Game 43 at BOS: Free fall into hoops hell
He’s not dejected. He just wants to show us that his bald spot is gone.
I stand by what I said after the last game. We have one more demoralizing loss to add to the season and tonight we actually started looking like an underequipped, talentless team of scrubby players, but I still say the guys need to figure things out for themselves, rather than having the coaches bail them out.
If they really have the desire to win, do what it takes. The players can take matters into their own hands. Check your egos at the door. Quit it with the “I prefer to start.” Regard yourself as part of a team, rather than identifying yourself as a starter. If guys don’t know the plays, stay late at practice and scrimmage (when time and home stretches permit). Hold player meetings if necessary. Jazz vets, teach the new guys. Go through plays ad nauseum. Take film home. Take an/many honest look(s) in the mirror. Accept criticism. Talk more, instead of saying “I don’t know what good it’ll do.” Help and ask for help.
Ron Boone tweeted this during the first quarter, but it really sums up the entire game quite nicely:
** Raja, post-game wisdom: The best way to lead is to go out there and try to lead by example. I think we all should try to be leaders, and we should all go out there and do the right thing, play after play after play. If that means that you have to screen, then you screen, and you screen to the best of your ability. If it means that you’re supposed to pass the ball, you pass the ball, and you do it without reluctancy. If it means that you’re supposed to shoot, then you shoot. But if you’re going to go out there and not lead by example, then you can say whatever you want, but people won’t follow you. (KFAN audio)
(Raja also said that lineups weren’t necessarily the problem; that the problem was that no one was doing the little things needed to win. My eyes nearly rolled out of my head when whoever was hosting the KFAN post-game show declared that Raja was against changing the lineup because he would probably be the first one headed to the bench. Give me a break. #AnalysisFail)
These are dark days indeed, but at least we still have Fes to make us laugh: