The first tweet answers the second. We need Alterique.
When journalists tweet things like this, they've almost always gotten off-the-record background from the coaches, and know what the coaches want them to put out. That's good for both parties -- the journalist knows from the coaches that his statement is true and that later events won't make him look ignorant; the coach gets a message out that he may want his team to hear from an outsider, the players will think Rothstein formed an independent opinion and is backing up what they hear from the coach. So Hurley thinks someone, Alterique or Jalen or both, needs to step up their on-court leadership, and that the rest of the team needs to accept their leadership and follow.
I think Alterique is the natural leader. Jalen is the scorer and shouldn't have too many additional responsibilities.
You can't, but like I said Rothstein gets his tweets from the coaches, not from his own opinion after one hour of watching practice. If he was praising Sam Jr., it was because KO wanted him to. Probably KO valued his relationship with Sam's dad, knew Sam Jr. wasn't going to play much, and wanted him to get some gratification from the press.
Good news there:
- Alterique ready to go, we need that.
- Christian keeping his starting spot ahead of Sid Wilson. Pressure on the rookie.
- Tyler stepping up? The 4 spot is wide open, I doubt any player has an inside position yet. This could be coach-speak to tell the other players there's more work to do to earn a spot. Tyler might be in the last position for all we know, after all he was last in the "practice points" contest, therefore, naming him doesn't make players think the coach has picked a favorite. Interesting that Sid is thought of as a potential 4 in a 4-guard lineup, and that Yakwe is currently the leader among the big men for the 4-spot. Maybe Hurley is tactically labeling the senior as the favorite, keeping the developmental pressure on the younger forwards. Saying Sid and Tyler could take their minutes is a strong statement that the forwards need to step up to win playing time.
- Hurley continuing to anoint Josh as a starter and asking him to step up production.
- Hurley encouraging Brendan Adams -- crowded perimeter with Alterique, Jalen, Christian, Sid, and Tarin ahead of him, I think Hurley doesn't want him to get discouraged thinking that minutes will never materialize.
He's fine. I know people are reluctant, but what he had done should fix it, and likely would improve his shooting since he's been shooting with a bad shoulder for forever. Note Jon's comments of surprise on his shooting form.