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Defense Is Beautiful
Lots of folks are talking about how ugly UCLA's recent games have been. But a connoisseur of defense, specifically help defense, would have to disagree. I saw this coming, both in the overtime period at Haas Pavilion and the second half of the Pac-10 Tournament championship game. The Bruins are so good at disrupting the flow of their opponents' offense that it seems like a protection spell has been cast over the hoop. What's important to recognize is that the abysmal shooting percentages of Memphis and LSU were more the product of UCLA defense than a failure to perform. I was particularly impressed with last night's handling of Glen Davis, who suddenly looked immature in the face of such adept double-teaming. I wish I'd taped the game so I could watch it today, using slow-motion and freeze frame, and learn some finer points of the defensive art. Oh, and you can talk about how Ben Howland brought a Big East toughness to the Pac-10 all you want, but the fact of the matter is that he grew up in the L.A. area watching John Wooden UCLA teams that wrote the dictionary definition of defensive and offensive discipline. Go Bruins!


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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: April 3rd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Team defense is so key.

Go UCLA. It's always nice to see the Pac-10 redeemed after yet another year of bashing. It's baffling how little respect we get.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You know it. I'm all about the conference.
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: April 3rd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Big Baby goes "WAAAAHHHH!!!"

I'll be raising my glass to you today from the heart of Bruin country!!!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Not your spyglass, I hope. . . :-)
schencka From: schencka Date: April 3rd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I found that watching the Bobby Knight reality show on ESPN recharges me to put energy into the fundamentals of basketball: hard cuts to the basket w/ hands showing, setting back screens, drifting to the basket on pick and rolls, and of course, boxing out for rebounding. In sum, to play basketball with one's tush, as it were. It's a game of position, not contact.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wish I had time to watch more of that show. One thing I'm working on of late, ever so belatedly, is trying not to wimp out when I penetrate. If I go straight at the defender, hard, it's less likely that I will toss up a weak shot. Tush I already knew how to deploy, a la ZZ Top. . . :-)
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