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The Torment of Kirk Walters - De File
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The Torment of Kirk Walters
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amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: March 5th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry for the late post, but to me, that final lack of a shot (in which Walters could have squared up, driven and dished or tried to take on Kevin Love) summed up five years of frustration with the outgoing batch of seniors. And the frustration is not necessarily put squarely on the shoulders of Walters. He has been coached for five years to do exactly what he did on Sunday, which is find the shooter who will likely be triple teamed (as Bayless was) and give him the ball. I wish somewhere along the way Lute and company had developed some confidence in the likes of Dillon and Walters. It's just hard to imagine Walters erasing years of riding the bench in the final seconds of a tough game against UCLA. He just wasn't prepared to make a big play, which I think says a lot more about the state of the program than the performance of a particular athlete.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 5th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Precisely. That's why I wrote the entry that way, even in the lingering warmth of the moment, rather than jumping on the anti-Walters bandwagon.

You know, I've been thinking about the players on the team in the early 2000s. It's hard to believe that Arizona didn't win a title during the time of Arenas, Gardner, Walton, Iguodala etc. Then again, it's hard to see how the 1988 team could have failed to win it all.
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: March 5th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They got awfully close in 2001, but your thoughts sum up the reality of Arizona's teams. Lute has consistently been able to bring some of the greatest talent to Tucson, even developing middling talent into quality roleplayers. But that talent never gets over the hump, whether it's an off shooting night (i.e. Kerr in '88) or a general inability to get up for big games (see any game against a top 25 team or NCAA tourney round over the past three seasons, paying particular attention to games against North Carolina, UCLA, Seton Hall and Purdue).
It's maddening. But I'll always be a fan because I've never known better. While the memories are faint, I remember attending games in McKale during the 1986 season. I'm still hoping there are seasons like those ahead for the Cats.
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