Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The (Second) Sixty Four Thousand Dollar Question

I suppose the first $64,000 question involves whether CMG really has seen the light and will stick to this "new" way of playing and coaching the game. Will basketball fundamentals, devensive play, and a premium on effort really become trademarks of CMG teams. Most of us who have been around for a while really hope so, but because we have been around for a time we are reserving judgment to see how the team really performs. I say again that I am more than willing to tank one season in return for the prospect that future teams will be fundamentally sound, physically conditioned, know how to play defense, and exhibit effort and heart.

The answer to the first question probably will resolve the second one, but here it is anyway: Will this season's team play up or down to its competition like CMG teams have done virtually every year during his tenure. How many years have we seen our teams play lights out against their biggest rivals and best teams in the conference and nation only to play poorly (and too frequently lose) to teams that did not have the talent to stay on the court with them.

I am cautiously optimistic about this year's team. I really hope things change. CMG is a good person, a good mentor for our players, and he can be a very good coach. Let's hope this is the season when he finally starts to put it all together.

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