I know there is a long way between 6th grade boys (11-13 years old) and the NBA but I think Biz's lack of experience makes this applicable.
I coach a very competitive 6th grade AAU team that is full of kids that have all played basketball since they were 3 or 4 years old (my son included). Most of my players play year round and have played on 20-30 different rec league teams before they made the jump to AAU.
I have one kid though who, as of 1 year ago, had never played organized basketball before and had been more of a youth football type player. I knew this when I selected him for my team. Even though he is a man-child physically, many people (other coaches/parents/etc) questioned my selection of him early in the year since he was fouling everyone on D and was travelling or turning the ball over almost every time he touched the ball. I saw potential. A lot of work and development, but potential.
I awarded this player a roster spot and although it has only been 1 year, he is developing as I had hoped and, in certain areas, is one of the best on the team. His biggest challenge is his basketball IQ as most kids just know where to be and what to do in almost every situation. Things that are easy for most kids at this level, are sometimes challenging for him but he has the work ethic and desire to "get it". You can't teach size and natural ability. This kid has "it" and that can't be ignored. Regardless of how long it takes, I know he can be the best player on my team. That is worth the wait and worth the work it takes to get there.
How does this relate to Biz? Well, Biz is "new" at the game. Most NBA players have been playing since they could walk, not Biz. Most NBA players have been working towards that goal since they could walk, not Biz.
To say that he should excel at everything is fair but that isn't really realistic at this point. I 100% agree with the mindset of breaking things down and making it simpler for him to learn. By everyone's account, he has the desire and work ethic. I see nothing wrong at all with having him focus on specific areas for improvement.
Signing Jefferson and drafting Zellar have no negative implications for Biz. When he was drafted, I can't imagine Cho or anyone else thought he would be ready to start at this point of his career. That pick was/is about the player he can be at 25 years old. I personally still see him as the guy who could come in behind Jefferson as our starting center, and be that for almost a decade. What more can we really be wanting? Learning from a veteran like Jefferson is one of the best things to happen to Biz from a development standpoint. Don't give up on Biz too early.
Last edited by WAM9; 07-08-2013 at 02:35 PM.
In Cho I Trust!
i think we were looking for frontcourt depth since last summer, cue Landry, Humphries, Jamison. Last summer it didnt work out, this summer it did. Biz is still a work in progress, i think he can only benefit from his 2 new teachers Big Al and Ewing. Biz will still get his 20 min. PT, just with less pressure.
Its not an insult to say hes a dleaguer, he just isnt worth seeing minutes on an nba team.
Its not an insult to say hes a sixth man, just no team would ever start him.
Its not an insult to say a person is a murderer, its just that he kills people a lot.
Into the crevasse!
"Climb down Lemon, Climb down"
Here we go with the experience excuses....
There's an educational term called "zone of proximal development" which means that you have to focus learning on the area where a person is competent and slightly beyond. For example, you give six year olds books that can pretty easily read and then books that are slightly harder. You don't give them books that are far below or far beyond what they can read. That way, they develop confidence in their skills and keep progressing. If you just gave them something far beyond them, they'd mostly just be frustrated and not really learn much.
Same applies here with Biz: you want to build his confidence and bring him along in a reasonable way. You don't want to throw 100 concepts at him and then hound him to do all of them correctly right away. It's a sure fire way to make him frustrated, lose confidence, and not learn much. It has nothing to do with mental make-up or fortitude. Virtually all people operate in the same fashion. Good managers know this when they give tasks to their employees: find something they can do with a great deal of confidence but also pushes them further each time.
SOMEONE will pay for THIS!
I don't think Clifford was sayin' Biz won't be used on offense or anything like that. Rather than working a little at everything, he wants to focus on, i.e. put a lot of reps into what he does well NOW to develop those skills same into more ELITE level skills. Right now he is a good rebounder, but not as good as he could be with more practice. Example - Dennis Rodman was an ELITE rebounder, and worked tirelessly at it. He knew as soon as a shot went up what side of the basket he needed to be to get the rebound. Not many of today's NBAers have that ability, IMO. Rodman's coaches didn't sweat his poor offensive game...
I honestly think with Ewing on board, Biz could develop into a monster rebounder and defender.
I have most definitely not given up on Biz and see it the other way.He will be Roleplayer to learn, then he will become starter later. To me Biz has improved alot since he has been here and will only improve more.