I know some of you think Croshere is a good low post defender, but Cro is a defensive liability, as Rick mentions here.
Q. Not challenging your coaching decisions or anything, youíre a great coach, but what is with the sporadic playing time of Austin Croshere? It seems like every time he gets enough minutes to prove himself, he does. (From Brandon in Redondo Beach, CA)
A. Thereís no question Austin Croshere is a very good basketball player. There arenít many guys at 6-10 who can do the things he can do Ė shoot the ball from long range and medium range, put it on the floor, and he rebounds well. Unfortunately right now, our rotation is such that, with Al Harrington coming off the bench and playing some small forward and a lot of power forward, the minutes just arenít there for Austin the way they were back in 2000, when he was one of nine guys that played on a consistent basis. Basically, heís had to take on the role this year of being sometimes the ninth man, sometimes the 10th man and sometimes not playing, which is hard. But to his credit, he has maintained a high level of professionalism. Iíve been very forthright with him about the situation and letting him know how things are and how theyíre going to be. And Iíve encouraged him to stay ready.
The Detroit game was a good example of a guy keeping himself ready. Austin came in for short minutes and hit two 3-point shots, but we had to get him right out because of some defensive matchup situations. When you have a guy like Austin Croshere sitting over there who doesnít necessarily like not playing but is willing to be a part of a team and help a team play at a high level, youíre talking about a guy making a sacrifice for winning. And thatís what it has to be about if weíre going to win at a high level.