Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 11/8/12
Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today.
• Self said he saw the elbow Thomas Robinson threw on TV. It looked like Robinson got the guy pretty good. Self didn't see what led up to that play. He figures NBA commissioner David Stern will hand down some discipline.
• Self said offensively, against Washburn, his team looked like it did in Europe. His team didn't put pressure on Washburn on either end of the floor.
• Self said Wednesday's practice wasn't great. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything special. It wasn't a lack of effort, but the circumstances probably didn't lend themselves to having an enthusiastic practice. Self said he talked to his team and reiterated leadership and enjoying the process of winning ugly. It's OK to win ugly, but you have to enjoy it, or you won't continue to do it over time.
• Self says SE Missouri State is athletic. It runs sets similar to KU. It also has two active big men.
• A majority of Jeff Withey's blocked shots come from help defense. Withey needing to get more rebounds shouldn't affect him getting blocks this year.
• Elijah Johnson is trying to do what he thinks the coaches want him to do, but he's forgotten about playing. He's thinking instead of playing, too. Self thinks the film session was good for him. Self wants him to penetrate more, along with the other guys. Self said he has a team full of guys that should be decent at it. Most of KU's team is explosive and athletic. Johnson should do that more than anyone, though. That hasn't been his mind-set with this team yet. He can do it, though. Johnson has to be a guy to get others easy baskets. ThisKU team doesn't have the natural low-post scorers that it's had in the past.
• Kevin Young is definitely out for Friday's game with his broken hand.
• KU's preparation won't change because Michigan State is next after SE Missouri State. Three days is enough time to prepare for a team in college basketball.
• Forward Zach Peters might be feeling a little better, but he's still out of practice. Self says if he doesn't get back soon, KU will have no choice but to red-shirt him.
• Forward Landen Lucas will not play Friday and may not play Tuesday to keep the potential for him to red shirt. It's not certain just yet. Self says you don't red-shirt guys that you don't think can play. A red shirt would trade his age 19 year for his age 23 year. Peters and Lucas are the only two red-shirt candidates on this year's team.
• Andrew White wants to be a complete player. Right now, his shooting skills are definitely ahead of his ball-handling skills. It appears that way now, but Self isn't sure that'll be the case a month or two by now. KU hasn't been practicing too long yet.
• Self says Johnson has been as important to the success of KU's program as about anyone he's had at KU. Johnson has taken pressure off other guys prior to this year. It's going to be different for him this year, as he's going to have to have the ball in his hands a lot more.