Why We Didn't See or Hear Much From Benson During SL
Old 07-22-2008, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tough luck. Too bad because I would of liked to hear more about his efforts and potential had he not been hurt. Damn you Joey. :mad:

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The first practice was all about instruction. Head coach Sam Mitchell made it very clear to all of us that our focus would be defense, so I was making every effort to be in the right spot and to talk. Only an idiot would do otherwise, I thought. Still, despite my best efforts, I couldnít escape the ridicule that seemed to catch up with everyone who failed to employ the correct defensive tactics. If there was one thing I learned from coach Sam during that first two hours, it was that he doesnít accept anything less than perfection.

The second practice was more fluid than the first. We got right into the scrimmage situations. I felt like things were going well. I wasnít doing great, but I was definitely being very active on defense. It was about 30 minutes in that my entire Vegas trip took a turn. I was trying to protect the paint while Joey Graham drove the lane for a layup. On my way up to block his shot, his elbow caught me right in the jaw. The entire left side of my face was numb for the next 10 hours. This is important to note because just a few plays later, I was battling for a rebound when I hyper-extended my right knee attempting to stay in bounds with the ball. Since my jaw was numb with pain, I didnít recognize the pain of my knee and continued to practice for the rest of the day.

The next morning when I awoke, I got up to brush my teeth and fell onto the floor with my first step. My right knee had no strength. I visited the trainer who explained that I had sprained my MCL. I sat out of practice (which coach Mitchell made a note of because one of the assistants called my name for the starting five) and visited with a doctor later that day. He confirmed that it was a grade-2 sprain and that a few days off, at least, would do me some good. It was basically confirmed right then that I would miss at least one or two games of the Vegas Summer League.

I now had two missions for the Vegas Summer League: to get healthy and to get buckets. Both were cast in a shadow of doubt and only time would tell if I could recover in time.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Too bad. I actually think he would be a nice adition. A big man that can rebound. Well a least at summer league level.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If there was one thing I learned from coach Sam during that first two hours, it was that he doesn’t accept anything less than perfection.


From a guy who is there.
Who plays.
Who has some credibility.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If there was one thing I learned from coach Sam during that first two hours, it was that he doesnít accept anything less than perfection.


From a guy who is there.
Who plays.
Who has some credibility.
Yes he expects perfection, of his flawed and crappy X's and O's.

I could throw my laptop out a window perfectly....doen't make it the right way to get wireless.
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Quite the analogy Benzo.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes he expects perfection, of his flawed and crappy X's and O's.

I could throw my laptop out a window perfectly....doen't make it the right way to get wireless.
Are his defensive X's and O's really that bad? I mean, he's never had much talent to work with on that end, and Benson was talking about defense.

I also thoroughly enjoy that analogy though. What makes up the perfect laptop throw...distance, accuracy, some combination of the two?
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I continually admire the obvious superior GM skills that our Raptors forum members seem to possess.

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I continually admire the obvious superior GM skills that our Raptors forum members seem to possess.


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Old 07-22-2008, 03:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I continually admire the obvious superior GM skills that our Raptors forum members seem to possess.

Seriously, what about the line up of the first game of the play offs?

Why to try something so ... new when in the regular season we could see that we could win them, why to take out Moon when he was an important guy at the RS? why to change the starting role of Rasho and Bargs so many times?
Why our plays after TO were mostly bad?

There are a few things that points to the same point. We are no GMs, but we have eyes.

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I continually admire the obvious superior GM skills that our Raptors forum members seem to possess.

Its not GM skills its coaching skills.

we have that in spades over the Smitch
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Seriously, what about the line up of the first game of the play offs?

Why to try something so ... new when in the regular season we could see that we could win them, why to take out Moon when he was an important guy at the RS? why to change the starting role of Rasho and Bargs so many times?
Why our plays after TO were mostly bad?

There are a few things that points to the same point. We are no GMs, but we have eyes.

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In case you wearn't watching, the Raptors sputtered into the playoffs on the merits of a good first half.

As for the Snootch:

It's the GM that keep shim around.

And no, you have nothing in spades over Sam Mitchell.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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In case you wearn't watching, the Raptors sputtered into the playoffs on the merits of a good first half.

As for the Snootch:

It's the GM that keep shim around.

And no, you have nothing in spades over Sam Mitchell.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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well, you only got one in that avatar, so I get confused Snootch.

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well, you only got one in that avatar, so I get confused Snootch.

I can change it if it is confusing to you.
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In case you wearn't watching, the Raptors sputtered into the playoffs on the merits of a good first half.
If "sputtered" means "played as bad as it can be played this game", I was watching.

So, are we agree?
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:38 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I still think we should pick this guy up for our 3rd string C. He will come cheap. Moon turned out to be a steal, IMO, why not roll the dice again?
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If "sputtered" means "played as bad as it can be played this game", I was watching.

So, are we agree?
heh.

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Old 07-23-2008, 09:19 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm curious: the first quarters killed us, both agree with that.

Would you say that it hasn't nothing to do with the starting line ups?
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I'm curious: the first quarters killed us, both agree with that.

Would you say that it hasn't nothing to do with the starting line ups?
I'd actually venture and say that is more on the players than on the coaching staff. It's up to the players if they want to come out and play hungry. Alot of the times the players out there seemed to lackadaisical.

Smitch had really nothing to do with this. If anything, you could argue his coaching skills came through when in the second quarter we would come back from a poor start.
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I'd actually venture and say that is more on the players than on the coaching staff. It's up to the players if they want to come out and play hungry. Alot of the times the players out there seemed to lackadaisical.

Smitch had really nothing to do with this. If anything, you could argue his coaching skills came through when in the second quarter we would come back from a poor start.
That or the bench came through and the other team let off the gas.
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