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Date Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 12:40:52pm
Author: Peacock
Subject: As usual you avoid an issue
In reply to: Sludge 's message, "You do attempt to alter things" on Wednesday, September 03, 12:42:07am

You refuse to acknowledge that the coach and his plans can make poor players out of decent players. That is your problem, and you do qualify more of a novice than any other you might like to cite. The game plan was to support the slow footed Orta and slow footed, bad hands Sowell. That was the half court game. Well Orta couldn't buy a shot even before he got hurt, and Sowell wasted more time on offense than inexperience deserved. Injury aside, Orta didn't show much before or at the end. Failure to go away from that plan gave us the 6 wins. Its not difficult to criticize the players after this type of poor year. You might not acknowledge it but you are exactly like the infantile MAAC posters you cited above but in an opposite mode. Much like the Siena faction who feel they have top 20 material because of their success last year, you chose bottom 20 material because of the limited amount that you saw. You seldom explain away the stubbornness of constantly playing Leon at the point when he continued to make poor decisions. As bad as Lampley was with his out of control, little was done to teach him the skills. They would have lost not one more game had Lampley been chosen to play the point. We had to listen to you and your supporter that Leon was more the point and the staff agreed. In fact as non-novices you held to that belief until your inane logic finally failed about Leon. In addition anyone who observed this team, knew that they not only did not have a half court offense, there was little or no plays of consequence other than the Orta Sowell plays. Contrary to what oldtimer says, there was little attempt at screens for either Leon or Jenkins. If you paid attention at the end Jenkins was attempting more to create his own shot than coming off of any screens. What screens existed were more by accident than any game plan, or in other words, not a major part of the plan.

The other problem is your touch of Alzheimers. You did in fact indicate that the poor performance might well be the fact that they are freshman. I appreciate your denial right now, but I understand that your need never to be in a position to be wrong. Hell it explains why you are less a proactive commentator and more the sniper who loves to challenge other comments.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> There you go again -- Sludge, Wednesday, September 03, 03:31:58pm [1]

Your usual missrepresentation of my views, mischaracterization of events, and the usual demonizing of one's personals. Perhaps we can find you a position with the New York Times in collecting DNA from the discarded panties of Sarah Paylin after they find their way into the dumpster.

How quickly you choose to forget. Orta had some decent games to begin the season despite being the marked man. He was virtually unstopable from the 3-point stripe in the SHU game as anyone in attendance would attest. Perhaps this was one of the few games you could not attend and were forced to view from your best vantage point, the radio or web report.

Where have I ever said that the coaching does not have an influence on the game and the players? Of course coaching plays a big role. Unlike you, I have been more realistic in balancing my criticism among players and coaching. Because I argued on both counts, you now come to some illogical conclusion that I don't believe coaching is a factor. How rediculous and out of character, even for you, to make such a stupid suggestion.

You again misrepresent and show your lack of insight when you infer I was a strong supporter of Leon. What you refuse to accept or acknowledge is that I have only supported Leon versus Lampley at the point, since the latter has shown nothing to recommend him for that role. Your silly argument that we would have not lost any more games with Lampley makes little sense here. At least in Leon's case he is attempting to learn and grow into the position.

Likewise your radio has probably let you down further when you speak of the lack of screens being set. If you were watching or, in your case, maybe listening more carefully, you would have seen that single and double screen sets were employed or at least tried on numerous occasions in all the games. This was worked on and stressed in practices. The inability to execute might be a reason some of this did not work (sorry, I must try to be careful and not attack the players for this).

Lastly, it appears you have backed down on your remark paraphrasing me on the fact they were freshmen. Of course, being freshmen does influence play. As the Gatekeeper for the Board archives I look forward to reading the comment you claim that I originally made.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Quit the Holier than thou approach -- Peacock, Thursday, September 04, 01:38:46pm [1]

I probably have seen as many games live as you have so your innuendoes to bolster your point of view show how dishonest you are.

No one disputes that Orta could shoot the three, but he also needed to be wide open. He hesitated on many opportunities that were wasted during the game. If anyone wants to state that Orta was quick for his shot pipe up now. Well after the injury he missed many crucial shots.

Secondly, your comment " Unlike you, I have been more realistic in balancing my criticism among players and coaching. " shows you lacking in courage. Any comment on coaching you have made has been so slight hiding constantly behind "We are St Peters" and we do squat for the coach and he has little responsibility in our record. I believe this is your term for realistic. Less you forget if he accomplishes three season of single digit wins, he would be the first in the NCAA era for the school. Now that could be very real and will await your apologetic reasoning for results. Now of course I expect us to do double digits, unlike you, and you will be spared the indignity of explaining away another bad season.

I also disagree on your Lampley and Leon comments. In fact your are clairvoyant with your statement "Your silly argument that we would have not lost any more games with Lampley makes little sense here. At least in Leon's case he is attempting to learn and grow into the position." Funny how you know that Lampley didn't want to learn the position given how little opportunity in comparison he was given and how in touch you are with Lampley's desires. Saying he sucks would be honored as an opinion but telling us what he wanted not to do is very shameful. I also disagree with your fellow expert that Lampley doesn't have a shot. He missed a lot, but also attempted to work for shots constantly trying to make things happen in the moribund offense we have been shown. Yes he was out of control but not helped. Leon on the other hand needs help to set up his shot. I always supported Leon and as you know I feel he was poorly used last season. Unlike you, I don't think ether player is bad, but feel they were poorly utilized. Its amazing how people forget how Lampley single-handily got us back into the Rider game at Rider.

