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    Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Good stuff from Fred Hoiberg and JVB on DG's game.

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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Jedi Master Fred......."“The big thing is confidence,” Hoiberg said. “I walked up to him and said, ‘hey man, you have to shoot that thing with confidence.’ He had been shooting the heck out of it in practice and great all year. I said ‘step up and shoot it like you mean it. Trust it.’ He did. He continued on and hit some huge ones for us.”"

    That is awesome.



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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Great insight. You know, amidst all that this program has been through in the last 4 years, DG has been a great Cyclone. He's had his detractors, but you can't question the fact that he bleeds Cardinal and Gold. He's been knocked for any number of reasons, but no one can ever say that he didn't give his best effort, or that he took a night off. He's going to be missed, next year.


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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Jedi Master Fred......."The big thing is confidence, Hoiberg said. I walked up to him and said, hey man, you have to shoot that thing with confidence. He had been shooting the heck out of it in practice and great all year. I said step up and shoot it like you mean it. Trust it. He did. He continued on and hit some huge ones for us."

    That is awesome.
    To use another thread's title, "I would play for this man, and I would send any sons I had to play for him."

    The man understands the importance of his players knowing that he respects them and trusts them to do what they're taught. The level of respect he shows these guys (while maintaining some pretty high expectations) is incredible, and that's why they have the confidence they show right now.

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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    I agree. DG takes more heat than anyone in a while, and I've never quite figured it out. Maybe it's because he can absolutely wow you at times, while going cold at others? Yesterday he did a killer jump-stop spin move on the side of the basket that made the defender fall down (it was one of those you'd want to see a replay on just to see exactly he did). Unfortunately he missed the shot, or the crowd would have gone nuts.



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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    To use another thread's title, "I would play for this man, and I would send any sons I had to play for him."

    The man understands the importance of his players knowing that he respects them and trusts them to do what they're taught. The level of respect he shows these guys (while maintaining some pretty high expectations) is incredible, and that's why they have the confidence they show right now.

    Freddieball rules.
    I think you hit the nail on the head. Watching the way he interacts with the players, or the way he speaks to them in the press conferences, you get the sense that respect and trust play a huge role in how Fred coaches. And I think that might be sort of the NBA mentality that he's talked about before. I think it's obvious that players respond well to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    I think you hit the nail on the head. Watching the way he interacts with the players, or the way he speaks to them in the press conferences, you get the sense that respect and trust play a huge role in how Fred coaches. And I think that might be sort of the NBA mentality that he's talked about before. I think it's obvious that players respond well to it.
    I actually stole it from a video I watched, and it became something that I look at.

    BTW, the fact that he speaks to them during press conferences instead of staring at the stat sheet...... There's just no way that these guys are walking away feeling like Fred is detached from them. They just have to know that they matter to him personally.

    Seeing the "scout team" jump around cheering for their teammates and storm the floor yesterday is another indication of that. Those guys aren't out there, but they know they're part of the team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I actually stole it from a video I watched, and it became something that I look at.

    BTW, the fact that he speaks to them during press conferences instead of staring at the stat sheet...... There's just no way that these guys are walking away feeling like Fred is detached from them. They just have to know that they matter to him personally.

    Seeing the "scout team" jump around cheering for their teammates and storm the floor yesterday is another indication of that. Those guys aren't out there, but they know they're part of the team.
    My seats were close to that of where the "scout team" was sitting and throughout the game they were standing up and raising their arms trying to get the crowd involved. They seem to have a bond with the guys even though they can't play. And when JVB hit that shot at the end they all jumped out of their seats really fast and literally hurled themselves down onto the floor with the players.



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    Quote Originally Posted by agardini View Post
    My seats were close to that of where the "scout team" was sitting and throughout the game they were standing up and raising their arms trying to get the crowd involved. They seem to have a bond with the guys even though they can't play. And when JVB hit that shot at the end they all jumped out of their seats really fast and literally hurled themselves down onto the floor with the players.
    I know. It's awesome.

    If they maintain that chemistry when they're playing, and I believe right now that they will, then we may be more of a monster than we expected to be.


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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    I can't even count how many people have texted/emailed/called me about the scout team's performance as cheerleaders yesterday. That is awesome to hear.



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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    Quote Originally Posted by agardini View Post
    My seats were close to that of where the "scout team" was sitting and throughout the game they were standing up and raising their arms trying to get the crowd involved. They seem to have a bond with the guys even though they can't play. And when JVB hit that shot at the end they all jumped out of their seats really fast and literally hurled themselves down onto the floor with the players.
    Sort of related: Does the scout team not travel with the rest of the team? When were driving away from the arena we saw the scout guys walking out to the parking lot with the rest of the paying crowd. I joked with my buddy that they must have piled in Royce White's car and drove down together. If there is any truth to that at all, it would say a lot of good things about how that team is bonding.



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    Re: Basketball Blog: DG's Team

    I think GMac had hired Grayer to Coach the shooters, as that was a weakness. It thought he did a good job with Jiri and Hamilton. Having a former player and especially a shooter for a Coach who understand the mentality that a shooter has to have at the highest level is invaluable. Also, it seems like game management is as good or better under Fred.


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