We looked strong against Kentucky, but as I said yesterday...tt did frustrate me about the Vandy game even more so. We are way too good of a team to lose in that fashion to anybody, but after some reflection I don't think you can peg it on Grant at this point.
Grant made a comment after we lost to MSU last week that some of our players were not playing as a "team" and playing more for themselves. I hate to speculate, but the first two guys that come to mind are JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell. Both are NBA-level talent but play with true freshmen-type of body language/demeanor. Our true freshmen like Lacey, Randolph and Jacobs have outshined them in the maturity aspect of the game. It should NOT be that way.
I think you'll find that Grant's system, when executed correctly, is exciting, fast-paced and aggressive. Hardly "boring" basketball. The problem is we have a few veterans that aren't taking leadership roles we need them to take, and are instead choosing to hang-dog around and make street-ball type passes down the court that end up as turnovers.
If we are going to go anywhere in March, Green and Mitchell need to lose the bad body language, start hustling their butts on every possession and quit acting like they want to fight someone anytime they get a whistle called on them.
I have every bit the faith that Grant is doing great things as a coach, and these freshmen have stepped up into regular contributing roles quicker than I think most anticipated...now it's time for our "leaders" to LEAD.
I know the wife of one of the Bama coaches and she says Mitchell walks around like he's a Hollywood star, hardly speaks to anyone.......but they also say he is a bit autistic
JaMychal Green thinks his shit don't stink and she said if he isnt getting the ball, he's raising hell and/or not playing hard on purpose
Im sure you get some of that with star players, just thought I'd pass on what I'd heard