Zaza, the Jazz and some links

Hey, folks -

Hope you are well.

Had a few things for you. I talked to Zaza Pachulia Thursday about his alley-oop pass to Al Horford in the Memphis game. (If you didn’t see it, he forced a turnover, started going upcourt and then lobbed to Horford on the break.) I’ll have that Q&A – not terribly newsworthy, but kind of fun and interesting, I thought – and then  some stuff from Mike Woodson about Utah, my brief take on Friday night and a couple links.

Q&A with Zaza

Q: What happened on the play?

A: I took a couple dribbles and I saw that nobody was guarding me so I took it all the way. I was just trying to read the defense and Al Horford did a great job. He ran on the fast break and he was ahead of everybody. Rudy Gay was kind of in between and I just threw the ball up. Al is very athletic and I knew he was going ot get it. It was a great play. Al made it happen because he ran.

Q: When you let it go, did you think you might have thrown it too high?

A: It felt good. But still every once in awhile, I do those kinds of things. When I let the ball go, it was good. I knew Al was going to get it. Those are two people I’d throw the ball to (on an alley-oop), Al and Josh (Smith). Even if it isn’t (on target), if you throw the ball maybe left or right, they’ll catch it and dunk. … It was right at the rim, so Al just had to catch it and dunk it. It worked out.

Q: I’m guessing you don’t get to practice that much.

A: No, not lobs. I lob passes and I have done it before too, but not from that far away. Normally, I don’t bring the ball up. (I think this is my favorite line in the interview.)

Q: You looked really happy after that play?

A: It’s something that doesn’t happen a lot (note: he meant the play, not him being happy). People got excited. Fans liked it. My teammates liked it. It was an exciting moment.

Q: What’s next, going between the legs?

A: I don’t know. Next is Utah Jazz. (Second favorite line) That’s not a big man’s job. If it happens, it happens. Normally, a big man doesn’t do that.

Woodson on the Jazz

The question, asked by sideline reporter and Bayou legend James Verrett when the two of us met with Woodson Thursday, was if the Hawks already know what’s coming from the Jazz because they’ve done the same things for so long:

Woodson: They have, but they do it fundamentally. They do it better and harder probably than any team in the league. (Coach) Jerry (Sloan) basically coaches how he plays. He played hard and his players, they play hard. They physically get after you. If you don’t meet them head on, they will embarrass you.

James: So it’ll be a test of your toughness?

Woodson: Sure it will. Every time we play them.

My brief take on Jazz-Hawks

The Hawks have done pretty well in the two games they’ve played against pure point guards (Boston with Rajon Rondo and Dallas with Jason Kidd). Rondo had three points and nine assists, Kidd had three points and six assists, and from my vantage point, it looked like the official scorer in Dallas was on a mission to pad Kidd’s stats.

So, while a lot more goes into beating the Jazz (and Boston and Dallas) than defending point guards, that bodes well for the Hawks against Deron Williams.

(This is off topic, but did you realize that LeBron James is averaging 8.0 assists per game? That’s ridiculous. Though, as regards the point about Kidd, he averages 8.8 assists at home and 7.2 on the road. I think that would make for an interesting article. Assists are very subjective in my opinion.)

Anyway, the Hawks’ defensive field goal percentage in the last three games – 48.6, 50.6, 50.0. Part of it is that the games were blowouts – Memphis shot 55.6 percent in the fourth quarter – but they were shooting 48.3 percent through three quarters. Utah is one of the best shooting teams in the league and also does a good job at holding onto the ball, though the Jazz don’t rebound all that well.

Links:

Dime magazine thinks that Woodson has been the best coach in the league this year.

“…he has been able to keep everyone on the roster happy by keeping the focused on sharing the ball, defense and winning.”

Jazz notes from the Deseret News.

My story today about how the Hawks look at the multitude of statistical measures that have become increasing popular.

From the last post:

Coleco - I asked Marvin that around the Boston game. He said he didn’t feel pressure because of the contract, that he felt pressure last year playing for this contract. He generally seems to be pretty upbeat whenever I talk to him. For what it’s worth, he does as much extra shooting as anyone on the team, as best I can tell.

Lastly, thanks to those who have offered up your kind words about my efforts. I sincerely appreciate all of them. It’s trite, but it means a lot.

356 comments Add your comment

Fundamentals

December 18th, 2009
10:16 am

Utah will be another big test. I’m looking forward to both teams play their best ball. We’ll need to be at our best on D, rebounding and moving the ball on offense. A great litmus test tonight for both teams.

