Let me just offer this. It took Derrick Walton three and a half years to become the exceptional player that became over the last six weeks or two months last year. Derrick had a very good career at Michigan but it was over that last period where he just took over, allowed his ability to just blossom and put the team on his back. Derrick decided to “just play.” He wasn’t thinking, he was just playing, and he was firing on all cylinders. And, of course, his confidence just skyrocketed. I see these young kids thinking too much. I think sometimes they’re afraid to make a mistake. I think that’s happening to Isaiah. I think it happens to Charles, and he has SO much natural ability. I think, while Eli ran the team pretty well early, that after he started missing shots, he stopped shooting, even though Coach B TELLS him to shoot. I think it happened to Z for a while. I hope it doesn’t happen to Jordan Poole, but I see him a little more hesitant lately, too. It’s such a fine line. Yes, Duncan is struggling with his shot, but he knows where to go and what to do almost always. MAAR knows what to do and where to go, ALWAYS, at least I think so. Pretty much Moe, too. I think MAAR can just take over games. I think when we need a hoop he can get it, but perhaps he defers too much.
I absolutely think Coach B is a great coach. He’s an offensive genius. I really admire him in so many ways, but I also think he’s pretty controlling with that offense. Controlling to the point that sometimes rather than “just play” guys are thinking too much. It’s such a fine line. How much do I demand they run the offense perfectly, and how much do I encourage them to just play? Do I coach them too much? Do I coach them enough? It’s such a fine line. I’ve always thought that, a lot of times, the pursuit of perfect offensive execution, may contribute to some those rather long stretches where we don’t score. I don’t know, just my thoughts. I may be completely off base. Again, I’m glad Coach B is on our side. I love our kids, and only want them to be the best they can be. I’m absolutely certain that’s what coach wants, too, even beyond wins and losses or championships, and that’s another reason I respect him so much. He just wants the kids to be all they can be, as people and as players.