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The KU and a little UT highlight:
After that I’ve got my visits to Kansas and Texas in February so I know those will be ridiculous too.
You wouldn’t expect Kansas to be a live place to be, but I’m telling you, the Kansas fans are crazy! I cannot wait to get down there for that visit. I know it’s gonna be crazy.
Then with Texas, that’s home and I’ve been there the most. People forget just a few years ago they were the No. 1 team in the country. They’re just young, but I know that’s a place that I could go and make a run at a national title. Just seeing the impact that (Kevin) Durant had is big for me.
Then Coach (Bill) Self is one of the coolest guys I’ve talked to off the court. I love talking to him.
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Didn't Kevin Durant (and Julius Randle you are a player but you are no Kevin Durant) "impact" UT all the way to like the second round of the tourney and 3rd in the Big XII? If that does not say a lot about Barnes I don't know what will.
The team had
Durant (2nd overall pick)
Augustine (9th overall pick)
James (24th overall pick)
AJ Abrams (Big XII leading 3 point maker)
Dexter Pittman (Noted Fatass)
Conner Atchley (Who had wonderful hair)
Durant was, and I don't say this lightly, the greatest scorer the NCAA has seen in my remembered lifetime. The guy was a freak. Yes that team was young but common Rick Barnes. You had two workable big men in James and Atchley. Had you gotten Dexter's fatass in shape you would have had another. You had a lottery pick PG, the worlds second greatest active basketball player in Durant and a lights out 3 point shooter in Abrams. That team is not even really the best case against Barnes but man alive has that guy pissed away a bunch of talent.
The line that really jumped out for me was, "You wouldn’t expect Kansas to be a live place to be." That he feels the need to defend considering Kansas with a line like that really reminds me of the perception issue our coaches have to deal with.
He should watch the '07 B12 championship game. Barnes was simply out-coached after one of the most dominant displays (by Durant) I've ever seen, allowing the biggest comeback in KU history. KU had come back to beat UT just one week earlier after being down by 16.
No two ways around it - black and white obvious to anybody watching that tape. Durant was on fire but Barnes was a wet towel.
I agree that Texas should have made it at least to the Sweet 16 that season. I also agree that I wish Texas had used Kevin more and ran more specials for him...could never figure out why you wouldn't run as many specials as possible for the greatest scorer I've seen in college basketball. I also agree that Texas let one slip away when Kansas made their big comeback in the conference tournament. That would have given Texas a 3 seed and they would have had a Sweet 16 in San Antonio that year I believe.
While there was a lot of talent on that team it did have a rotation of four freshman and two sophomores...they were paper thin that year. Also, while you state that Damion was picked 24th overall, that was after his senior season...he was nowhere close to that level as a freshman. While DJ would have been a late first round pick as a freshman (and the staff thought he could possibly leave) he was not a lottery pick that year. DJ was really worn down by the end of the season and played very poorly in the NCAA Tournament. USC did a very nice job of not letting DJ get to the middle of the floor on the pick and roll and they mixed in some junk defense as well.
Again, while I know the roster had a lot of talent, it's really unfair to look at where those guys ended up as players and as draft picks. Look at where they were that season. It would be like looking back at Cole's senior season and throwing Thomas Robinson into the mix, when he wasn't a factor that season.
No, it is not unfair at all. It is the job of a coach to craft a team each year and it is damn well the job of a coach to seize on a guy like Kevin Durant, know what they have and either coach up or put in place a roster and system that can leverage that talent into success. The whole point of pointing out where they were draft is that those kids had talent.
And if one wants to look at Barnes you can look back and say the 2006 Texas team that was a very veteran squad that tied for the conference championship with a Kansas team that had as its top 3 players freshman and its next set of players sophomores and managed to tie Barnes with Christian Moody and Jeff Hawkins being the only guys who had had any experience playing in anything that mattered before that year.
Barnes badly needs to pickup his coaching.
Dave Telep just said KU is "in the drivers seat", for Randle according to his sources.
I really hope so. I think we can find out way at PG next year by having enough strong ball handlers (even if none are true PG's) but we need a difference maker in the post who can catch and score or we are going to be a very streaky team next season.
I know we'll never find out, but I'd love to know who the sources are on this. I really hope it's true because we are in BIG TIME need of a source of offense in the post next year. We'd be really young, but we'd have all kinds of options all over the court next year if we land Randle.
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