peeker643 wrote:His kids are soft. That's on Matta. Either because he doesn't demand them not to be or because he recruits soft kids or because he demands them to be and they don't. Any way you look at it that's on him.
I think he wants to be considered a "players' coach." Whatever that means. If you look back at the past 6 yrs or so, he has recruited a lot of one-and-doners. In Matta's mind, I suppose, you have to coddle those guys and give them their offensive freedom. In his mind, I suppose, he believes a hard-line, driving coach can't recruit one-and-done athletes, because they just don't want to play for that kind of coach. They want to play for someone just like their AAU coach. I am not saying that excuses his allowance of soft basketball behavior. I think his coaching style (also a byproduct of this post) is a lack of accountability on the players' behalf. Poor shot selection. Lack of defensive consistency.
I've seen more than a couple coaches sell their coaching souls for a little better talent.