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.”
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.”
I spent two seasons as a member of the men’s basketball support staff at Michigan State University from 1999-2001. Not to mention I live five minutes away from campus so naturally I spend a lot of time at practice. It must be noted that HS coaches are allowed to attend practice.
Here are 10 things I learned under Tom Izzo and to this day, utilize in my coaching journey (in no particular order of course):
1-Work Ethic: Nothing positive gets accomplished without it. Spartan players are expected to punch the clock as well as the coaching staff, team managers, and staff personnel. On some days I saw coaches in the office as early as 6:30 AM and as late as 3:00 AM. I’ve seen players in the practice facility as late as 1:00 AM working on their game. You need to have a worker’s mentality if you wish to achieve any success representing the Green and White.
2-Accountability: Everyone has to carry their own weight. No one can hide. No weak links. Best example was video coordinator and managers always had the hotel ballroom set up for watching film on the road. It looked like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. Plus, not to mention the amount of tapes on the opponent available to view. Scouting reports had to be studied and memorized. Even strength and conditioning coach Mike Vorkapich gets after it to have the Spartans ready to take on the demands of a long season.
3-Passion: You have to bring it every day, every night. There is no down time during the season. You come to work and you give all you have. 100% effort, nothing less was acceptable. Back in 2000, the slogan was P.P.T.P.W. (Players Play Tough Players Win). Spartan basketball players are expected to ‘leave it all on the court’.
4-Communication: Everyone talks. Everyone cheers. Everyone inspires and encourages. “Every day you should think about and talk about how the practice went.” Izzo once said in a meeting. I’ll never forget those words. At basketball practice everyone is lifting each other up. I’ve never seen so much chatter at one practice. It’s electric and alive.
5-Recruiting: You have to be relentless. You’re recruiting non-stop (rules change all the time though so know the rules). Writing letters, phone calls, evaluations, on-campus visits…always have to be working. Potential recruits are invited to football games in the Fall enabling the coaching staff at MSU a chance to spend time with recruits. It’s vital you learn about a kid off the court.
6-Relationships: At Michigan State you build and nurture relationships. Every day you can meet someone new. You build friendships that last forever. Coach Izzo is big on this with MSU summer camp. Coaches meeting coaches. Campers meeting campers, etc. Working camp in the summer gave me an opportunity to meet some great basketball people; to this day, 12 years later I still have contact with guys I worked at camp. I once watched Draymond Green work out. After the workout he came over to me and introduced himself. That gesture says a lot about a young man at MSU. “Get to know the person next to you that you don’t know,” says Izzo.
7-Rebound and Defense: If there’s two ‘on-court’ traits that sticks out in my mind about Michigan State it’s rebounding and defense; the Spartans pride themselves on crashing the boards and pursuing the ball. Everyone hits the glass. Everyone rebounds. You learn to battle at MSU. At the defensive end of the floor you never relax. If you don’t check someone at MSU, you can sit on the bench. Izzo is famous for his “war drill”. It’s all out, no holds barred. I once saw two players go at each other for four straight possessions and rip each other’s jersey and draw blood. Bottom line is you have to possess a warrior’s mentality to rebound and defend at Michigan State.
8-Character: Izzo looks for guys with character, not characters. You come to Michigan State to improve your game and to graduate. You attend class and you give all you have in practice. You don’t bring attention to yourself. It’s about the team, not you. You arrive in East Lansing as a boy, you leave a man.
9-Integrity: Do things the right way. Don’t cheat.
10-Opportunity: Izzo gave this young coach a golden opportunity to become a better coach. Sure there were obstacles and bumps along the way. Now, when I experience a tough situation, I look back on the time spent in East Lansing and always utilize what I learned while at Michigan State to get me through. Players and coaches that arrive in East Lansing get an opportunity to help sustain a great tradition. Winning games the right way and going to the Final Four; not to mention a chance to prolong their careers whether in the NBA or playing professional basketball over seas (or an assistant coach getting a head coaching job) It’s not only players and coaches who are given the opportunity at MSU but managers make the most of their time under Izzo too. Eight former support staff members from MSU currently hold positions with NBA teams.
“Coach Izzo taught me the fundamentals of the game so that I could become a better player. When he recruited me, he promised me a chance to play in a championship game to become an all-american. Because of him, my dreams became a reality.”
-Jason Richardson, former MSU Spartan currently a member of the Orlando Magic.
Lots of talk in the sports world about the “1 and Done” college basketball player.
William C. Rhoden of the NY Times with an interesting article on the topic. Included are a couple of quotes from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.
Last week, I asked Tom Izzo, the basketball coach at Michigan State, if he thought a highly talented, highly athletic team of white players would be viewed differently.
“I want to answer that as honestly as I can,” Izzo said. “I think it would be different. I hate to say that.”
The perception is that these five black players are not serious students and don’t belong at the university. If they were white, there would be more acceptance that they belong at the university.
“It’s sad for me to say, but it’s probably the truth,” Izzo said. Perception or not, the reality is that the sports industry has done its part preparing young men and women for their careers as professional athletes. Only a small percentage will succeed, but only a fraction succeed at the highest level in any profession.
What is happening to my beloved New York Knicks?
Jeremy Lin and crew have lost 4 straight games and 7 of their last 10. Last night they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-114.
Doc Sadler was fired at Nebraska yesterday. Sadler had a record of 101-89 in 6 years.
Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press on Tom Izzo and how he feels about Bruce Weber being fired at Illinois.
“I think it was ridiculous the way that thing was handled. And if I take abuse for that, I really don’t care, because I’m also the president of our association. This isn’t about a friendship. This is about a profession.
“And whenever you’re in an organization, whether it be yours, whether it be mine, or whether it be a business one, the only way you can be successful is if, top to bottom, from the president to the trainer, we’re all on the same page, and that in five, six months, you can determine something.
“I feel bad for the Illini nation, because somebody’s — somebody pulled the rug out from under them. I feel bad for those players that have been there that, in my estimation, weren’t given a fair chance back about the middle of January, whenever that famous statement was made.
Congrats to New Mexico last night. They beat UNLV in the Mountain West tournament.
How about the Cincinnati Bearcats? Mick Cronin’s team upset Syracuse last night in the Big East tournament.
Chico State won their first NCAA tournament game since 1958.
Zach Hillesland of the New York Times on Mike Brey and Notre Dame basketball.
One of the first things Coach ever said to me turned out to be one of the most significant. It was during my first year, one of the very first practices, and I had forced up a terrible attempt at a 3-point shot. He pulled me aside later and said, “You don’t need to reinvent yourself.”
It took me seven years to figure out that he was not talking about on-court skills. He was talking about personality. And therein lies the rub. Don’t reinvent yourself. The guys who try to reinvent themselves falter. He is not saying, “Don’t improve,” he is saying, “Understand who you are, and translate that to the court.”
Immature players do not thrive in his system. Make yourself a man and you will have an open seat at the table. And that is not saying you cannot be a kid or that you cannot make mistakes, but when you step on the court and put that jersey on, you better take accountability for yourself and you better at least resemble a grownup.
Two solid semi’s today in the Big Ten. Wisconsin-Michigan State. Michigan-Ohio State to follow.
Which men’s college basketball coach do you think wakes up the earliest in the morning? Who gets the least amount of sleep during the season?
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