One thing I’ll give Shabazz Napier: He doesn’t do the whole “media talk” thing.
He tells it like it is — good or bad. And after Saturday’s 15-point home loss to Marquette, it wasn’t too pretty.
“I hate to say it — I gotta question a lot of these guys’ hearts,” Napier said. “…Simple stuff – just quitting. It doesn’t look like UConn basketball. It doesn’t look like basketball at all. Where I’m from, you’re not getting that alley-oop at the end of the game. You won the game, you won the game. Don’t try to embarrass us, its a measure of your heart. If you have to knock somebody out of the air, you knock them out of the air. The other team’s not going to beat you up physically. It can’t happen. It looked out there like we gave up at the end. It’s tough for me to say that because we’re a great team.”
“Some guys get punched and want to throw a pillow at somebody,” Napier said. “You’re not supposed to throw pillows back, you’re supposed to make a 3-pointer or lock up on defense, do the necessary things to get a win. Right now, we’re not doing that.”
“At the end of the day, I’m the only one who wants to speak out,” he continued. “Everybody else in the locker room wants to stay quiet like we just died.”
And finally, he used Tyler Olander as an example.
“For example, Tyler can be real good for this team. He can knock that mid-range shot down. I don’t think any other big can shoot like him. But he gets out there and plays timid. We try to tell him all the time, you do the things you do in practice and you’ll be a great player.”
That’s all for now…time to write!