Hawks by 5 is my prediction in a tight game to the wire.

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
10:18 am

Tough game for the Hawks. Tougher than the last 4. The Jazz have won 7 of last 10. Our assists totals have plumped over the last four games to a 22.3 avg but the Jazz also share the ball at a 25.9 assist clip.

They have two players that some would argue are better than anyone on the Hawks team. Boozer, 20 pt’s .555 FG% with 11 reb per game. Then Williams who is one of the top point guards in the league with a FG% of .489 and 10 assists per game.

Our 3 pt shooting has hurt us and maybe lost us a couple games this year but we have been hot the last few games. The Jazz do not shoot near as many 3 pt shots as we do and at a worse percentage. 106-311 .341. The Hawks numbers: 157-439 .358.

The good news – were at home and the Jazz have dropped the last couple here. We should be well rested and confident.

If balanced scoring and good ball movement continues our defense should take the day. We need our big’s to play tough and turn the Jazz into a jump shooting team.

Undisputed Champ

December 18th, 2009
10:21 am

FIRE SUND AND Ken Sugiura, oh, thats right ken is gone soon! Yeah! one down, one to go!

Fundamentals

December 18th, 2009
10:25 am

Way to focus on the task at hand Champ. I’d also offer that Milsap and Brewer will be keys for Utah along with their usual tandem. Frontcourt definitely needs to be strong to keep them on the perimeter on D and to get our guys open jumpers on the offensive end by establishing the points in the paint.

Should definitely be a battle! Love the match-ups.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
10:30 am

I agree with everyone that the Jazz will be another good test for the Hawks. Even though we are at home and frankly more talented. We all know the Jazz will not fold after getting down. They are a tough, well coached team, so it will be a dogfight.

I think this is one of the three losses I predicted Ken, but for today…. Go Hawks! spank ‘em.

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
10:30 am

Milestones: Atlanta is at least 10 games over .500 before Christmas for the first time since 1997-98. And: Atlanta has won six games by at least 20 points after combining for just five such wins in previous two seasons

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerranking?season=2010&week=7

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
10:33 am

Daniel

I think this is one of the three losses I predicted Ken,

Say it ain’t so.

Clyde

December 18th, 2009
10:33 am

FIRE WOODY

The regular season doesn’t mean crap. Winning a championship is all that matters. This Hawks team reminds me of the Sacramento Kings teams Bibby use to play for. They were exciting and they won a lot of games but they just could not get over the hump to win a championship.

This team was not made to win a championship. It was made to tease a hungry Atlanta fan base that hasn’t had a major sports championship since 95. But they can’t fool me and won’t fool me.

FIRE WOODY

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
10:38 am

Ken Sugiura,

I for one will miss your reporting. You provide fun stats and a good amount of posts. I really enjoy you taking questions straight from the blog to the players and coach Woodson. I hope you enjoyed your Hawks experience as much as I enjoyed reading about it.

JerryWest

December 18th, 2009
10:40 am

Some teams are lucky to have glue guys.

Every decade there comes a player who transcends this quality of “glueness”. In the 70’s there was Magic Johnson. In the 80’s there was Charles Oakley. In the 90’s there was Kevin Garnett. Players who can absolutely transform teams with their presence. Garnett, if wasn’t surrounded by terrible teammates in Minnesota, may have had multiple championships there.

I will call them “Crazy Glue”.

I think the crazy glue of this decade is “Al Horford”.

JerryWest

December 18th, 2009
10:50 am

Ken – Please tell James Verrett that he is awesome.

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
10:52 am

Clyde,

The regular season doesn’t mean crap.

At the moment there are 27 teams who have experienced more losses than us. I like the long season grind and the drama along the way. We are getting more bang for the buck than any other NBA team.

Go buy 15,000 tickets for every home game and maybe we can afford changes. Maybe you could be that owner that could get it right. Get-er-done.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
10:58 am

KevinA- I feel a little ashamed about that pick right now. I did pick ‘em to go 7-3 over the 10 games. I don’t care if I lose out on the pick. I want a win!!!

CLYDE- Always great to hear all that positivity and sunshine on a cold, rainy day. Just wanted to let you know that it is ok to enjoy the moments (because ultimately that’s all we have). Be here now.

Ken- Thanks for filling in for us. I hope we haven’t been too difficult of a group. Hopefully, you can parlay this expierence into some more NBA reporting for the paper. Hey, more reporters and commentators is better.

