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Bits from Sidney Lowe Interview, 4/16 (*can be used as drinking game!)

April 17, 2013
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Drinking game rules: Drink every time you hear Lowe struck with Corbin’s Disease. One shot for every “better”; double shot for every “get better.” Advanced drinkers can also down a chaser every time Lowe reverentially refers to Tyrone Corbin as “Coach.”

Breaking down Kanter, Favors, Hayward and Burks
Let me start with Enes first…I’ve seen great, I mean, great strides in Enes, from both ends. You know, I think earlier in the year, he was very jumpy, from an offensive standpoint.

You know, when he caught the ball, he was going into his moves and he would make a move and get away from the defense, and he was moving so fast, he would go into his counter when he didn’t have to, and go right back into the defense.

But now, you know, as of late, when he, before he got hurt, you saw him really taking his time and start to understand a little better his advantage over certain guys. You saw him utilize his, you know, his pick and pop situations, when he didn’t want to go in there, he did that, which he can knock down that shot. But, some of his passing, he’s getting better at that.

Defensively, defensively he is really good. Defensively, he’s really good. And probably people can’t see that. They might look at maybe blocked shots or things of that nature, but within the scheme of what we do, our rotations, our pick and roll defense, you know, when he’s supposed to be up there, you know, Enes is pretty aggressive on his. He’s gonna get up there, and he can move his feet really well with those guards, and he did a great job.

So he’s come along very well, and I just think he’s gonna have a great career in this league. I think he’s gonna continue to get better. He’s gonna continue to learn himself.

Derrick Favors, I think, is better as well. Again, defensively, he’s probably at the top. He’s as good as they come in terms of covering a basket. Again, pick and roll defense coverage. He gets out there.*

You know, he’s made some plays this year that we watched on film, and we really had to rewind it, like, three times, to say, “Did he really just do that?” in terms of jumping out and helping on the pick and roll and being able to get back into the lane and get a blocked shot. So, you know, he’s understanding the rotations better.

Offensively, I think he’s getting better. I don’t think he is where Enes is right now offensively, but Derrick is getting better

COACH CORBIN talks to him a lot about finding out who you are, and where you really like the ball. You know, I think COACH asked him a question one time: “You know, where is it, if, we’re at a tie ball game and we have to get two points from you, where do you want it?”

And Derrick’s answer was, “Anywhere.” And so, COACH’s response was, “Well, I guess you really don’t have a favorite, so it’s nowhere.”

So, you know, he’s gotta figure out, actually, really how to get off offensively. But he too, I think, has made very good strides this year and he’s gonna continue to get better too. And like I said, I think he’s one of the better defensive big men playing right now, that I don’t think he get the credit for. But he can do several things.

* A few days ago, David Locke responded to questions/complaints from fans about why Favors didn’t play more by talking about how poorly Favors played defense and and how it’s shocking how many defensive assignments Favors misses. Who do you side with more?

Obviously, Gordon is, Gordon has gotten better. Offensively, I think he’s starting to feel a little more comfortable with kinda being the man out there out on the floor at times. Certainly, when he, and I think that happened, I thought COACH did a great job, you know, how, it’s funny how things work out.

With Gordon coming off the bench, he felt more comfortable with being the guy, and COACH went to him. And now that he’s back into the starting lineup, I think some of that confidence is still there.

Occasionally, he’ll still defer at times, but I think he feels much more comfortable now at being able to initiate the offense, being able to let the ball come through him, certain sets that COACH might call. So he’s obviously, he’s getting better.

And then defensively, he’s getting better. You know, it’s, again, you know, we don’t, it’s not all the one-on-one on in front of the ball. Certainly, you want that. He does a good job. But I think from the weak side, help situations and things like that, he’s gotten, he’s starting to get grasp of that and understanding that, and I just told him that last night, that he did a great job on [Andrei Kirilenko] and being on the weak side and not giving him, you know, backdoor dunks and things like that.

So, but I think Gordon too is gonna be, obviously, be a very good player in this league.

And then Alec, I think, is coming along. I think he’s better. I think he, I kinda saved him for last because I think he has the toughest situation out of all, out of the four guys. And I say that because, you know, he’s been accustomed to being off the ball, playing two-guard, getting the ball and just going, and going to score.

And now, you know, he’s playing the point. Along with some two. But he’s playing the point, and that’s a very, very difficult transition. It’s very difficult. There’s so much coming at him, from an offensive standpoint, from a defensive standpoint. You know, he’s never guarded this many pick and rolls in his entire lifetime…So, he’s learning that as well.

And I’m constantly talking to him when he’s in the game, after timeouts, I normally would grab him and just talk to him and make sure he’s okay, if he has any questions, or maybe just to remind him of certain things. How to play a certain guy, things of that nature. So, but I think being put in that situation, I think he’s done a very good job for us, and I think he’s gonna continue to get better the more and more he plays.

Why are veterans important?
It’s still a man’s league, and you know, if you look at the history of the league, young teams, I mean, when I, when you say “young,” I mean, young teams, young teams that start their young guys and play their young guys most of the minutes, often had times where they struggled.

So, just because of the lack of experience and things of that nature. So, it’s great to have quality, experienced guys around our young guys. And really, the fact of the matter is, you know, COACH CORBIN, is the coach. And he can teach and things of that nature with these, with the young players, but it’s something different when you have veteran players that are talking to the young guys and teaching the young guys.

It’s just the small things about the game, the things that’s going on out there; teaching them, really, how to be a pro. You know, there’s, you know, there’s something special about veteran players that will teach young guys how to be pros.

Are there times when you have to rein in the 3-point shooting?
Well, you know, there are times when COACH has to do that, yes. But, you know, it’s, you know, players, like you said, guys that are jump shooters, you know, if they’re open, they feel that that’s the shot they should take, and you want them to be comfortable at taking those shots. But at the same time, you know, you have to think the game too. You have to think and understand what you do have, and advantages that you do have, and be able to go there.

** People calling Mike Conley “Connelly”: Sidney Lowe

On having won three straight road games
Well, you know, it’s always tough on the road, and, but, certainly, you know, give COACH credit in keeping our guys going. (1280)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. modernagejazz permalink
    April 17, 2013 9:14 pm

    I side with Locke on seeing Favors committing bad mistakes on D. Lowe is obviously talking about outlier plays that made a huge impression and which are a clear sign Favors has the tools. Much like Ibaka last season. Overall, his mistakes costed OKC a lot of the good his amazing plays brought, but people had a much brighter image of him because he was giving himself more chances to get spectacular plays.

    This season, he’s a lot more sober on his decisions and helping the team more, but people are talking about Marc Gasol and Noah over him for DPOTY. Even as Noah and Gasol have much better defensive players around them and a better defensive system, without even being the core of why the D works. So I feel the perception of individual D is flawed. But I hope Favors shows the kind of Ibaka improvement for next season.

    • April 17, 2013 10:25 pm

      “Overall, his mistakes costed OKC a lot of the good his amazing plays brought, but people had a much brighter image of him because he was giving himself more chances to get spectacular plays.”

      –This description kind of brought to mind Ronnie Price

  2. April 17, 2013 9:35 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this from Lowe. And what he says is much more coherent, specific, and thus tangible than what Corbin usually says.

    I also think the move to transitioning Alec into a PG is a very smart move. Of all the positions, it is least helpful to have redundancy of skills at the wing spots. And with his physical abilities, and how they can translate to guarding PG’s, I think doing this kind of transition was a terrific move. Even if they brought him along more slowly than needed.

    For whatever role he has in the future: starting PG, combo guard off the bench, or starting SG, his game will be enhanced by learning this PG role.

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