I’ve seen it all through the years. I used to laugh when people wanted an apology for the team playing poorly after a loss. It was pointed out that Bear Bryan apologized after losses. Yeah, and he didn’t lose much. My father asked him once about that exact style of apologizing after a loss. He said, “If I have to apologize often, I’ll be fired.”
Musselman divided the blame equally. He said not one player played well. He quickly added, “And, I didn’t coach well and my assistants didn’t coach well.” Good enough for me.
Asked about not finishing around the rim, he said the obvious, “This team has had a problem with that since the first game.”
Vanover is not an inside guy. He should shoot from distance better than he did in the last two games and figure that is going to happen. If not, he’ll see his minutes decrease.
I don’t think the pick and roll issues were all Vanover’s fault. In fact, Musselman said most everyone on the Zoom call (media) would not understand the technical issues and what was going right or not.
I’m told that the issues with the pick and roll are sometimes inches this way or that. I was told by James Dickey and Pat Foster that Eddie Sutton had foot placement on the pick and roll defense down to inches. And, that’s for both defenders. If Musselman talked about the technical terms for where each defender stepped and where he placed their hands, it would leave our head swimming. Musselman wondered where the weakside defense was on some of those pick and rolls. In other words, he wasn’t expecting either defender to roll. How they are covering depends on the call they are in. We never know what call they are in. We just see a dunk or a 3 and we blame the guy closest, or one who isn’t close enough.
This is a technique oriented coach. We see them playing hard and that does it for me. Playing too fast is just as much a mistake as not playing hard enough. I saw them play a little too fast sometimes, but wasn’t sure why. Doubt it was lack of effort.
They’ll have to play with better balance around the rim and more strength. But I figure every shot was a bit different. This is a coach who will analyze that and they will figure it out.
That’s what probably frustrates him, is that some of what he saw are things he thought they had covered and fixed. They’ll have to fix them again. He knows it and will buckle down to doing it.