Holy overreaction everyone.
I realise that a lot of you hate our coach and just want to find something to complain about but WOW that's really digging. Have you never heard of struggling teams doing things like this before or is it that you just don't follow and understand sports?
Maybe everyone's right though. Mac should probably sit back and just let everything continue on the way its going. Not addressing issues is usually the best way.
It's PAINFULLY obvious by reading the responses in this thread that you folks have no clue. I'm not going to lecture, but what GMac did was EXACTLY what the team and coaches needed. This coming from someone who used to work with juvenile delinquents and used these same practices. The idea behind it isn't to have a crying session, rather come together and really let everyone have their chance to let out their frustrations and to figure out misunderstandings.
This probably still doesn't seem acceptable to most of you, but until you've actually seen this large group 'therapy' in action and what it can/will do in the long run, you'll continue to sit back and criticize. That's fine because you have no bearing on what this team does, but before you continue to throw GMac under the bus, try and actually understand the process.
I personally like the fact he held a meeting so everyone can air out their concerns. Communication is key and it will help them understand each other on and off the court.
Gmac is a BIG fan of the book "How Full is Your Bucket?", which is about positive psychology and kindness. The main concept is that we all have a bucket within us than needs to be "filled" with recognition and praise. And if we're negative towards others, it's as if we're using a dipper to take from the bucket, and we diminish their postive outlook.
He talks about "filling the bucket" of his team all the time...
I have supported GMac since his hire and will continue to support him - I want him to win more than ever because he is a good man and a good example for young men.
Its something that needed to be done and I'm glad it happened. I would have loved to been a fly on the wall. I wonder who has issues? It seems that they all know there roles on the offensive end but defensively and on the boards are still not on par.
Am I the only one that read this and was somewhat encouraged? Maybe I am just not as mentally tough as some of you:wink: But Good Lord, can GMAC do anything right? He
saw an issue with the state of HIS team and addressed it, and some of you are upset?
I honestly don't understand some of you. All the GMAC haters complaining about the offense, did you notice that when Craig decides to take over the game (which he can do whenever he wants, not just Iowa) the offense runs better. Craig is the leader on the court and the rest of the team and offensive production reflects that. When Craig demands the ball whether he takes the shot or not it makes everyone on the floor better.
PS Sorry if Larry E would have thought this message was too nice for CF!
There is a reason that there is a profession called sports psychology. The dymanic of the team and the relations of the players to each other can relate directly to the team play on the court. I get that the naysayers in this thread either want to bag on GMac or act like they're all "internet tough," but it's really foolish to think that somehow dynamic and momentum aren't important to college sports. We are the team that touted Hilton Magic as the sixth player on the floor, people complain about the crowd's attitude hurting the team - and somehow they don't think that the players' attitudes are important, too? :no:
Interesting Q&A and interesting thread.
One thing is clear from his comments in the Q&A...McDermott is reading / hearing about the criticisms of both him and his team...whether he himself is out here on CF or not, he is aware of these criticisms...some of his answers seemed as though he was specifically addressing critics on this site. It also appears that he is in fact feeling pressure from these criticisms.
I've criticized McDermott as much as anybody but I really cannot find fault in having a team meeting to try and hash things out if there are problems. You have to try and do something since chemistry and teamwork is so vital in the game of basketball.
Ultimately, anyone (including McDermott) has to be genuine and "be who they are". McDermott cannot try to be a Bob Knight hardass and have success...it just won't work. And as some have said, I believe this hardass school of coaching is clearly being replaced by the zen master school of coaching...at all levels.
I do think that there are some key traits that the most successful coaches possess...whether they are a hardass type or not. Some of these include:
+ They command respect
+ They are disciplined and organized
+ They are consistent
+ They are driven and always think proactively in terms of both strategy and tactics
+ They are good communicators and find ways to relate to coaches, parents, recruits, their players, the press, etc.
Looking at it from the outside, it would seem that McDermott is having trouble communicating with his players (the WJ debacle was a clear sign of this). I also wonder about his strategic and tactical thought process in terms of how he has run the program from recruiting to style of play.
One thing I know for sure is the best collection of players does not necessarily make the best team. If that were the case, the US would never have failed to win the Gold medal in Olympic BB. Again, looking from the outside, it appears to me that we have a problem because our two best players are short-timers looking to cash in on the riches of the NBA in a few short months. Make no mistake, both of these guys want to position themselves as best they can while not getting hurt in the process. Unfortunately, it seems clear that McDermott, having never had to deal with this sort of "issue", does not know how to handle it to keep everyone happy and the team on track.
I hope they can get it figured out and we avoid another bottom quartile finish in the Big 12.
What I like about this interview is the "working on us" comment. They have another week to work on themselves and hopefully we see improvement again. He is right they did play pretty good basketball for stretches of the game. However, he could have said the same thing about 2 of the three games we played against competitive teams this season.
The part that concerns me is the "finding themselves" comment. I'm concerned how a team "finding themselves" 10 games into the season will handle the adversity of the Big 12. It sounds like a tough problem to fix.
I hope they do find themselves and the finished product is as good as the talent potential of this team.