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I'm usually not a fan of bringing team issues here but it seems the best way to get my point across, so here goes....
First off, I want to thank everyone for their obvious collective effort to drag us out of the cellar. There isn't a person on this team that hasn't improved significantly since this season started.
That said, now that we've ranked up so has our competition, and we need to shore some things up.
First off, everyone will have a set position on the floor from now on (guard, wing, post), and we're all going to stay there. If you get stuck with a player you don't like, you're free to use a reserve. Everyone has to be at a spot on the floor where they can maximize what they do best.
Secondly, we're going to gameplan every match we play from now on. Nothing elaborate, but everyone playing will have a specific job on offense and defense, unique to that particular game. This way there's no confusion or miscommunication. I'd like everyone to have a voice in making them.\
I should be around tonight after the game for anyone interested in playing some matches.
Secondly, we're going to gameplan every match we play from now on. I'd like everyone to have a voice in making them.
Lets start with no reaching in on defense. I can understand 1 or 2 fouls by trying for the steal, but after a while enough is enough.
Secondly, we cant do a high post pick and roll every time down the court. We have to mix it up.
Third, a game plan is fine but you have to play to people strengths. For example Im not a catch and shoot type of player. I much prefer to pump and drive iso type play. Typically, but not always if I get stopped on the way to the basket. Ill look for an open big man.
Fourth, we cant have our point guard no matter who it is taking the majority of the shots. I mean sure if your hitting and shooting 60%+ go right ahead. When you have two big men shooting 90% with a combined shot total of 7 or 8. Thats an issue.
I have no issue with positions being set. Just remember, you cant be PG 9 games in a row then we we get the Heat decide to be a SF. With that said I agree with you.
I prefer to be a Forward. More times than not SF, but on occasion PF.
Ill be on before, after, and maybe during the game tonight.
Set positions are fine with me, which is obviously easy for me to say since I've pretty much cemented myself as a center anymore, and I feel like when I'm having a good game I really help the team at that spot.
If Murph and Greenway both want to be SF, how can we resolve this when both are playing at the same time? Does one of you like PF more than the other? I assumed Greenway did, but then again I assumed he liked being the 4 more than a 3, so I really don't know. I also agree that when we're Miami, the PG should still play the PG, not the SF.
The idea of more of a set game plan really concerns me. The REASON for WANTING one makes total sense, but our team is made up of people who all have different points of view when it comes to how to play basketball and how we want to play in 2K. We all have some overlap with each other, which is what makes it somewhat work, but I really fear that the more we try to button this down, the more the differences between us will be highlighted and cause us to start fighting one another and frustrate each other. This is a serious issue waiting to happen.
I'd suggest two broader things here:
1) We propose more set philosophies rather than more specific strategies.
2) We establish, player by player, what we feel our best X/O situation is, and work from there in determining a gameplan (such as running isos for Greenway if that's his best move as a wing, where we all go weakside and space while he does his thing)
Regarding philosophy, I'm thinking:
Offensively, to me that means not forcing jump shots when it's very early or when it's a contested shot, looking a little more at chaining together 2-3 easy passes (usually reversing the ball in the process to the other side of the court) instead of always looking for an assist (I'm as guilty as anyone of doing this).
Defensively, to me that means making priority #1 stopping our man from getting in front of our underneath the hoop (OFF BALL as well as on ball). I'm not a big fan of reaching a lot, leaving my man off ball a lot (though I will in bursts to mix it up or I sense a weak player who will fall for it). It's frustrating to try to keep a big man in position to have to score over me when I have other players cutting uncontested towards the hoop, where a pass will give them a great look from short range if I don't leave my own guy to try to help (and if they know I'm going to do that, they can feed my guy or if they miss my guy has an easy rebound). On the perimeter, my personal preference is to force them one way as much as possible (their weak hand), and if in doubt, give up the jumper rather than the dribble penetration.
I'll be at the game tonight, and I won't be eating until after the game, so I probably won't be home until 1130 or midnight. But I can see if you guys are playing around then and play 1-2 games.