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UM, Green Bay and Chicago teams all have one thing in common: They all suck
+1 on the bump. A lot of people took some gas in this thread, but everyone seemed to have a similar point of view. We are all empathetic to his struggles and hope he recovers in all facets to be a key contributing, 3 pt assassin in the future.
It's up to him. Being discouraged is understandable but he looked like a player tonite. He will just have to work his way back. Injuries like that take a toll on you. You get out of shape, lose your muscle memory and some guys worry that they will be hurt again. He is only 20.
Let's hope for the best for him!
still needs to learn how to play defense, but the kid puts on a shooting clinic in warm ups every game. here's to the future!
Feel for the kid. Anyone would be frustrated with those injury setbacks. He has three more years. He will be fine. If his foot holds up he will be a great Spartan 3 point artist. Awesome to see him knock some down tonight.
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Uhhh You drunk?
Summers - 6'-5" 205
Thornton - 6'-5" 205
Byrd- 6'-7" 205
I think he was referring to Harris playing at the 3.
Jun 27, 2011
Harris' measurements: 6-foot-6, 198 pounds and a 6-7 wingspan
Nike released the rosters for the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, going on right now in Chicago, and Gary Harris was among the high school guys on the team. But so was Christian Watford. The Indiana junior was among 18 wings invited to be a part of the three-day camp, which leads into the LeBron James Skills Academy next month in Akron, Ohio.
Draymond Green, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson are the only players to have two triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament.
yes he was. reading comprehension FAIL on snowy spartan's part
We are the SPARTANS and They are NOT!!! [spartan 2]
Nice to see him knock down a couple shots tonight. Hopefully we see some more positives out of him in the near future.
If he can improve his defense he could Play more right now especially when teams hey are playing against go into a zone.
Right now though I think he struggles wih lateral quickness on D similar to gauna.
Next year there will be more PT available with green, Thornton, and wood all gone.
He should get more pt because they will need shooters. All three of the guys graduating are MSUs best spot up shooters.
If he can Play d he could be very good.
I going to assume Nix will lose more weight and replace Day Day. When Valentine is in he will be a point forward/off guard.
Nix will never play the 4, let alone start there.
The frustrations are still very evident. His physical issues are almost entirely resolved, but the confidence issues are obviously still there.
When ya gotta shoot, shoot. Don't think.
Go back and look at the shots he's hit this season. Catch Shoot. You can see the moment in his mind where he thinks.
I wonder if we couldnt run him off some screens and tell him that if he doesn't shoot the ball, he is benched. Your thought process is "Catch, Shoot, GO!"
At this point, I feel like he can still give us "Mike Chappelle minutes". Chappelle struggled with his shot for a while, but came up HUGE in the national championship game.
I haven't given up on Byrd, but I think he needs to have a conversation with someone who has been through what he is going through. Coaches, players, there is really nobody around who can appreciate it... Perhaps if Chappelle is playing in the alumni game, he can have a heart to heart with Byrd. Would be another case of Alumni giving back.
Exactly. In the "Big Ten Elite" episode on the 2000 team, Chappell said something like, "The toughest position on a team is being 'the shooter.' If you miss a few, you get down on yourself and everyone gets down on you." I think that's what is going on with Byrd right now. I think Byrd just needs to remember that it'll come back as long as he keeps working hard.
You are pretty good at what you do...
Stopped reading right there.
Dude.... Do you remember? I have seen you play.
WTF? As a fellow shooter?
This team needs more three point shooters (other than Appling, Harris and Trice) and if Byrd starts hitting them consistently, he will find the minutes--this season or next season.
3 years is a long time for a player to change perceptions. I still think he can be a great weapon eventually. IMO, he is realistically going to need another full Summer of conditioning and shooting before he gains his confidence back by next season.
There is still a chance for Byrd.
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
- Kurt Vonnegut
Yep. and every account from everyone who has seen him in practice says the same thing: he looks great and simply doesn't miss. So the shot is there, it's the confidence that's missing. he has to get his head right and that will come with time and experience. Diebler is again a perfect example. Kid shot like shit as a freshman - which is essentially what Byrd is at this point in terms of experience. I think he'll struggle but slowly get a bit better this year, will be a good contributor next year, and his senior year will be lights out.
Everyone expects these kids to come in and play like seniors from day one. it just doesn't work like that. it is the exceptional kid that can do what, say, Gary Harris is doing right now. the VAST majority need time and experience to bring their game up to this level and be able to do it consistently. People telling this guy he sucks need to get a fucking life. he's gone through three surgeries and basically missed two years of basketball. I expect it'll take him another year to fully trust his own body again and be able to do what we can say is so easy: don't think, shoot. But if it was that easy, everyone would do it.
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