long until I heard back from Mannix. A few minutes after I tweeted about his comment he got back at me with the following, “You think it’s flawLESS?”
Do I think Team USA is flawless? Of course not Chris but the media wants to make us think that the Americans are the only team in this tournament that has flaws. The next negative comment I hear about a country other than America, will be the first. Are we to think that these countries are perfect?
One thing about the game of basketball, all teams have flaws. Another thing when discussing this particular team is someone out there will find some sort of weakness.
I’m tired of listening to people say the U.S.A. men’s Olympic basketball team is undersized.
That argument is tired.
I don’t care if it’s a journalist, sports talk show host, a fan, a coach, or a player.
Find something else, please!
We’ve been hearing about their lack of size since they announced this team.
Not being as tall as your opponent is not the problem. Since when did someone’s height determine the winner of a basketball game? There’s more to basketball than the size of your body. The size of your heart is a lot more relevant. The United States of America men’s basketball team have huge hearts!
What these so-called experts fail to realize is these big men they speak of from other countries are not Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon or Bill Walton. And by the way, after their obvious point on how does USA defend opposing bigs in the post how come you never hear, ”How do these bigs defend USA at the other end?”
Can you say match-up nightmare?
Can you imagine if we could listen to an opposing team scheduled to play the U.S. and hear what they tell their bigs when guarding LeBron or Carmelo Anthony on the wing?
Words like vulnerable and beatable are also in the conversation when discussing the Americans. Yeah well of course, all basketball teams can lose one game. And last I checked Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love are the USA big men. Are those guys chopped liver? Chandler was named defensive player of the year in the NBA this past season.
During the Brazil-Australia game a Brazilian player made an awful pass into the post from the right wing. The Aussie defender stepped in front of the post man and intercepted the pass leading to a fastbreak bucket at the other end.
Whenever American players make bad entry passes into the post color analysts are quick to point out how it is a lost art.
Is it me or do these analysts only criticize American players when something bad happens on the court?
As for the game between USA and France, the Americans were favored by 24.5; final score USA 98 France 71. Kevin Durant scored 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. James scored 9 points and dished out 8 assists. Love was a spark off the bench with 14 points for the Red, White and Blue.
Tony Parker, France’s fantastic point guard sported a pair of Goggles for the game and only managed to score 10 points.
Once again, USA’s depth and defense was the difference in this game. USA will wear teams down by applying relentless pressure on the ball. When the opposing team goes to their bench, USA counters with All-NBA players.
France tried to play a zone late in the first half and all the Americans did was score inside on a powerful dunk by James.
“We want to play the right way,” James said after the game.
And the Americans have shown that they play the right way. They share the ball (27 assists on 31 field goals) they defend and rebound. Plus, they are on all loose balls.
USA’s defense is suffocating at times. When they trap the ball they are like piranha’s but it’s their rotation that makes it so effective. Watch weakside defenders move on the pass and close out. USA gets deflections that lead to lose balls that leads to steals which lead to fast break points. France guard Nando de Colo received a taste of what his future job is going to be like when he suits up for Coach Pop next season in San Antonio. de Colo turned the ball over often and looked uncomfortable on the floor. USA’s defense will do that to a ball handler.
On offense USA beats their man off the dribble with ease but they must kick it out to the open shooter when the help comes. Forcing the issue in the lane will not get it done. A point guard’s job is to get into the lane, draw the defense and kick out.
This is a great United States team that Jerry Colangelo has put together. I enjoy watching them play. They are well coached and work very hard. Can they lose a game? Sure they can. If you have played basketball or coached it, you know anyone can beat anyone at anytime. Just ask Coach K about their game against Lehigh in the 2012 NCAA tournament.
I love the USA bench guys that get up and cheer for their teammates on the court.
France was awful from distance (2-21) and I thought they said the Americans can’t shoot the ball?
I was impressed with Doug Collins doing the color for NBC.
The San Antonio Spurs have six players participating in the olympics but add assistant coach Brett Brown who is running the show for Australia.
If Colangelo is looking for an ideal coaching staff for the 2016 USA mens team he should look at Tom Izzo, Doc Rivers, Mike Dunlap and Bob Hurley.
The Decision: One and Done or Commencement?
“Hopefully getting better to handle yourself for the next 70 years, not the next six or seven, is what’s ultimately the most important. To good families, that’s the most important. The kids who are a quick fix, the other’s most important.” -Tom Izzo
Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal on what’s more important in college basketball; a player getting to the NBA or a National Championship? Great quotes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State University on what helps him more; sending players to the league or having players that help MSU win a title?
“Every kid that goes to the NBA benefits me enormously,” Izzo told a number of businessmen at lunch that day. “If I get a kid going to the NBA right now, I’m sad to say, if you had to look at winning a national championship or sending a kid to the NBA, which would help your recruiting more? It would be the kid going to the NBA.”