Stevens and Carr. Two huge targets for the next 9 months to watch.
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Text/chat/forum talk interpretation: I think Eric is asking Tom not to presume that a HS coach would tell his player before telling the media....
Could be wrong.
ďWe talk to our guys all the time about the difference between interest and commitment. When youíre interested in something, you do it when itís convenient. When youíre committed to something, you do it all the time, even when you lost that feeling that you originally had when you you made the original commitment.
But the problem with todayís society, and especially in our basketball culture, is kids grow up learning to be conditionally bought in. In other words, Ďif things are going well for me then I will listen and I will follow the plan and I will do what you ask me to do coach. If things are going well for me then Iím going to have a good attitude; Iím going to be coachable. But if theyíre not, Iím going to get off the page and Iím going to do what I want. Itís okay for me to violate team rules; itís okay for me to not be coachable; itís okay for me to take a bad attitude; itís okay for me not to be a good teammate.í
And the reality is that itís a disease that impacts the vast majority of teams. What most fans donít realize is this is the number one thing that we fight as coaches every day. Itís a daily battle. People think itís about pick and roll and dunking the ball and making jumpers. If our guys have a clear head for being committed to what goes into winning, then weíre going to win most of the time, unless we play a team thatís just that much better than us.
But when you see us struggle itís not because we didnít work on free throw shooting or work on our three point shot. Itís because maybe a guy got off the page, or maybe a couple guys did, and I try to tell our staff all the time itís not about the scouting report. Itís not about how weíre going to guard pick and roll. Itís about Ďdoes this guy have a clear mind?í If he has a clear mind like Mike Gilmore did last game, then he can score 10 points in 14 minutes. If he doesnít have a clear mind then he shoots the ball off the side of the backboard. Itsí the same guy.Ē
ďSocial media is a bear. Iíll use Mel as an example, too. We hit a stretch in the season where Mel was very upset with the media, with certain fans. Unfortunately this guy reads message boards sometimes. And people are being critical of Melvin because heís missing shots. Melís like, Ďwell Iím not missing on purpose.í Mel donít be so sensitive. Clear that stuff out of your mind. Focus on the next thing we need to do. But again, Melvin Johnson is a young man. He has feelings.
Kornheiser said itÖitís a really, really good point that he made. A lot of us are really, really good at staying focused when people say good things about usÖbut as soon as someone says one negative critical thing we flip out. We canít handle it. Especially at that age, thatís a challenge. As coaches thats a big part of what we need to be doing.Ē
he proceeded to spend about the next 15 minutes berating me for
I can get pretty wound up about the Sandusky thing, which I regard as somewhat important (even if my opinions about it are off base), but I can't for the life of me figure out what drives the intensity of people like your friend in the bar, and CE and even Rokk. It really is like their own self-esteem is associated with the performance of our favorite teams.
I'm slowly emerging from the bomb shelter after Saturday afternoon and what the hell?
FWIW, Rokk had at least 3 or 4 accounts registered with SBNation when we finally had to cut the cord there. And of course, the 3-4 accounts he used all had matching gmail addresses to his absurd usernames.
Oh you guys banned him? I thought he was on vacation?
Eh, I know of 1 in women's basketball, but that's because they don't want to pay the buyout, so they're willing to ride out the contract.
Exactly, Skeeza. Who the hell knows because of the instability of our administration the last three years. This is completely unacceptable and another gross example of this institution not supporting the program. It's not a good look that Sandy didn't publicly address it before the season. I don't think it's close to a damnation of her AD capabilities but it's not a good start.
Can't you ask this? I thought Penn State was in a new era of openness. This is a serious reply. Anyone can ask, but you're a working journalist, no?
There's reason to be bullish on Pat, there's reason to be bearish. That's what people like CE cannot accept. Just can't accept that Pat hasn't convinced everyone that he is the next version of Jay Wright (which would be great btw, as I have said before I love Jay Wright and have met him several times)! At least with others who agree with Eric (and I see a lot of logic in Eric's reasoning, but disagree with him about some of it, no matter), they can acknowledge that Pat isn't infallible yet and does have to do more to be the long term solution here. And if Pat is the long term solution, then I'd be happy, no need to chop and change coaches every 6-8 years then. Those are good things!
The odd thing is apart from a small vocal minority, people seem to be on board with a Chambers contract extension. So, I'm not sure what more you are doing here CE in terms of insulting and trying to discredit those who have called you out on your ridiculousness.
Ridiculous comparison. Complaining about officials in a game thread is harmless.
Nobody but that ONE guy makes truly personal attacks and insults like...ever. And he does it in nearly every single post. This is a guy who looked up my personal email address and wrote me hate messages before ever signing up for this forum, because the way I defended Ed upset him so much 5 years ago. He's unstable at best.
He really can't handle his emotions.