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Re: Florida Trip
Posted by Livy
on 11/29/2021, 1:26 pm, in reply to "Florida Trip
Kind of reminds me of a conversation I had once with Wayne Morgan. He said the team would go thru drills and plays and schemes and all during multiple practices and the players would look good, and execute well and the staff would ask if there were any questions and they'd all say things were good and then you'd get into a game and Wayne would be standing there on the sidelines with a just stunned and amazed look on his face like "what the F happened between practice and now?".
In all the years that I have been a follower/booster of Long Beach State athletics I have been to a lot of away games. But only with football did I actually go with the team. Been to such places as Clemson, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Wyoming, Michigan, and Oregon.
Never had I gone "with the team" for a basketball game or tournament until now. It was quit an experience.
I went with the team to almost every pregame practice, shoot-around, and "chalk" talk. As well as all the meals.
I saw bits of every team except George Washington.
As much as everyone snipes at the coaching staff I can tell you first hand that there is no lack of preparation.
As evidenced by the first game vs Missouri St. They were told all plays would flow through #44 and #10 would shoot the lights out. And that is exactly what happened. For the Murray St game the same held true with #0 and #1. We even out rebounded those teams but if you don't put the ball in the basket things don't turn out right. For the Wright St game we seemed to be much more relaxed and the results reflected that.
Coach used 3 different starting lineups and is apparently still experimenting as to who should be the ultimate starting five.
I have a enhanced respect for our SID Mr. Roger Kirk. I got to sit next to him at the scorers table and boy is he a busy guy. He is working both the scoring book and a computer at the same time. It takes multiple people to do that at home games. I manage to help him once, confirming who had gotten a rebound.
I had jet lag the whole time I was there. Leaving for airports at 0330 going and coming didn't help.
We bussed from Naples (west coast) to Ft. Lauderdale (east coast) and although it was dark I could tell there was NOTHING on either side of the highway west to east.
All things taken into consideration I enjoyed myself immensely and hope to go again.
Look for some exciting news re scheduling starting next season.
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