Persistence not perfection
- Mar 7, 2010
Well, let's be fair here. First, ZZ was great off the bench, but Chandler was the qb of that team last year. No way to know what the additional burden of starting and being THE man would do to ZZs game. Barnes also knew that Key could play some at the point along with Vescovi, but he really didn't know how things would work out due to my first point. Both are great threats off the ball, but with the added pressure of playing point, you really don't know how it will impact them. What astounds me is that we appear to be somewhat reliant on a player like Plavi. Never would have imagined losing him would cause such a hiccup on this team. Very, very disappointed in ON. It appears he is what he is. So now Barnes has to turn to Aidoo and Awaka and force feed them in the early part of the schedule. No easy task especially with Awaka being so inexperienced. All in all, it's clear this years team will not be getting off to a fast start. It's going to have growing pains. Won't be the least bit surprised to see us drop tonights game, too. Imagine what our offense would look like if we take Hooker and Mayes out of the lineup and plug in Jackson and Nichols. Pretty sure we'd have some rough moments. That, IMO, is where this years hoops roster is.See, I don't get or like this--- Barnes has been a coach long enough and been at UT long enough that he shouldn't have to "figure it out"--- at this point, he should know what it takes and have his team ready mentally and physically. That only tells me their practices have been lacking.
Most of Barnes teams other than when Williams and Admiral have been very emotionally fragile, not a lot of confidence and swag... If they come out and are in sync and hitting, then they can keep it and beat anyone... they come out cold or hit some cold spells and their confidence plummets and they hardly ever come out of it... That's coaching. Sorry.
Very early in the season, so most likely they will get it together sooner than later. Definitely a head scratcher coming off last season and a great showing pre-season to look and act like they did against CO...Guess we'll see.