Also I need to clarify something. You have very often DENIED being an insider and not privy to the workings at the practices. Yet you state "This was worked on and stressed in practices. " Even if you got it second hand it shows your are both devious and dishonest. I have seen enough and talked to many who also have and your picks and screens were not a major part of the offensive play. In fact, they looked more organized in the early part of the season to basically a disjointed group at the end. Throughout the season, deterioration was more evident than the teaching and learning you profess.

I have not backed down in your comment about freshman, but have no desire to waste time searching for a post last season that may have already been removed from the archives. In fact you have shown in your current post that you will mislead and misstate to fit your needs, so I have no desire to dig for dirt on you when you leave your dirt constantly as you explain away yourself.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- oltimer#1, Wednesday, September 03, 08:25:34pm [1]

Orta was shooting over 50% from the three for the first third of the season. One memorable performance was against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center where he buried several threes from the corner coming off screens and picks. Also hit the big game winner against Wagner, not to mention several others. He was a completely different player after the injury. Just wanted to clarify that point.

Also Lampley was no better and IMO probably worse at the point than Leon. Given that, I agree with Peacock and Sludge that neither was a true point but if I had a choice it would be Leon hands dowm. More scoring on many less attempts and an automatic from the foul line at games end. As far as assists/turnovers not much to choose from but the slight edge going to Leon.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- loyal, Wednesday, September 03, 11:14:48pm [1]

If we step back and think about it, neither Leon nor Lampley would get more than 5 mintues a half at the point for Siena, Niagara, Canisius, Fairfield, Loyola, Marist or Iona. Rider and Manhattan.....maybe, but no sure thing.
Is this the type of debate we are resigned to having?
I hope my fellow Peacock fans want much more.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- oldtimer#1, Wednesday, September 03, 11:38:14pm [1]


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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- Peacock, Thursday, September 04, 02:09:43pm [1]

Do you disagree that we don't want much more or that either Lampley or Leon would see more time on those teams. Most of you are faced with a dilemma. At least Loyal has a position. I feel the players are much better than the critics here while Loyal thinks they suck and with all due respect, I have not idea what you really think. I know Sludge thinks they suck, if you weed through his verbose commentary.

Bottom line, if we are only one player away from being very competitive, then you must think the players are more than capable of securing double digit wins. If you don't we are much more than one or two players away. In the end I could be wrong on the players or Loyal could be wrong, but you and Sludge seem to walk on this tightrope on the real problems that the last two seasons have shown us and looking at the composition of the team a potential problem that will be here for the next three season if it exists.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- oldtimer#1, Friday, September 05, 02:13:08am [1]

Peacock, I think both Leon and Lampley are better than Loyal gives them credit for. My short answer was just to respect Loyal's opinion but to disagree.

#1) Leon - an outstanding shooter and driver to the hoop. Finishes well and he makes his layups. One of the best foul shooters in the country. If he were 6'2" he would be outstanding. Think he still has that chance but if he eventually has play the #2 the open question is if he can he shoot the same (or defend against) taller opponents. Smart, tough player who seems to be respected by his fellow players.

#2) Lampley - obviously exciting but his problem last year was that he often played out of control (bad out of control, not good out of control). His detractors could say, with some justification, that he was a selfish player. His supporters will say he was the man in high school, so why shouldn't he be the man in D1. Major problem from my point of view was that he was a poor shooter which was compounded by the fact that he often took horrible shots. Actually, when he squared up and stopped taking those off balance heaves he was decent. Will never be the shooter that Jenkins and Leon are but has the potential to improve. No matter what, he will be a contributor but if his basketball IQ grows he still could be special.

By the way, and from observation only, JD was very supportive of him last year. Usually, giving him a pat on the back even in those games where he looked bad. Leon was equally supportive as I posted last year. Hope that spells out my thoughts on each player. Both are legit MAAC level players.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- oldtimer#1, Friday, September 05, 02:33:57am [1]

Peacock, just reread your post and I'll even go futher out on a limb. If we had Conley this year (and we don't) I would be hopeful of a very good season (over 12 wins and top tier MAAC). He an Bacon would be a wonderful combination around the rim. My problem this year, and I confess to usually being an optimist, is that there are too many question marks. As figgyprez says let's wait until the season to see how those question marks pan out.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- Peacock, Friday, September 05, 03:10:44pm [1]

I have a pretty good idea on how decent Conley could be. My point is if you are only one player away from being a competitive team, you should not be a poor team without him. You obviously feel we are one player away. Good coaches make adjustments and strategize around the deficiencies and while they still might not break five hundred they don't become single digit win teams. I have concluded that we are in the 10-14 win potential and failure will and should bring forth questions on the staff. You might not agree, but I would only ask how many single digit seasons in a row do you need to starting considering that issue. Remember three season of just sub 500 would set off even the most passive of fans in most schools.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: As usual you avoid an issue -- oldtimer#1, Friday, September 05, 06:10:24pm [1]

You have me pegged correctly. IMO, one impact player player away. If it's the right player (inside) who fills a gap then I would be quite optimistic. Where I differ from you is that I see too many unknowns at this point. Bacon's stamina etc., how much will Hill contribute, Hall's ability to play point early on, is Reid just a role player in his freshman year or will he be more than that, Leon's ability to provide scoring as an off guard when Hall is ready, Lampley getting it together, Shumate and Costner's contribution. I take Jenkins as a given but he's not going to play 40 minutes game in and game out. Then there is, of course, your point about the staff utilizing the players to their maximum. Often the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts and that's the job of the staff i.e. putting the pieces together.

As stated previously, I'm an optimist so I would hope for your goal of 12 wins or more but a lot has to go right for that to happen.Should be interesting.

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