Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:27 am

Pete "Coachie" Carill back on the scene

While watching Sacramento triumph over Dallas, I saw "Coachie" is the sidelines. Who is Coachie? He is Pete Carill, the 78 year old legendary Princeton coach that gave "Princeton Offense" it's name. He taught Eddie Jordan how to successfully coach a Princeton-style offense, who later taught it to Byron Scott, who used that offense to help carry the New Jersey Nets to the Finals, and he also helped Rick Adelman implement the system that exacerbated the early 2000's Kings' strengths to levels never achieved before. Now the importance of having Coachie on the sidelines is because he is not only a mastermind, but he is also great at developing youth, especially big men. He helped develop Hedo Turkoglu when he first came to the league, he developed Kevin Martin to become the player he is today, as well as helping refine many players on the teams he helped coach.

The importance of Coachie was felt the other day against the Mavericks, as the Kings' offfense was much more efficient than before, based more on cuts, sharing the ball, and just basic basketball in general, like it was when he was here before. I look for Pete Carill to help Spencer Hawes, Donte Greene, Bobby Brown, and Jason Thompson to become smarter and more fundamentally sound players, and I also look for him again teach the NBA why sharing the ball and offensive systems make the difference.

Posted on: October 18, 2008 12:21 pm

NBA Boards Tourney Team: San Diego Squarepants

STARTERS: PG-Tony Parker: Parker is a player who can penetrate and score in the paint with the best of them. He's won a Finals MVP, and his unparalleled speed makes him a tough player to guard in general. He is also a pretty good play maker. SG-Brandon Roy: He's tough, fast, versatile, and what I like about his game is that he isn't very showy. He can definitely score, pass, dribble, play defense, grab boards, and pretty much do anything asked of him. He was picked to be a great back court combo with Parker. SF-Rudy Gay: Running the break and jamming it home nicely is one of the things he does best, but he can also shoot and grab boards. He fits into SDS's plan nicely, and most importantly he's underrated. Put him on a bigger team, and everyone will know about his flashy dunks, not just serious NBA/Grizzlies fans. PF-Kevin Garnett: "The Big Ticket" applies to him on this team as he's the marquee player here. Another versatile player on this team, he is the master of the pick-and-pop, a good shooter, and still a great post presence on both sides of the court. KG brings the veteran leadership needed to this rather young team. C-Ben Wallace: He's been on the decline for a while, but he's still a capable shot blocker and rebounder who can still play defense with the best of them. BENCH: PG-Antonio Daniels: He was a player who I picked at the end of the draft after I was tipped off that he was still available. A perfect sixth man who, like most of the team, can do a little of everything to help his team win. Part of reason I got him, however, was for the veteran leadership. SG-Jason Terry: Still a deadly scorer off the bench for this team as he can put up numbers quickly. Again he's a player who can do more than one thing, and in this case he can score, dribble, pass, and even play decent defense. SF-Francisco Garcia: Not many people like his new contract, but I think it's a steal for what he brings every night. Garcia plays with heart, but he is a rather clutch three-point shooter who has gotten the Kings many wins from his clutch shots. He can also willing defend four positions(whether he should be there or not), play three positions, and do the passing, ball-handling, and defense that comes with his versatility. He also can get along with anyone and everyone on his team. Great leader. PF-Al Horford: A young, athletic player who can run the break, grab boards, and shoot the j. He often sacrifices his body on both sides of the ball and his refined game is a good fit here. C-Brad Miller: Miller is probably the best passing center in the league. He redeemed himself last season with some newfound athleticism, but he still has his jumper and he can grab boards(see 10 rebounds a game last season). He fits my system really well. Well that pretty much sums up San Diego Squarepants. Thoughts on this? Comment!

Posted on: September 22, 2008 9:48 pm

Here's to Shareef Abdur-Rahim

The news is that Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim has retired because he believes that his arthritic knees won't be able to hold up, which is true. However, he's so much more than the knees that have hurt him for most of his career. He was a great low-post scorer who just got thrown into one bad situation after another. SAR was truly a class act in my opinion, I remember him coming game in and game out playing his hardest for his teams. I remember him on the Kings with his jaw wired shut(he could only drink shakes), and yet he somehow argued and got a technical. That was how much he cared.


Posted on: September 17, 2008 7:45 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 11:22 am

You'll love this bet I made...

To SpecKeta..

If Kevin Martin scores more than 26 points per game for the season, then SpecKeta has to wear an avatar of my choice for two weeks, and vice-versa if I lose(no gross pictures).

If you wanna tell me how I'm gonna lose, go ahead.. I'll try to prove my point.

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