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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by alietigator, Jan 30, 2014.
I guess billy D was downplaying his skills a bit.
Thanks for sharing. Love this quote:
Will be there for the game, cant wait to see him check in and get his first big play whether a block or dunk.
Billy D is an exceedingly intelligent and experienced coach. He is going to give the opposition absolutely nothing they can hang this hat on with his words.
To me, however, it is quite clearly that he really likes Chris Walker due largely to the young man's personality. However, as was noted, injecting an inexperienced newbie into a team that has only recently attained any real degree of cohesion, due to the early injuries and suspensions, will be a real test of Billy D's coaching. If, however, when substituting for Young or Yeguete (or taking Yeguete's minutes at the 5), he can effectively wall off the basket against Randle and Polythreeeeeesssssss, now, that will prove useful.
All of this... all of this...
Is WHY college sports are all fantastic!
Give me college sports over the professional teams... any day!
At least, in college sports... there still is a level of innocence there.
There is also that quality of "newness" that exists when you got guys like Walker breaking into college sports.
You really don't find that in the NBA or the NFL. It's a business decision...signing bonuses...high end contracts.
In college...you are just a wide-eyed freshman just entering the Big Time...
It's the pagentry...the loyalty and the closeness that one feels to their school and perhaps... to their home state.
It's like Chris has looked forward to walking out on, "The Big Stage" all his life... and now his time has come.
I also think that if he really didn't believe Walker would be a solid contributor, there is no way he would come out and say he will definitely play. Especially this deep into the season. Very few people would be put into an established rotation this deep into a great season if the outcome wasn't positive. Great thing is that mizzou does not have a good front court at all. Its all their big guards and hopefully Walker will alter some of their guards close to the rim shots.
Agree with alot of this.
Especially vs. the NBA.
However, the NFL and MLB are unbelievable leagues, and there are endless heartfelt stories of minor leaguers breaking into the majors and getting that first at bat, or running out to their position for the first time.
That being said.....CWOK is IN!!!!!!!!
"Now checking in for the Gators, Chris Walker".....oh how I can wait to hear that.
already wanting to make the drive since Mizzou one of the two best home games left IMO, now I really want to go.
Unfortunately the Mizzou game is a 9 Oclock midweek game. Highly doubt it will be a sell out.
You know there are going to be times he is a bit lost but don't you just love to read stuff like this when it is coming from one of our own:
They have been releasing a ton of midweek tickets to the students in this type of situation. Huge reason why the O'dome has been looking so full lately.
Think it would have been better for his first game to be on the road.
Care to explain why? Because that seems counter-intuitive in just about every way.
The scene in Gainesville Tuesday will be a zoo. Expectations thru the roof. A national championship for sure. It just would have been nice for him to play some at Moo U to get the jitters out. That is all.
Ok, I see how you could think that, it makes sense, but I also think an 18 year old will be a lot more comfortable at home, having slept in his own bed the night before, walking through his own team's locker room in pregame, with all the support of the crowd wishing him well, as opposed to a hostile arena in a pretty horrible little corner of our country (Starkville is an exceedingly lame place, and it sucks). The expectations, warranted or not, would be there no matter where his first game would be played.
I don't think there was much of a chance Billy was going to let him debut anywhere but in the O'Dome .
Walker is going to struggle at times, but as Harry's post suggests, even a few stints per game with his length and athleticism protecting the rim or running pick and rolls will be huge. I would not be surprised to see Donovan given him some very early minutes against Mizzou, if only to get the butterflies out and play him with the first unit guards the first him he gets on the floor. Then maybe take him out at the under 16, let him sit for a few minutes, then go back around the midway point of the second half against Mizzou's reserve bigs. We will ease him in slowly the first week or so. I wouldn't expect more than 10-12 minute (a couple of short stints, maybe a longer one in the first half). But the goal is to have him up to speed by March, not only taking Kurtz's minutes as the fourth big, but also the emergency minutes you need in the event of foul trouble.
All I read is three straight possessions he altered shots...all I needed to know.
I will be there too..and you will hear me when this man dunks it or blocks a shot into the stands...well...you probably won't but I will certainly make an effort to be heard
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