A article on Diamond DeShields

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That is an exhausting article. Definitely a rocky road.

I was surprised by this quote

Says former Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick, bluntly: "She could have worked harder for us. I think she gets it now. She's got a maturity level to her now that she probably didn't have in college."

I am not sure if this is a well known quote from Holly and when she actually made it in relation to her Post Collegiate career? :confused::confused::confused::confused:

I am assuming she was still TN Head Coach???
 

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That is an exhausting article. Definitely a rocky road. I was surprised by this quote Says former Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick, bluntly: "She could have worked harder for us. I think she gets it now. She's got a maturity level to her now that she probably didn't have in college." I am not sure if this is a well known quote from Holly and when she actually made it in relation to her Post Collegiate career? I am assuming she was still TN Head Coach???
Holly was spot on.
 
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Knowing what we knew about DeShields' skill set, is there anyone here that doubted that Diamond would have this level of success professionally? I saw it (the raw potential) when she was a freshman at North Carolina at 18 years old. She was an extremely confident "diva" then. Nothing has changed.
 
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Can she be the greatest player in the game? Let's be fair and not have ridiculous expectations. I think a better question is, can she be one of the best players in the game? As long as Stewie and EDD are around, I don't see Diamond being the best. But she has improved each year and has as much athleticism as anyone. Let's see her make the All-Star game a few more times and then All-WNBA.
 
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Can she be the greatest player in the game? Let's be fair and not have ridiculous expectations. I think a better question is, can she be one of the best players in the game? As long as Stewie and EDD are around, I don't see Diamond being the best. But she has improved each year and has as much athleticism as anyone. Let's see her make the All-Star game a few more times and then All-WNBA.
The parameters for being “great” would have to be firmly established and agreed upon first. I can think of 5-6 players right now off the top of my head that are considered great, that in my humble opinion she will never eclipse. I give you Taurasi, Tameka Catchings and Maya Moore for starters. I don’t think she’ll ever be as good as Delle Donne either.

There’s good and then there’s great. Right now she’s good.
 
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DD's unparalleled athleticism on display in the playoff game . 8pts in Q1. But her outside / midrange shot is not on so far.

Dolson looking good (defense and screens especially) and has only 1 PF.
 

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That was an interesting article, if a bit rambling. I find Diamond a bit of an enigma. On the one hand she projects this supreme confidence. On the other hand she seems to have a, I dunno, vulnerability? Or maybe that confidence is misplaced? If she was really that confident, I don't think she'd second-guess herself or change her mind so much.

I find her a fascinating person, and if you get beyond all that bluster, there's a certain charm to her. And she's a lot of fun to watch when she's playing under control.
 

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Diamond had a very nice first playoff game. Along with Sloot, Stef, et al., she helped the Sky put up 61 points in the second half against Phoenix. Chicago at Vegas on Sunday. The Sky will try to run and then run some more.
 
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Deshields can be one of if not the best guard in the WNBA in 2-3 years.
I don't think she can be the best player because she isn't a power forward and can't affect games like EDD/Stewart/Wilson.
 
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No one can deny that DeShields has talent. Count me as one who believes she didn't always bring her best game when she was in college. Count me as another who doesn't believe she is a transcendent player along the lines of Stewart, EDD, Maya and company. However it appears she's been putting up great numbers this year and the Sky are much improved.
 
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That is an exhausting article. Definitely a rocky road.

I was surprised by this quote

Says former Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick, bluntly: "She could have worked harder for us. I think she gets it now. She's got a maturity level to her now that she probably didn't have in college."

I am not sure if this is a well known quote from Holly and when she actually made it in relation to her Post Collegiate career? :confused::confused::confused::confused:

I am assuming she was still TN Head Coach???
Let's be clear: It's up to the coach to shape and motivate young players. And let's be clear that in the year before DD showed up at Tennessee, she performed as one of the finest players in NCAA women's basketball, earning a ROY designation (FOY?) in the ACC.

Holly failed to get DD to play at her best. But Holly also chronically failed to get her other players, and her teams, to perform at the level of their talent. It is telling that Holly blames others for her failure as a coach.

No wonder that she was fired, and not her team.
 
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