Perfectly stated. Perhaps one of the best summaries of both Barnes and the program at this point. Barnes is a hall of fame coach, no doubt about it and I hope he retires at UT, but he needs to recognize (as the article articulated) that he is part of the problem. Post season record speaks for itself and is a reasonable observation. I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with the X's and O's he teaches but we do need alot more, "dog" so to speak in our players on the offensive end who aren't afraid of the moment and have been instilled with confidence to make plays. Guys who can take the initiative, play 1x1, take it to the basket, stay aggressive and inspire teammates to follow them. He may need to recruit for that attribute vs finding ideal guys who fit his system.Barnes is a good coach. I think it's his unwillingness to change and adapt that has him "stuck". He needs to recognize his deficiencies as it pertains to offense and surround himself with assistants who can help in that area. I also applaud the culture he's built. Having said that, I think he might be placing too much weight on a recruits defensive abilities while ignoring their offensive liabilities. Also, I can appreciate a desire to avoid dealing with problem players, but sometimes you need some attitude and fight in your players. Guys like JJJ are great people, but there's just not enough dawg in him to be anything more than just a nice player when he's into the game. Long winded way of saying that Barnes needs bench help and more complete players who can do more than just play defense and say yes sir to him.
Zeigler has this in him, despite the mistakes he makes from time to time and his size. Who else on this squad? Mashack showed to a certain extent but he still has to improve his offensive skill and develop. Vescovi I think probably has it but is limited by ability, as he is somewhat a one dimensional guy, but I never thought he played afraid. James, Nkamhoua and Key most certainly didn't have it. Phillips, thus far doesn't have it.