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February 19, 2011
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 89-63 victory over Colorado on Feb. 19, 2011.
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Coach a bit frustrated with our D, and Chalmers tells-it-like-it-is: "fun to watch offensively, but dont guard". He learned it the hard way under Self, and is sitting there with his NC ring, NBA baller, telling the current 'Hawks all they need to hear, along with Self. Self talking about Russell Robinson also, defensively. Nice flashbacks of defensive dominance...Lets see if we get any better at the areas we need to. RCJH
Preach it, Ralster. I miss the days of Chalmers and Robinson disrupting the passing lanes, perfectly playing the lane and their man simultaneously. I can see Selby learning how to do that and doing it consistently, and maybe even EJ. But the weakest link seems to be ... the Tyshawn. If he weren't equally as inconsistent as he is talented, we would be in great shape.
It is funny that HCBS mentioned that Russ Robb was the third best defender in '08 but would be the best defender on this team. Maybe this is something to keep in the bag when trying to improve on defense----what I mean, that is, coach can motivated this team to measure up to the '08 team defensively. Makes me really excited if this team can get it done on defense. Well done today, Jayhawks!
Frankly, since we are remembering the Champhawks, I do recall a fair # of times that RussRob got beat off the dribble, & Chalmers, and we all recall Acie Law and CDRoberts torching Rush...The difference between Champhawks and the following 3 Jayhawk teams is the sheer number of times people are getting beat. Also that "feel" for team D and the strips when opposing teams tried to penetrate vs. the 08 guys. Maybe Chalmers himself saying something will keep the guys motivated and practicing. You get good at what you practice (if you arent a lucky 'savant' at it out of the box...).
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