Dean Smith

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  1. Do you have any idea what you mean by Mile's "coaching" isn't working because I don't? You don't like the way he teaches defensive rotations or the footwork he wants on jump shots? I would think coaching includes philosophy and rotation as well. Or maybe philosophy includes coaching. What is his philosophy? By not working well lately I take it you mean we had a losing season. What is your definition for the difference between team and program? And if Miles "took a different approach" how would you tell?
  2. I don't know about it being people's love for soccer. Someone mentioned a Husker was wearing a soccer jersey and mere mentions such as that seems to set people off. Whether its mean or trying to have fun it seems to get a stronger negative reaction than most other things. I think that there are much fewer soccer conversation here than other distractions due to the overwhelmingly negative reaction. Maybe it's because Creighton plays soccer? As for keeping the board on topic, it seems to me that the "regulars" have the most off topic posts. We start game threads with a song for some reason? And this thread is titled "Offseason Potpourri". Can you be off topic with that title? Also when you are talking about diving I think basketball falls under the don't throw stones if you live in glass houses category. I love basketball, and particularly Nebraska basketball. That's why I read this site. Sometimes we get off topic and I usually just skim over those. And the diving thing is one reason I mentioned Messi.
  3. A couple things. 1. Just because someone says it, doesn't make it so. 2. Who's the "best" will always be subject and you can't "prove" those things but sometimes make for fun discussions. 3. Not Googling anything here but based on just what I've heard and read I would say 80-90% of all talking heads/pundits still pick Messi as the best in the game. 4. I'm sure part of that and overwhelming why he is the more popular player has to do with the difference in Ronoldo & Messi's personality. HERE IS MY REAL QUESTION. On this board I've read about baseball, football, volleyball, songs, movies, food and what people think is wrong with Kidney. All of this seems to pass without much comment. But whenever anyone mentions the most popular game in the would people always respond with sarcasm and insults. I don't understand all the hostility. I find watching baseball like watching paint dry but if you want to talk about the Cubs or whatever is your team, knock yourself out. I'll just skip over those posts. I didn't like soccer when I didn't know anything about it. When I watched it I learned to really like it because I love basketball and they are tactically almost the same sport. If I had to do it again, I would have my high school teams play a lot of soccer in the offseason because you could legally be teaching basketball by teaching soccer concepts without violating any NSAA rules, and it's a great conditioner corresponding to basketball as well. I'm certainly not going to waste any time trying to convert anyone but why does soccer seem to bring out some much hostility in people? I brought up Messi because no matter what sport you are focusing on, whether he is the best or second-best right now, his ability to be a great teammate, very little ego, willing to sacrifice for teammates and team, constant effort when playing and work ethic on and off the field, is something all athletes in all sports should aspire to. To make it relative to this board, he is the antithesis of AWIII.
  4. You're aware CR7 is having some tax problems as well? He's still playing for Argentina as well. Ronaldo is a great player but his arrogance and willingness to throw teammates under the bus are some of the reasons that Messi is still widely regarded by the soccer world as by far the best.
  5. On the field, Leo Messi is everything right with sports. The best player in the world and the best teammate.
  6. I watched Tai play for Golden State vs Philly last night in the Vegas league. He got in the start of the 2nd & 4th quarters getting maybe 10-12 minutes. Not really much of a run out. He didn't hurt the team but not many positives. I think he got one of everything. 1 rebound, 1 turnover, 1 assist (should of had 3 but players missed easy shots), 1 steal but 0-1 on the night with a badly missed three. He got the ball on the left baseline and started his bump/spin move baseline like he did for the Huskers so many times but once he beat his man instead of going to the basket he reversed out and passed the ball off. He played 90% of his time as the point but looked like they had him on a very short leash.
  7. It is impossible to know if he would have different here at Nebraska with a better team and to be honest I've not seen him play since he left. So I don't know if he has adjusted his game. I tend to think that was his game and that was the player we needed him to be that year. I admit some of my opinion is purely based on asthetics. I prefer an offense that has a higher number of assists. To me that usually means you are getting easier shots. So I picked Talley over Petteway. I think he could create his own shot when needed and be more willing to fit into a pass first offence. And in case anyone cares I also took Diaz in the front court. I think Jordy has a shot to be that guy ( and hopefully should become that guy) but based on only his one year vs Brian's career I took Diaz. I personally feel if he had healthy feet it's quite likely he would have ended up with his jersey hanging in our rafters. .
  8. Me for one. I never liked the way he played and the better team you have the less effective he becomes or he destroys the team.
  9. It's been replaced by the jump hook which is waaaaay easier to teach and pick up.
  10. The up and under is not a primary post move but a counter move. If you don't have any reason to step up then you have no ability to use the move. You first need to establish either a face up move or a Sikma move. When the defense takes away the move, the up and under becomes the counter.
