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Mustafa Shakur currently leads the Wildcats in their contest with UCLA with 16 points. He has made some spectacular plays. Yet he remains one of the worst "star" players I've ever seen at his position. Although he has the speed to play great defense, he somehow always seems to slack off his man at the worst possible juncture. He makes lazy passes. He consistently makes the wrong decision in transition. And he does a terrible job of managing the clock in the closing minutes. Perhaps, in my writing this now, I will, through the logic of the reverse jinx, get him to do something befitting his talent at the conclusion of today's game. But I doubt it.

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oyster_shells From: oyster_shells Date: February 17th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
the ratio of talent to performance on this UA team is atrocious. they show enough promise so that i get my hopes up for pac10 titles and a deep showing in march. then they destroy my feeble basketball heart.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 17th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Lute's teams have usually underperformed collectively. He has placed more players in the NBA for extrended periods than any current coach. Yet the Wildcats usually fall short of expectation. I'm not sure if it's coaching or the type of player, individually skilled, that he recruits. Clearly, though, this is the most disappointing season of all. Although I'm first and foremost of the Cal Bears, who never have that talent level -- and have been decimated by injuries in recent years -- I do want the Cats to do well. Maybe the fact that this was Shakur's final game was a good thing. Of course, if both Marcus Williams and Chase Budinger go pro, next year is unlikely to be a positive one.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: February 17th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We were saying the same thing while we watched it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 17th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And yet he was voted the Cats' "player of the game." Stats can lie.

I'm away next week, BTW. A panel with Brandon.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: February 18th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Okay, I guess just let me know when are around and we can have lunch or something.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 19th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I get back from Louisville on Sunday. Remember how we were all supposed to meet up in Lexington? That would have been fun.
katieengl From: katieengl Date: February 18th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


i sat next to that kid in african american history junior year. some guest speaker said "you cant make a living playing basketball all your life" looking at him and he said "i dont play basetball..." so i believed him and thought nothing of it. it wasnt until i saw him on tv that i realized he was lying... he said i was the coolest white girl in the class cause i let him copy my notes....he was late a lot

weird story
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 18th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: mustafa

That's quite a story. The being late may not have bene his fault. Having taught some athletes who were very good students, I can attest to the intense time demands of intercollegiate athletics. But he's still a disappointment on the court, regardless.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: February 19th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's been... well, it's been very sad.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 19th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Every three that Darren Collison hit while Mustafa was hanging back confirmed once and for all what we had all suspected since his sophomore year: he puts out only when it shows up in the stat line.
schencka From: schencka Date: February 19th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

cats generally

I've been watching this team, slowly getting more negative on them.

It's not just the underperformance (or rather, zero-performances) of Mohammed Tangara, Fendi Onobun, and JP Prince, as the AZ Daily Star sports commentary guy Hansen says.

As Lute points out, they lack "heart." The star players defend like it's an all-star game. Who plays zone when you're supposed to be a legendary program with great athletes? Many of these players would get scolded in the pickup games I play in.

The talent to performance ratio of these players demands that scout team players deserve time. I've never seen so many lapses! This team could get beat by a good Division III squad!

My final indictment: except for walk-on Brett Breilmeier, the players don't look like they lift weights seriously.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 19th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: cats generally

I agree with you on every point. The thing is, they will demonstrate a few times each game that they can play superb defense, turning their quickness into a huge assent. But then they will sit back and watch while the game slips away from them. So disappointing.
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