In the NO Podcast Episode 157: Revising expectations – and Please, Monty some threes!

Published: November 10, 2013

Michael and I talk Pelicans Basketball as Michael revises his expectations for this season downward, I try to argue for more optimism and then I take my turn ranting about the lack of three point attempts. We do spend some time glorying in Anthony Davis’s amazing ability – and a lot of time being down on Tyreke Evans.

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  1. soulbreaker

    November 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    in this case i agree 100000% with Ryan, i see the talent, i saw the preseason how they could work(sure with a grain of salt) the potential is there and the defense is getting better every game, but the O is like my worst nightmare, MM says he can’t imagine how this team could shoot 3s, well u need a post player like he says or u need drives to the rim and in both cases A LOT of movement and passing lanes, but Gordon has tunnel vission driving and holiday… just not drive at all, and w/o cutting this is the O we see now, no more than 2 or 3 passes per play and 0 3s, if monty want to change this(i hope) he could watch denver last year who is the team more close in type of players to this, can see Minny w/o rubio and Love and yet taking great shots even if they couldn’t made it, or just like this suns or lakers, and if Monty doesn’t like that well try with a new O assistant or a new coach entirely is not the end of the world.
    Btw oh my Amin was scarely right in target a/b Monty, all of the things he said in your podcast about him has matched perfectly with what is happening

  2. GerryV

    November 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Wow! LOW HOOP IQ? Until the players learn to flow, which will evolve when they simple play and stop trying to run a set play to its fullest… As of now they’re not quickly taking advantage of a broken play opportunity…. Let the play die and play… IT’S ABOUT JELLING…. Some are playing Jazz and other rock and roll…. That’s on the offensive side….comments on defense later….

  3. GerryV

    November 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    You can run a sideline break also…. A- take it to deep wing and ball swing… B – drive from the angles- c- swing it weakside……. Or into early,offense P&R…. Pitch ahead to corner for 3 ball… Fast breaks can be run in the middle,or at time the sideline…. Makes the defense flow ball side and open to swing play… I need a sandwich

  4. dxxpxx

    November 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Davis seems better suited to add 3’s to his game than Smith. The mechanics on Smith’s jumper looks like he’d leave it a little short most times while Davis seems like he wouldn’t have that problem. he’d just have to worry about accuracy

  5. Michael McNamara

    November 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    GerryV In a league where there are 450 players – 200+ will have below average bball IQ because it is relative to the guys they are playing against. Yes, the IQ’s of some of our key pieces are low when put in that context. You say it yourself, they have to LEARN to do certain things. I agree. A lot of things to learn. The bball IQ of the three primary guards is not where it needs to be to overcome their lack of time spent together, You put Garnett, Pierce, and Allen together and they figure it out right away. High IQ. These guys arent on that level, or close to it when it comes to understanding the game. Not an insult, just reality. I doubt KG, Allen, and Pierce would have instantly figured things out if they came together at 23 years old.

  6. GerryV

    November 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Michael McNamara GerryV u didn’t like the sideline break…at times it works….i see discomfort with their decisions  because of their not knowing if they should pass or shoot….Garnett didn’t  figure it out right away and i covered him for years…..i think the issue is more related to three guards who have the same needs…the ball….team needs to run more….unleash the hounds!

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