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@Boiler77 Thanks, I really appreciate the kind words.
I think that our views on hand-check fouls are clouded by 1) that awful OK State game and 2) how Matt Painter teaches (or, used to teach) perimeter defense. Refs usually place an emphasis on rule changes early in the season. As we get deeper into the year, I'm sure both our coaching staff and the refs will get used to the new rules. The last two games have been much better. And I'm sure Wisconsin and MSU fans have similar complains.
The bunched sets are definitely something I've noticed these last two years. Hammons is Painter's first potentially dominant post center, so this year I've noticed we're running a lot fewer motion sets than the Moore/Hummel/JJ days. Our scheme now revolves around the post man attracting double teams, which create driving lanes or open perimeter looks. But proper spacing is a huuuuge part of this strategy, and Ronnie/Terone/Simpson often fall into the "just stand there while someone else has the ball" mentality.
4 days, 5 hours ago on Video Breakdowns: Old Spice Classic (with a slice of optimism)
Thanks so much for this article. I'm a die-hard Pacers fan, putting myself through grad school at Purdue (1 hour north of Indy) and for the last two years I have scraped enough money to get a mini-package for Pacers games (11 home games a year). Ticket package, gas to drive down, and dinner for two. It really makes me sick to hear the same excuses (recession, bad team, hangover from the Brawl/Reggie's retirement, blah blah blah)...I never heard that BS while my Colts lost 14 straight games to sold out stadiums. The team is a fast-paced, young, energetic and highly talented bunch. They are all very high-character guys. They are winning. The brawl was 8 years ago, Reggie retired 7 years ago. It's time the city got over who the Pacers were, and love the group they are. Because if they don't...I know Seattle/Kansas City/Louisville would kill for a pro basketball team. The players on the team are disappointed in the city and the fans, and they should be. I sure am.
1 year, 8 months ago on An Open Letter to Indianapolis