I may have missed something, but wondering why KJ isn’t getting any PT. I am not questioning coach Muss…just curious.
My guess is that Makhel is taking his minutes, and the way Makhel played last night, he will continue to get those minutes.
Kamani is undersized for what he does, and he lacks the offensive game to do much of anything but layups or stickbacks. He has trouble getting shots over bigger opponents The Mitchells are rim protectors, which Kamani is not. Graham is showing some improvement on defense, and is better as a scorer(when he does not dribble) and is getting a better on passing.
Kamani is still going to get a few more chances to come in and be an energy guy and give us minutes when the Mitchells have foul problems, depending on the opponent’s personnel.
We really struggled cleaning up the defensive rebounds last night, and Kamani is by far our best rebounder. He has struggled with some foul trouble lately. But I love me a dominant rebounder. I think that’s huge especially in the post season. I hope Kamani shows he can play solid defense without fouling and earns more playing time down the stretch.
I really thought we could have used Kamani’s toughness on the boards last night. Not sure why he didn’t play but he seemed fine with it so I assume he knew he wasn’t going to play, for whatever reason.
I agree with needing his toughness last night though as with Walsh, Kamani’s size among the trees tends to attract the whistles as he aggressively ascends. The eyes of referees tend to follow “difference” in a scramble. What a player he would be with only another inch or two,
Muss stays with what is working as long as we are winning. Mitchell twins and Graham were doing fine, so no need to disrupt the rhythm.
I remember when I was managing the Programming Development group at our company in the early years, my boss told me that when I add 11th programmer, productivity will start going down and I will have managers managing managers. I think Muss believes in the same philosophy. Any more than 7 to 8 is tough to manage. Results prove that it has worked well.
Kamani seems to be a great teammate and good guy who plays his heart out, but with the limited scoring options we have I think the decision was made that the twins and Graham have more potential to score in the paint. To me, even with defensive issues, Graham seems to offer the most offensively. The twins were very good last night.
Lots of good responses/reasoning from everybody…don’t disagree with any of it.
After watching the game and how effective the twins were that made it hard for K Johnson to see the floor.
He’s just not a Big O
Many times last year and a few times this year his offensive rebound put backs were our only spark of offense. What he did against San Diego State wasn’t a fluke or against some small chump mid major competition. That was big time. Also I’m happy to see Kamani is an awesome teammate on the bench no matter how much he plays. And just like him, I only care about winning. And I’m also happy to remind y’all so nobody forgets what Kamani is capable of a la the San Diego state game. I’m looking forward to his next opportunity that I’m sure will be coming at some point. Every game is big for us down the stretch. And we can always use more rebounds
Kimani only knows one way to play and I love his warrior attitude but he’s basically a bull and a china shop and he will always be a foul prone because of it.
He is not a offensive threat in any form or fashion so you combine those two things together and you kind of see why he’s not playing much. When we play Kentucky I wouldn’t mind sending him in there and roughing up big boy though LOL
Roosevelt Wallace. . . . Now that was a bull in a china shop. . . or maybe the intimidator. . . .
Oh wow. Nice memory of a true beast on the court. He had the stare down.
When you needed a player to take a hard foul headed to the hole Wallace could deliver the blow that would make that guy be looking around every time he touched the ball!
Good points. He also single-handedly sparked us at UT last year when we were sleepwalking thru that game. His stuff that doesn’t show up in the boxscore is WAY under appreciated, IMO.
One could say he invented the flagrant foul.
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