Dap01

December 18th, 2009
11:05 am

Is Ken leaving?

Ken: If so, your articles were more enjoyable and informative with each new blog. You did an excellent job!

Undisputed Champ

December 18th, 2009
11:08 am

Undisputed Champ

10:55 am

Woodson has already done well, a point that seems to escape irrational conversation.

Astro Joe, no doubt your first premise is an accurate one. Keep in mind that Sund never completed a championship level tour with the Mavericks. He left them as a good team but not a great one.

In his poker playing efforts concerning Woodson’s salary, he got called out and did not know that Woody was the quality of coach that he is, after all this is Woodsons first head coaching assignment. Now that its clear(should be after five + years) that Woodson is showing first tier ability, to have offered an 2-3 year extension at the current rates would now seem like a steal.

Right now Woodson’s hawks are writing history with what has taken place over these past 5+ years. Its a great story and a great epic that we are privileged to witness. Make no mistake about it. No doubt woodson’s stock has risen and will continue to rise with each win.

I guess ESPN, and TNT have taken note.The coach’s polls have, and opposing teams have. This team is well coached and well prepare and has perfect unity and chemistry, a sign of an excellent coach. Those are facts, not opinions.

Let the naysayers , and prophets of doom continue to falsely prophesy.The more talent you add to the hawks the more Woodson utilizes has options and the more victories we achieve. – GO HAWKS.

Undisputed Champ

11:06 am

KevinA I dont know if youve ever play high level basketball, but…. you shoot the long range shots and the threes even when you slump. You do that to hone your skill. You shoot right through the slump, which is going to happen to every body and his momma.

At the end of the day (season) the percentages play out. Its hard to gauge talent by micro analyzing.

I do agree with you Boozer is a load. Their offense is the retrofit of the Malone/Stockton exchange. It seems to be the only offense Sloan knows. He never won a championship with it, but is perennially good.

The bottom line is execution. The coach doesnt play. If you accept the style of offense (buy in) then you execute it. They have the right tools to pick and roll and they execute. We have the right tools to run multiple styles of offense and we also execute.

Who ever executes best tonight will win!

Undisputed Champ

December 18th, 2009
11:10 am

KevinA

A very excellent point KevinA, we are a good value for the money!

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
11:15 am

Ken Sugiura, as far as im concerned my experience with you is that you are, unfair, intolerant of contra-wise opinions and you cater to favorites. I would hope that the leader of the site would not be narrow in those endeavors.

Having said that, I wish you well where ever you go and thanks for the experience of getting to know you.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
11:24 am

Joe Mama- What? I guess we have been reading totally different blogs. Ken has been balanced and even (if anything to the point of vanilla). What’s your issue?…. that is just weird.

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
11:27 am

JerryWest you are funny, you did mean that as a joke right, comparing Horford to MAGIC, thats funny man!!

I do agree with the comparing of Oakley to Horford. Thats a perfect equation. Good Job!

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
11:29 am

Daniel , I guess you miss the part where I said, my experience.

Dap01

December 18th, 2009
11:36 am

What blog has Joe Mana been reading?

JerryWest

December 18th, 2009
11:41 am

Joe Mama -

Did you not understand that I didn’t compare their games? I compared the chemistry they create. Notice, I didn’t include MJ or TD or Hakeem. If these guys had less talent they would no Zing. Magic, Oakley, Garnett & Horford have a different vibration in them. Got it?

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
11:43 am

Dap01 as politely as I can say this; people often read with an opinionated heart. They interpret what they read by what their heart is telling them, not what is actually written.

Let me give you an example. Go back and read my post in question. Do you see any where the word Blog or for that much writing is mentioned?

I just reread it and I could not find any criticism of his writing or blogging, if you will.

I hope I spelled your moniker correctly, I don’t want to offend you presumptuously, Sir.

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
12:00 pm

JerryWest, Yes, I understood clearly and that’s why I found it to be a paradoxical stretch, and humorously absurd. Showtime as Magic and the Laker team was known as (would it be unfair to call him a hall of famer?) was charismatic from high school and the Bird/Magic was legendary from high school. Magic was the first pick of the 79 draft and presumed to be a guaranteed champion. The Showtime catch phrase was added because of his and the lakers great showmanship. (James Worthy his team mate was also a 1st round 1st pick)

Yes, I understood. I also felt your purpose was to add stock to Horford’s name by using Magic’s name. I found that funny because Horford is no magic, whether in ability, talent or showmanship.
I did however agree that Horford is to be compared with Oakley. I think that is very accurate.

