You just knew they were going to find a way to lose. The last 5 minutes of the game was some of the worst play calling I've ever seen, not to mention the clock mis-management and the apparent confusion from the coaching staff.
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So annoying, if the coaches would have just let Cowan thrown the ball and moved the chains during the last possession, not giving Notre Dame another chance with the ball, UCLA would won the game.
Well, I understand the decision to run the ball. At the very least, it forces ND to use all their time outs. But if you have to the run the ball, how about something a little more imaginative than off-tackle left and a draw. Then they finish it with a botched bubble screen that was rushed and screwed up because they couldn't get the play called in time.
nice to see Jordan Farmar get some playing time opening night.
Phil Jackson is usually scared of playing rookies.
I really think that is a myth...I mean all coaches a weary of rooks, but Phil has played rooks when they prove they can keep it together. I think we will see a lot of Farmar this year...especially if Sasha continues to throw bricks.
Let's look at the rooks that Phil has had. When you're winning championships, you aren't exactly picking from the cream of the crop in the first round.
Right...He did play Luke Walton a lot in his first season. I mean he has little choice with Bynum, both Mihm and Kwame are hurt. If Bynum keeps playing like this though, they both may have to play themselves back into the lineup because Bynum is not backing down.
The NBA has gone away from the traditional center, many teams use converted power forwards instead...Bynum is 7' 1" 285 and still a kid...Dude is going to eat the association alive in a few years if he continues to progress.
It also helps that he is personally coached by the greatest center (and player IMO) of all time Kareem