Sunday, January 15, 2012

James Robinson interview and Adams' first game at ND Prep

James Robinson interview

Steven Adams' first game at ND Prep, against top junior Nerlens Noel. Adams badly outplayed him.

Adams vs. Noel

17 comments:

  1. Adams had 23 and 10 with a few blocks and assists. Noel had like 12 and 4 or something like that

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  2. He has some good touch on his jumpers and looked like he played good d. Needs to get a bit bigger and more physical, but that will come with growing up and getting older.

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  3. Who needs to get bigger and stronger? Robinson? He is already 6'3" and plays like a linebacker.

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  4. Adams is already better than Taylor or Zanna by a wide margin. The kid has nice offensive moves but could get a little aggressive on defense and then he would dominate. Looking forward to next yr.

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  5. Chris, i think he meant adams. Adams looks strong but being extremely physical just isnt his game even though hes 7' and rebounds extremely well

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  6. I am wondering if Pitt can pick anyone up next year for Birch and who is out there. Adam's has nice touch on his shot and does a nice job creating space for his shots, something Dante has never learned. Robinson brings back that tuffness that Pitt has seemed to lost in some of their most recent recruits. I was pleasently surprissed with Epps in his dist. of the ball, but I am hoping his shot is just his lack of confidence he has in himself right now. Either way, I do not think he is going to be "that one and done" player he called himself as a sr. in highschool.

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  7. Chris, are there any good basketball recruits left on the table for Pitt in 2012? I believe pf jakarr Sampson and sf savon goodman have interest in Pitt but I'm not sure.

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  8. Adams has a nice shooting touch. Jamie can work on his aggressiveness and toughness. Hope he keeps up on his school work which I understand may be a concern.

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  9. Chances are very slim on Pitt landing Sampson or Goodman. Hopefully a kid emerges in the spring when there are coaching changes. I think a rebounder or a two guard who can defend from the JUCO ranks would be a great addition.

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  10. Pitt isn't even really going after Sampson much. Goodman is a different story.

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  11. Chris, differentvstory as in pitts going after him hard?

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    1. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/01/16/khem-birch-addresses-his-departure-from-pitt/

      Link to Birch's interview where he discusses leaving Pitt.

      Chris how much of this do you think is attributable to the fact that Birch is by all accounts immature and somewhat of a baby and how much to the problems in the locker room that seem to be evident in the way Pitt is playing?

      Either way I think if you leave somewhere you don't go blast it in an interview like this. You say it wasn't for me. Kid needs to grow up.

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  12. It starts with the parents, if that was my kid and ended up in this situation I would make sure he knows how to handle it. As a parent I would have said just say that I made a mistake and Pitt just wasnt the right place for me but I have alot of respect for coach Dixon and thank him for the opportunity. I think he owes that to Dixon because Dixon never bad mouthed the kid about anything. But that is how it is nowadays, no respect for anything or anyone.

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  13. He did say that...that was almost verbatim his press release upon touching ground in Canada. I'm not defending the kid but he was trashed by his former team. They called him "soft", a "loner" and that he "couldn't handle the physical practices". Zanna said he cried. I'd get a couple shots in too if I was 17 years old.

    It's done with and time to move one. Pitt has a great recruiting class coming in next year and, hopefully, will mature as a team.

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  14. Really because I never saw that press release. I didn't hear the interview from today. Next years recruiting class is good but it's only two players. This current group is soft defensively and at rebounding. It seems to be very clicky and has no leadership. Gibbs is the prime culprit for no leadership, he plays with no enthusiasm and doesn't lead on the court. JJ Moore needs to start in front of Patterson and Johnson needs more time. Sit Wright and send him packing at end of year to open up a scholarship, he shoots like an 8th grader. When I was at a few games I saw Birch running the court wide open down the lane and Woodall not give him the ball. Funny because Woodall and Taylor are roomies so quite possibly they were not giving Birch the ball. Also there were times when he was wide open in the post and never saw the ball. Could there have been a conspiracy to keep Birch from doing well so their good ol' buddy Taylor would still play. I think so. This teams was worried about everything other winning because they thought wins came automatically. They thought wrong.

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  15. In the interview, he said he had a good relationship with Taylor. The interviewer baited him with questions and even answered some of his own questions. I wouldn't take anything from it. He didn't say anything worst that what his old teammates said of him. He complimented Dixon, said he only had a relationship with two players and was indifferent towards the others. The interviewer goaded him into saying that others were jealous of him. He did go back to it on his own but didn't call anyone out and refused to when asked. He said he wanted to play more up tempo and never mentioned playing PF vs. Center. Ultimately, it came down to fit. The interview is getting way more hype than it should.

    This is his official statement confirming he left Pitt. "I'm headed to Toronto now. I enjoyed my time at Pittsburgh, I love Coach (Jamie) Dixon, had no problems with the staff and the players. It just wasn't the right fit for me."

    Now, time to move on.

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