Proud Connecticut WBB Fan
- Aug 26, 2011
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1 minute to Geno!!!
Kelly smiled very briefly the other day and Geno caught her in the act
Geno told Tiffany that if she continued to fall down they could lose; she's not falling nearly as much
Stef is he happiest kid in America, great personality and great teammate
Banks reminds him a little bit of KJ
Geno really likes Griner and she (and Danielle Robinson) went over to his Uncle's while in Italy; She loved the cheese, sausage, bread, etc. She told Geno that there's a good restaurant in Waco and Geno said something like "yeah, I've been to the Waffle House." Funny.
Geno talked about the ND loss briefly and took responsibility for trying too hard early in the game to get Maya shots to make sure she got off to a good start. He said that it caused the other players to focus too much on that and not enough on taking shots themselves and running their normal offense. I thought that was an interesting comment by Geno.
It appears Geno also made or is still making the mistake of underrating Maya's ability as a play maker as well.Geno talked about the ND loss briefly and took responsibility for trying too hard early in the game to get Maya shots to make sure she got off to a good start. He said that it caused the other players to focus too much on that and not enough on taking shots themselves and running their normal offense. I thought that was an interesting comment by Geno.
This kind of confirms something I suspected. That Geno had learned through the years that his teams played better defense once he gave up pressing to the extent he did in the 90s. The negatives of giving teams that would struggle to score in the half court opportunities to score in the open court and the free throw line typically out weigh the positives of turnover generation.Geno said that pressing will never win a national championship b/c teams in March are too good to be pressed; UConn has never won a national championship by pressing; the team will be able to do some different things defensively but it didn't sound like Geno is planning a lot of full court pressing
4.Geno said that KML "never, EVER gets tired out there." However, after 15 mins, Stokes and Banks 'need oxygen'. Sounds to me like KML's off-season workouts were no joke! The rest of the frosh simply need to get used to the intensity and pace of UCONN basketball. They will get it in time, as they are pretty decent athletes to start with.
To chalk up KML never getting tired to off-season workouts I think partly misses what Geno was describing. Because I think to a larger degree Geno was talking about a player with the talent of not getting tired. The rare players that can maintain mental sharpness over an extended period of time. The quality Geno is talking about is something I saw in KML even 2- 3 years ago when she was not in the greatest shape dating all the way back to when she was a sophomore. Conditioning certainly helps players stay mentally focused longer. Sue Bird has talked about learning that conditioning is essential for just that reason, but there is also very much a mental talent component that often gets over looked. And if players lack it no amount of physical conditioning can compensate for it.