I think, at the time he said it, Coach was meaning it as a compliment in that Cartier doesn't get shook. He stays calm. He doesn't look like a deer in the headlights when things are going badly. That's a good trait except when it isn't.pulitzerdave wrote: ↑December 3rd, 2019, 6:28 pmlearnin, I'm not sure what coach means by comfortable. Does that mean that he's too casual? Too careless? What? I'd like to see him take ownership of the team. Somebody better. These freshmen may need some a$$ kicking at times to shake them out of their deference. Maybe one of the upper classmen needs to hold one particular freshman accountable.
We need more from the Chicago Player of the Year. Much, much more. If he's that good, he'd better start showing it. We need his scoring. Isn't he supposed to be a scorer? This team struggles to score, and yet we have a big city MVP who hardly ever looks at the basket. Time's up D. Gordon. One fourth of the season is over. Before you know it, another fourth will pass. LET'S GO!!!!
You asked about what some people see in D. Gordon. I would sum it up this way. In last night's game, first half, the Cats took a shot and it bounced high off the rim. Out of nowhere, D. Gordon swept in, grabbed the ball, and almost slammed the ball home. The ball didn't come off quite right enough for the young man to find the hoop, but that's not the point. The point is, the ball bounced into A&M's hands and they quickly took it up the court. The ball was knocked loose and we recovered. Which player knocked the ball loose? D. Gordon. The young man, who was last up the court because he attacked the offensive board so hard, made it back on defense and knocked the ball loose from his man on the other end of the court. The kid is a disrupter and it's going to pay dividends as time goes on.
I haven't seen anyone attack the offensive glass as hard as this young man and he's a guard. When he's in the game, and we miss a shot, D. Gordon is in the mix for the offensive board almost every time when he isn't out of position guarding on the perimeter. He might not corral it every time, but his hands are on the ball on quite a few shots that come off the glass. What is more, D. Gordon knocks the ball loose as much, if not more, than Barry. So far, similar to the near misses on the offensive glass, many of these "plays" are neutralized by the ball bouncing the wrong way. At this point, in time, you might say the ball is bouncing the wrong way for the young man, but that's going to change one of these days if he keeps that aggressiveness.
Now, about scoring. I think this young man could score double figures every game by default. But, as you've pointed out, he is deferring as Dean often did. In a way you can understand it this early on. The kid's a freshmen and there are veteran players ahead of him in Cartier, Mike, Xavier and Mak. You can understand a newcomer, unless he's Mike Beasley, not wanting to upstage these veterans. On the other hand, under Weber and it was the same under Martin, you don't stay in the game long if you're a newcomer and you miss a shot or turn the ball over. So, if you have step on your man, and see an opening to the bucket, you take it in if you're Cartier. If you're D. Gordon, you might think twice about doing so and getting it slapped away or getting in traffic and losing the handle. Sooner or later, we're going to have to find another scorer and there's only one way to do that, IMHO. You have to give some people the green light within reason and balance.