Its my opinion.

LOS ANGELES, June 5— He defeated Larry Bird in a legendary N.C.A.A. championship game, led the Los Angeles Lakers to five N.B.A. titles, received three Most Valuable Player awards and won an Olympic gold medal while spreading great basketball and good cheer throughout the world. But today Magic Johnson received an honor that he said topped everything else on his résumé: he was elected for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

”The Olympics was probably my biggest thrill to date, but today is bigger than that,” Johnson said this afternoon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. ”This closes everything as far as basketball, except hopefully in two weeks I’ll be slipping on that third ring as an executive.”

On a day when he was recognized for his greatness, Johnson, a minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, was still thinking about winning some more. It was that love of competition and thirst for victory that made him so successful and a joy to watch on the court.

No, Horford aint no Magic.

jon

December 18th, 2009
12:02 pm

you get the big Atlanta Hawks Boner!

Benjamin

December 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

Zaza should run the point for a few minutes in a blowout… that would be entertaining.

Volman

December 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

Ken, you did a great job with the Tech blogs, and things are going great here in Hawksville. Keep it going my man! We’ve just got to get you some connections with “Sources” now! haha! See you all at Philips!

New Zoo review

December 18th, 2009
12:17 pm

Volman?Jon? Benjamin? Ive never seen these guys before hummm, why did they mysteriously show up?LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
12:20 pm

Joe Mamma- you wrote “my expierence of you (is that) you are, unfair, intolerant of contra-wise[sic] opinions and you cater to favorites”… and then you later “correct” dap by saying you never mentioned blog or writing. No you just commented IN BLOG FORM, on Ken’s Blog about your “expierence” of him. Yeah, clearly it is others like myself and dap who just go off the deep end and assume your expierence meant his writing and blogging.

Look, if you have or had some “personal” expierence with Ken that you are referring to, then frankly, shame on you for casting your opinions in a public format.
If you are talking about Ken’s interaction on the public level through the press, then you are totally off base, because I, like many others, have read every single word Ken has written on the blogs and don’t find him controversial at all.

In that case, I suggest that you take your own insight and remember that “people often read with an opionated heart.”

I think you owe the man an apology.

O'Brien

December 18th, 2009
12:20 pm

I hope we can slow DWill down. And if Bibby is not getting it done, bring in Teague, because we know he will apply pressure.

I think Josh has to be careful not get called for easy fouls against Boozer. And on the flip side, I hope we go to Josh early so he can take it to Boozer.

I think Hawks win tonight. We’re rested (Woody has been playing his bench), we’ve been playing more uptempo, and who is going to guard JJ/Crawford?

KevinA

December 18th, 2009
12:28 pm

Undisputed Champ,

KevinA I dont know if youve ever play high level basketball, but…. you shoot the long range shots and the threes even when you slump. You do that to hone your skill. You shoot right through the slump, which is going to happen to every body and his momma.

At the end of the day (season) the percentages play out. Its hard to gauge talent by micro analyzing.

I think you make an exellent point. Slumps and hot streaks should have nothing to do with it. The Jazz shoot around 12 3 pt shots per game – we shoot around 18.

Boozer has shot 371 times with a .555 FG% Al has shot 233 times with a .571 FG%
Don’t you think it would be smart for Al to get some of those shots since he is clearly more efficient?

If Al got a couple more shots per game, do you think it would help the Hawks prepare for the play offs?

I MUS WRITE

December 18th, 2009
12:29 pm

Utah is a very talented team but so are the Hawks. I think this will be a close game for 4 quarters with the hawks pulling it out by 6 pts. We really need to concentrate on our Defense tonight these guys have as fluid of an offense as any team in the league.

Smoove and Horford are good Defenders and should be able to control their big men for the most part. The guys that worry me are Milsap and Ronnie Brewer-I think Brewewr has a big night for them and Milsap is his usual self eating glass and going hard on every play.D Williams will be his ususal self racking up assists and getting to the rim alot. Crawford off the bench should be close or match his production so……

GIVE MORRIS MORE MINUTES…Right now with Joe hurt he should be getting atleast 9 minutes a game -who else do we have behind Al,ZAZA,and Smoove, nows the time to se what we have for later in the year-injuries are apart of the game so get the guy more time.

