bucknersrevenge wrote:playa-hater wrote:bucknersrevenge wrote:
I think that as much as anything tell you that he's not ready yet. And you know what? That's okay. He will get more opportunities in the future. His defense is coming around and that's a really nice development so far.
His not ready yet was still outplaying others (Teague the latest) and was really energetic and productive. But even if you differ on that point, I have the "only way to get ready is to play him". He is after all our much needed lottery pick that was drafted at a position/skill of need. Plus the others are never going to be a part of our future (Teague/Edwards/Waters/Green and possibly add Semi/Grant. The reasons to play him far out weigh any reasons to sit him by a good margin IMO.
I get your point I think. And when I say that he isn't ready, to clarify, what I mean is that he isn't ready to OWN a permanent place in the rotation yet. Nesmith doesn't have the credibility to suggest that Brad should abandon trying other guys on occasion to see if they can steal productive minutes off the bench. He WILL get minutes again. But Smart will be back soon and Langford after that. Brad was always going to need to play a number of guys. Let alone, we make even a small trade.
One of these days I may write about my experiences with College coaches and what I learned about differing philosophies regarding young talent and developing them. As of now the only "cliff notes" I want to share is that I learned a bit with Coach Jay Wright (Villanova) in short if he recruited a player, he wouldn't hesitate to "throw him into the fire" and play him through his mistakes. Why I asked. His response, was something along the lines "we need him to be ready sooner than later" and "we will need him to be ready to win it all"
That player was Ryan Arcidiacono. He struggled mightily in his freshman year and I actually thought he was "not on that level". Despite that he started and played near 30 min per right off the bat. A few years later he was named MVP of the national championship game and currently plays for Chicago Bulls. That is only one of many examples of that kind of philosophy. I have seen many other coaches take the opposite approach as well. Many coaches are too afraid to go "through the growing pains of trial by fire" for the greater good.
Ryan was not heavily recruited on Villanova's level, but Coach Wright recognized Ryan's talent and potential. He wasn't afraid to go against the grain and see the "big picture"
The short version is the philosophies and fundamentals taught by Jay Wright (more than any other I learned from) are what I believe in most and his players seemingly turn out to be better than advertised on the next level.