  11. I had pretty good luck teaching post moves to both posts and non-posts. Kids want to score and when they realize I can get some easy buckets down there, they pay attention. They dont need post moves they need a post move. I don't consider a drop step a move. Everyone needs to be able to drop step either middle or baseline as soon as they catch it if they feel the D laying on one or the other. Feel the D laying on your bottom side as you catch, drop step middle. If you can't feel a drop step then do your move whatever it is, if they take that away, you have to know a counter. If that's not there kick it out. Follow the progression, no thinking just doing. Your "move" may not be the same on both sides of the basket but I really liked teaching progressions to have the players reacting and doing as little thinking as possible. So yes you can have them go 1 v1 in the post and that can be beneficial but you can learn your progression by yourself or I liked what I learned as the spaghetti drill. The post goes block to block receiving passes while a teammate, coach, or manager uses a hand shield to give them different looks to react to as well as making the finish more difficult. The key is the one running the hand shield can't just be whacking them randomly. They have to be giving different reads so the post can go through his progression. This does take at least three or four people to make work but after being in this for as little as 30 seconds, their legs can start to feel like spaghetti. If the hand shield isn't focused on giving different reads and it just turns into let's smack the post around the drill can be pretty useless. That's why I liked to be the one running the hand shield at the beginning and then letting other posts as the training went on. Running the hand shield also gave posts time to think about their progression. And yes it can also be used to build stamina and toughness but don't let it turn into a "let's beat up the post" drill.
  12. The bottom three was one picture but the bottom left was Damian Lillard. I'm of the opinion when you talk about shooters, Reggie Miller carries more weight so I put him on top. The other three were separate pictures that I resized in Word and put them all together. I then had to screenshot the six of them together to turn it into one picture and compress the picture so it was small enough to upload.
  13. No he wouldn't. He seems to have been working to improve his shot by getting the shoulders back. You should land slightly in front of where you take off on your jump shot but you need to get the shoulders back. When that happens it creates a flatter angle at the shoulder giving you more arch and a more consistent shot. Here are some people who have shot with their shoulders back in the past and going forward.
  14. Right team but wrong guy. I think David Thompson was the man he was referring to.
  15. I didn't read the whole article so I'm talking in generalities but I feel the problem is the term "sex offender." Sexual crimes are very serious and should be taken as such. We do need different terminology. The problem is you can be labeled an offender from such a wide variety of actions ranging from rape, exposing yourself, peeing outside in a public place or an 18 year old dating a 16 year old in high school. It did sound from the victim's mother this was closer to the high end than the low end. But even then there can be mitigating circumstances to everyone's actions when you are deciding on punishments. A 15 year old boy abusing a 6 year old girl is a horrific thing but if you find out the boy, himself has been abused since he was 2 would have to be taken in account when deciding how you deal with him. For those of you trying to read subtext, no I have never been labeled a "sex offender." I also have a daughter and the culture of sex on college campuses scares me to death. So in generalalities, sex crimes are horrific but I would need more information before I pronounced summery judgement.
  16. I had one roommate from Wyoming and one from Iowa and that year they were always arguing who had the "best" name, Fennis Dembo or Lafester Rhodes. I also learned that year that Fennis was a twin. He and his sister were the 11th and 12th children, They let the oldest daughter name the twins and she didn't want any more siblings. She took her inspiration from the word finis as in French for finished. That's how you end up with a Fenise and a Fennis.
  17. SMU
  18. The joke was the idiot fans who don't really know what they are talking about and are always complaining not about his effort. The movie came out in 1980 (I Googled it) and I know he retired in 1989. So the joke was made concerning his defensive effort in the 70's. Certainly not the latter part of his career. He averaged over 2.5 blocks a game and is the third all-time leader in blocked shots even factoring in the league didn't start taking stats for this until his fifth year in the league. His stoic nature lead some to believe he wasn't always trying his hardest. Facial expressions shouldn't really be factored in on whether one is a good defensive player of not.
  19. Defensive is way more physical now? You never watched any basketball in the 80's did you. It is so exactly the opposite. Flagrant fouls today wouldn't garner a second look or even be considered hard fouls in the 80's. And on ball is the biggest difference. You were allowed to put a hand on the offensive players' hip and just hold him there. Let's allow Gary Payton or Michael Ray Richardson put their hands on the slight Curry and see how it greatly affects his game. The rules have been changed to allow for more offense. This is not an opinion, the league has openly stated over the years that has been their intention. I can disagree with someone's opinion and that doesn't mean I'm right but this isn't an opinion. You are just factually wrong about when defenses were allowed to be much more physical.
  20. So you're saying you wish he would have played with Jordy more so he didn't have to guard the 5? Offensively there was nothing different from what he did to what a traditional power forward would do.
  21. Curious to see how you felt Morrow should have been used differently. His skill set seemed to greatly limit where and how he could be used.
  22. I don't know any of the circumstance and maybe he had a real reason, but I'm a Nebraska fan so my take he refused to stick around and work for a spot. He would definitely have been a help next year but all signs pointed to less time on the floor for him.
  23. Not too many charges are earned by standing in a spot. You have to move your feet to beat them to the spot. You take out the charge and offensive players just lower their shoulder and run people over on the way to the hoop. You can't play any defense when you allow the offense free rein to run through people.
  24. Shouldn't an up arrow from Kent Pavelka count double or even triple? 😊 I'm honored sir.