So JaVale McGee was benched for showboating with an off the backboard pass to himself that was finished off with a dunk.
Coach Saunders decided that substance over style is the way to go with his young Washington team… in which case I partially agree.
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I will say this, as a Guard, my pet peeve is when big guys fail to properly implement the pick and roll. McGee failed to properly implement the pick and roll within the first 2 minutes of Monday’s game… in-executable in my personal opinion. The pick and roll is quite possibly the easiest play to complete and one of the most effective, this is my personal opinion however, Stockton & Malone don’t lie…
Now, on the other hand… Washington is a young team and they aren’t exactly entering the new season with the best record. While this is something we are used to at this point, I do feel the fans should be able to enjoy the game at least a little bit, even when being slaughtered by the competition. Plays such as this are also considered moral boosters for the entire team and could have helped these younger guys to get a little more motivated on court.
All in all, highlights are great and entertaining but lacking basic fundamentals is something that should be a punishable offense. If I were the Coach, I would have benched McGee after he failed to properly complete a simple pick and roll… not let his fundamental-less (probably not a real word) play remain on-court for the next two quarters until he showed off a little for the fans… but that’s just me.
What do you guys think; anyone even watch the game? Share your thoughts below.