The one area where Utah has an advantage is the Coaching, Sloan is really a cerebral coach making in game adjustments and such….Woody not so much but he is getting better, Going to be an intresting game.

Jerry West – is that man love u have for James Verrett-I’ll bet u cant wait to give him a double fisted bro hug…. LOL

Horford is similar to Oakley but he is alot more athletic and handles the ball better, Oakley may have been slightly more physical.

I MUS WRITE

December 18th, 2009
12:35 pm

O’brien-I was thinking the same thing if D Will is eating Bibby’s lunch we should play Teague more. Some body said it on the last blog but its really hard at times for opposing guards to get the ball in the post when he’s in vs Bibby…… He is a sticky defender that could present more of a challenge.

BILLY KNIGHT

December 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

I HOPE RICK SUND GET FIRE 2 I HATE BEING UNEMPLOYED.

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

Daniel, you are right.

Ken, I apologize that Daniel is attacking me for my view of my experience with you. that was derived in this forum ,and is the forum that I replied in.

Further, I feel that if you have something to say that you are man enough to say it yourself and don’t need an Idol gossiper b!tch to get in whats between you and me.

I’m sorry we are having this experience.

Daniel, I did not judge your salutation because it was between you and Ken. You cant force your opinion to become my opinion. We have different opinions and experiences.

I wont be replying to you. I ignored you last year, but gave you the benefit of the doubt.

Its time for my Big Ray Rule.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
12:58 pm

Imus- Comparing Sloan to anyone is going to be unfair. He is one of the three best coaches in the NBA (Jackson and Pops). Always underrated, but a HOFer. Maybe, one day Woody can get to that level. Will be a good test for him.

Fundamentals

December 18th, 2009
1:07 pm

As Teague gets more comfortable I think his quickness will be an assett against quicker guards on the defensive end. Bibby seems to be enjoying having Crawford and Teague around. Seems to let him play his strengths while resting during mismatches where others can fill in better. I think this relationship will only get stronger with each day that passes.

We gotta watch Korver coming back on the perimeter tonight. 3rd game back. He went 3-4 in his last game in limited action.

Undisputed Champ!

December 18th, 2009
1:08 pm

KevinA

Im not sure that I agree with your premise that the percentage is indicative of the type of play. Al gets his pct from low post put backs and 10-12ft face up shot. If he is asked to create off the dribble that would not be his strong suit.

Boozer is similar in that he works the post. But he is different in that the offense is predicated on the pick and roll play making. Boozer is 1st or 2nd option. Horford derives his points when the defense over extends to cover our guards or on a break or on a put back rebound.
Boozer creates his own shot and is a go to man even when he is covered. The percentages are similar but how they are derived and the impact is different.

No I don’t think we should change what we are doing and run our offense through Horford. I think that Horford should continue to get his points by default.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

Joe-
I appreciate that you will be ignoring me in the future, and I would also ask that you don’t not insult me on a personal level (Idol gossiper @#$%). I am sorry that you felt “attacked” when I inquired as to your “expierence” since I have read the same material and don’t see what you are talking about. I guess I was confused since you seemed to need to correct dap’s comments that your were not refering to “Blog or for that much writing” when talking about your “expierence” with Ken. I guess asking for clarification and/or standing behind what your write is considered an attack.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Fundamentals

December 18th, 2009
1:12 pm

What’s up with the crap chatter. Focus on the game at hand Jo Mama.

Ken Seguira has run a good and fair blog.

Ken Strickland is entitled to his opinion.

Sloan would’ve had several championships if it weren’t for Michael Jordan. He’s an awesome coach who focusses on what: FUNDAMENTALS. Gotta love him.

I think Al could develop into a 20-10 man like Boozer with a few more touches. Josh could as well. Each of their games they show promise that each are not at their peak yet. Good things to come. We’ve got some good low post scoring on the rise with Josh, Al and Randmo.

nunna yo biznezz

December 18th, 2009
1:12 pm

Hey Daniel,
As far as joe mama is concerned:, “What’s your issue?…. that is just weird”
Naw its not weird,ITS WEED!!!
WHAT IS HE ON???

I ALONG WITH OTHERS WILL MISS U KEN,BUT HEY,U CAN GET ON HERE EVERYNOW AND THEN AND LET PEEPS KNOW WHAT U ARE DOING OR ADD YOUR 2 CENTS IN..
THATS IF U FEEL LIKE IT..

