CONCERNED FANS FOR
October 8, 2006
STYLE OF PLAY
STYLE OF PLAY
When UK hired Coach Smith, he promised to continue the pressing, up-tempo style of his predecessor. With the arrival of each new season, Coach Smith has told the fans, and the players, that the upcoming season will provide faster tempo, and more pressing. The data tell a different story and show the program slipping from the premier status established during the 90s. Consider these facts about UK 's game since Coach Smith arrived at UK :
Brandan Wright said he chose UNC over UK because of UNC's up-tempo pace. “Recruiting woes are only the by-product of UK 's inability to reach championship status, not the cause. UK 's 'style of play' is the chief underlying cause of why recruiting is down. Players (and fans) who grew up watching UK's intense full and half-court pressure, followed by an equally intense fast break, do not want to play for [a] team bent on half-court offense 100 percent of the time. … Kentucky 's current philosophy seems more 'play not to lose.' rather than 'let's get 'em.' If you take a thoroughbred and train it [to] slow down … what you get … [is] a good horse that loses. Don't blame the horse.”
These style of play issues have produced a ripple effect throughout the program's recruiting, player retention, and national competitiveness.
FOOTNOTES PART II:
In eight years, Coach Pitino's teams averaged over 87 points per game.
http://blog.kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=46 , See also http://www.jacksonsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=
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