TIME AND POSSESSION

We talk about it all the time.

Know the score. Know the time.

Last night Michigan State played Northwestern. Spartans point guard Cassisus Winston turned the ball over. Head coach Tom Izzo took him out of the game. Note, it’s not the first time this has happened in 2016.

What did the coaching staff tell Winston?

“Just time and possession,” Winston said of Izzo’s message, “and I should be smarter not to make those kind of decisions in that time. … I gotta be smarter, because the ball’s going to be in my hands.”

Izzo put the freshman back in the game.

Nothing wrong with taking a player out after a mistake and telling him what they did wrong.

Call it a “teaching moment.”

GEORGE KARL… ON CARMELO

The former coach has written a memoir.

“He really lit my fuse with his low demand of himself on defense. He had no commitment to the hard, dirty work of stopping the other guy. My ideal — probably every coach’s ideal — is when your best player is also your leader. But since Carmelo only played hard on one side of the ball, he made it plain he couldn’t lead the Nuggets, even though he said he wanted to. Coaching him meant working around his defense and compensating for his attitude.”

SCOUTING 101

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016

Took to the road last night to scout an upcoming opponent.

One of our players, Caleb Hoekstra also made the trip.

Packed gym, competitive game.

It was fun and very informative.

You get a totally different perspective when you’re sitting in the stands as opposed to watching the team on film.

The guys have been showing up in the AM to get their work in.

So proud of the work the East Lansing Trojans have put in.

Coach Finamore

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