Thursday, February 12, 2015

Christian: “We stopped playing"

Jim Christian seems frustrated. I don't blame him. As I wrote Wednesday night, this team is not talented enough to play well for 30 minutes and still win. They need full effort, for the full game and on each possession. If you watch Christian in the huddle, he's not really a screamer. He has the more sarcastic, passive aggressive way of trying to get through to the players. I don't know if it is going to work, but he's not holding pack with his criticism.

From the Globe:



“We stopped playing,” Christian said. “We basically stopped playing. We stopped guarding. They got layups. We were awful in transition defense." The timeout wasn’t to send a message. To Christian it was already clear. “They know,” Christian said. “They know. It was way before that. I mean, that game was over at that point.”



“I hate to say it, but for me, it’s eye-opening as we move forward with our program, we have to have guys who have more invested in winning, in doing what it takes year-round to be a good basketball player at this level, because you’re playing against guys who, every single day, wake up and challenge themselves to the highest level.”


The Herald:

"We didn’t lose this game on offense. We lost this game on effort.”


The Heights:


“We stopped guarding, we gave up on transition defense, and that’s what our team does down the stretch.”

I don't know if this team will check out completely, but at least we know Christian will be pretty candid about what's going on with his team.

10 comments:

Ry said...

It's much easier to be candid when you have no real responsibility for the dudes who are on the floor.

@timstwrt said...

This is way more Gene's fault than Bates's, but we also keep hiring glorified high school coaches. Donahue was all rah-rah and whistling, Christian's the negative version, rolling his eyes, gesticulating wildly and yelling at bench guys when something goes wrong on the court. He deserves time to recruit his own guys, of course, and hopefully he can turn it around. But this all goes back to firing your best coach in history and dragging him through the mud on the way out. Bates can't do much about that, but one thing that he should do next season is have a night honoring Al. They could do a 15 year reunion of the 2001 Big East champs or something. It may not help the product on the court, but it would go a ways toward righting old wrongs.

ryan morgan said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fny-aTL-XzU

That is my comment.

Hoib said...

Tim

That would be wonderful, but to do so BC would basically be admiting they made a mistake, something they don't normally do. I would love to see it though. It would be a game I'd make it my business to go to just to show my appreciation for Al.

@timstwrt said...

oh man, that video's depressing.

ryan morgan said...

whole thing is fun to watch but the williams dunk at 3:14 in that video haha ridic

eagle1331 said...

Seems he is good at pointing fingers.

dmyankees said...

I don't want to make excuses for anyone, but maybe part of the reason guys stopped playing was because they were worn out. Check the box score - Hanlan, Brown, and Heckman all played basically the entire game, and that has been the case over the last few games with Magarity's concussion. The only bench guy who sees meaningful minutes is Owens, and he takes over for Batten. Christian has got to find a way to work some more pieces in so that guys don't collapse in the second half as of late.

With that said, I like that Christian has them more committed to defense this year, and I actually like his demeanor on the court.

eddierock said...

Ryan: Thanks for posting the link. What an awesome video. How far we have fallen. Let's hope Christian can get some ACC quality recruits and bring us back.

bceagle93 said...

Maybe Christian needs to take Daz on the recruiting trail to find some Dudes....