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I turned on the game when Matta was going apeshit on Ravenel (I think). What the hell did he do to deserve that? It was almost Brian Kelly-esque.
Ravenal slammed the ball on the ground and was yelling at the officials.
Right after he missed a gimme layup
The CHASE is on...
Matta was sending a message to the whole team, "I'm not f'ing around anymore with people who play without intensity and then whine to the refs" He knows Rav is a Senior and a stand-up guy who won't pout and disappear for the rest of the season. That face said to me, "If this is what it takes to get their attention, G-D it that's what they'll get." It is not his normal style and he probably feels bad about having to do it, but his job is to win basketball games and this team plays to the level of their competition night after night. Seems to be like this for most teams in the BIG this year.
As a coach, the players are taught that their focus and minds are on the current play or next play (between plays) ALWAYS! That keeps the player's 1) head on what is most important--the next moment of competition and 2) it keeps the ref's from developing negative attitudes toward a player that might influence decision making. We are HUMAN.
Sometimes you need to get a players' attention. Strong words and emotions when it rarely happens by a coach gets this done. Further, it tells the ref's (if the yelling relates to their calls) that the team principles and players are to support the refs decisions and play on. I tell my players YOU focus on playing the game, and 2) I will handle the refs when I deem it necessary.
I have yelled at my players hard (though infrequently, and also I yell positives loudly, far more often) so that 1) I get their attention and 2) so that the refs know I'm doing it in respect to their position of authority. Over time, in critical games and tournament games when a respected coach starts to talk sternly to a ref it may impact future decision making (Refs are Human too). BTW I'm almost certain that strategic use of emotions and building ref relationships has had some impact on the calling of some of my games. We are all human.
Ravs reaction is mild to many of DT's pouting. In last weeks game DT thought he was fouled and jogged back while his man beat him down the court and scored. Last night he negected to cover a fast breaker and gave him a clear lane to the rim. It's time DT realizes his postion in the draft is dictated by both ends of the court. Then again he's the best offensive threat we have.
Personally, I think we are limited at the center position, but I see more effort and energy out of Rav. For that reason, I would play him more than Amir. Unfortunately Amir plays flat footed, out of postion and has weak hands. Makes you appreciate what Sully did for the previous 2 years. Get mean Amir!!! On the other hand, the small lineup seemed to actually work well last night.
Finally, Matta has recieved much criticism over the last few years about the use of his bench. It appears that this year he sees the opportunity to develop his second line since there is not a significant drop in talent. I think his use of the bench will pay off in the comming years. Shannon Scotts defense and effort is fun to watch.
Here is a pic
When it 1st happen live i thought Matta was being over dramatic over the top , but after seeing the replay of Ravenel pulling away from his teammates & ignoring Matta going down the court , I completely agree with how Matta handled that situation.
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