GOD BLESS..

Undisputed Champ!

December 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

KevinA

Do I think if Horford got a few more shots per game it will help them prepare for the playoffs?

Not particularly, he is doing know what he will do then. Hopefully he wont rip an ankle out of socket trying to guard a more physical specimen in the paint like he did last year.

I would rather prepare by getting a legit center here in time for him to be come cohesive with the team before the playoffs.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
1:15 pm

Undisputed Champ!- That was a nice break down on Boozer and Horford. I would only add to what you say in that Horford also is involved in the offense more on fast breaks both as a finisher and instigator in ways that Boozer is not.

Fundamentals

December 18th, 2009
1:16 pm

And how do you suggest we get this magic cohesive inexpensive highly experienced GOD of a center – in time?

Daniel stands for whats good and right in the world. Honorable defense of a darn good blog site moderator. Thanks Ken for what you do!

terrell barron

December 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

If the Playoffs started today, we’d be the #2 seed. But unfortunately, it doesn’t.

Daniel

December 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

Fundamentals “He is an awesome coach who focuses on what? FUNDAMENTALS” — just wanted to add the “ba dump dump- rim shot” for you.
Peace, nunna

nunna yo biznezz

December 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

WOODY IS USING HIS BENCH,TEAGUE IS GETTING MORE PLAYING TIME,THE STARTERS ARE GETTING REST,AND WE ARE BLOWING PEOPLE OUT!!!!

DO U THINK HE OR SOMEONE IS LISTENING TO US??
OR,WAS THIS JUST HIS PLAN ALL ALONG??
OR,THE INJURY TO BIBBS AND SMITH CREATED THIS??
OR WHAT??

BECAUSE,IF WHAT MOST OF US HAVE BEEN SCREAMING OUT FOR HE AND HIS COACHING STAFF TO DO WITH THIS TEAM,AND NOW BECAUSE OF WHATEVER REASONS,HE’S DOING IT AND WE’RE LOOKING BETTER AND BLOWING PEOPLE OFF THE COURT IN DOING SO,THEN,MAYBE HE DOES NEED TO WALK AFTER THE SEASON..

NBA TITLE OR NO NBA TITLE..

IT DIDN’T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO SEE WHAT THIS TEAM HAS AND WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE DAY ONE..

WE COULD HAVE BEEN IN THE FIGHT WITH THE SAINTS AND COLTS AS FAR AS HAVING AN UNDEFEATED SEASON BY NOW..

NO?? U DON’T THINK SO??

ME EITHER..

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

Fundamentals, I hear you opinion, I dont agree with it based on my experience but as nunna yo biznezz says, you are entitled to your two cents.

Back on message:

As for as Sloan is concerned he is running the same tired pick and role that hes has always run. I don’t see him as an exceptionally good coach. He has had good talent in Malone and Stockton but could never reach the top. No excuses. Any coach could run his team with the talent he has.

If he makes the Hall it will be for his won lost record over the years to which I say “how can you have a bad record with Malone and Stockton. I don’t see him as an exception coach.

Boozer vs Horford, yes, I agree If horford took steroids and got as strong as Boozer he could be a player of Boozers level.

D ole Hoops Coach

December 18th, 2009
1:28 pm

I thought this would be a good time to share a story with all of you. I lived in Evansville, Indiana. The summer after 8th grade, I attended the Arad McCutcheon basketball camp. Coach McCutcheon was then the Coach of the Evansville College Aces basketball team. At one camp session, a player who had been the star of the Evansville College basketball team and just finished his first year with the Bullets in the NBA came to the camp to work with us. His name was Jerry Sloan.

All of us took turns guarding Jerry and one of the thrills of my basketball career was when he complemented me on my defense. After camp my parents had some kind of mix up and were very late picking me up. While I waited, out of the gym walks Jerry Sloan. He saw me and remembered me and stopped and asked why I was still there. Instead of going on about his business, he stayed and sat with me and we talked for about half an hour until my Mother finally came driving up in a panic. He then said goodbye and I jumped in the car–end of story.

This is a small event that I am sure he doesn’t even recall. I just wanted to share it. He went on, of course, to become a great player for the Bulls and a great Coach for the Jazz. But, basically, when I see him interviewed I see the same humble, decent man that I spent time with that day. With the craziness of our times, I thought some of you might enjoy knowing their are still people like Jerry Sloan out there.

Joe Mama

December 18th, 2009
1:31 pm

Pick and roll