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Old 01-13-2018, 05:01 PM   #61
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Whoa, it must have been hard having to wait until game 17 of the season before you could fire away with that zinger!
Stalk much? CPS would NOT have allowed that loss, nor would have many competent coaches. Coach Jumper, where are you?
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Old 01-14-2018, 12:17 AM   #62
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With her particular physiology, Russell could lift the equivalent of a gazillion pounds every season and she's unlikely to get any stronger in her upper arms and hands than she is right now.

She'll likely never leap more than a couple of inches off the ground, either, no matter how hard she tries.

Russell has to make up for those weaknesses by continuing to develop moves around the basket. If I were her I'd be immersing myself in instructional videos, then begging Dean to watch me practice new stuff I'm learning in my free time.
At this point it is too late to be concerned about Russell getting stronger, what we need to do is the same thing other teams do against Russell, they double team or sag into the post. That is a coaching decision. However, if you pay attention to Russell she can be awesome on both ends of the court on occasions but more aggressive when it comes to scoring. She just seem to lack the consistent killer instinct as Nared, Davis, Westbrook, Jackson or Green. If she is going to be successful at the next level she has to be more aggressive and consistent on both ends of the court. My bet is once Russell receives good coaching she will meet whatever is demanded of her.

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Old 01-14-2018, 01:29 AM   #63
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OMG the sky is falling

the Mighty Lady Vols have lost a game

what ever are we going to do ?
Ooooh Nooooo
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:54 AM   #64
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At this point it is too late to be concerned about Russell getting stronger, what we need to do is the same thing other teams do against Russell, they double team or sag into the post. That is a coaching decision. However, if you pay attention to Russell she can be awesome on both ends of the court on occasions but more aggressive when it comes to scoring. She just seem to lack the consistent killer instinct as Nared, Davis, Westbrook, Jackson or Green. If she is going to be successful at the next level she has to be more aggressive and consistent on both ends of the court. My bet is once Russell receives good coaching she will meet whatever is demanded of her.
I agree Russell has had many outstanding moments on both ends this season. She's entered every season after her first showing incremental improvements, so she obviously has the desire and work ethic.

I'm not sure, though, if I agree that she lacks aggressiveness or killer instinct because I personally believe that her slower-than-average movements make it only APPEAR that she lacks agressiveness. I mean, you can corner a naturally slow-moving sloth and poke it with a sharp stick until it is mad as a hornet, but it won't EVER appear as aggressive as a lightning-quick honey badger in the same situation!

But seriously, I think Russell has three issues:

1. Her lack of upper arm and hand strength means that guards can't simply throw the ball into the post at a level above everyone else's reach -- which would be a HUGE advantage against smaller defenses -- because she can't grasp the ball tightly enough with her arms raised high to consistently catch it.

2. She is obviously not physically built to leap above everyone else to catch high inbound passes, either, so that limits her touches as well.

3. Defenses regularly double- and triple-team her as guards attempt to throw passes into her that she can handle (neither too high above her head that she has to jump, or too low for her bend to reach), and so too often they have to make the decision to take another outside shot instead.

If Mercedes could jump and also had strength in her upper arms and hands, her game would be amazing. She HAS made plenty of impressive moves and shots that have gotten me to my feet, though, so I am thrilled that Mercedes stayed for this season! She's having an outstanding year and has so much to be proud of.

She just needs to work on some surprise moves to spring on triple teams now and then and, also, work on lightening her shooting touch a tad. Sometimes her shots look like iron balls shot out of a cannon instead basketballs out of soft hands.
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