Friends, Readers and Countrymen,
Since there has been a lack of basketball (BB) coverage on The Pitt Blather of late I’ll go ahead and start putting up BB related pieces so that you all have a forum to discuss that Pitt sport also.
Funny – I played BB every single day from the time I was 10 years old until around 18 when I graduated from HS. I did play some afterwards also with intramural play at Pitt, but then I put down the ball and walked away.
At 6’6″ I was a good player if I do say so myself. The problem was that I was also a skinny 175 pounds and played like a point guard (street ball moves but quick 1st step and ball control…and a good outside shot) yet the coaches insisted I play center and I got my ass kicked.
So I haven’t, and don’t really follow, BB at all any longer and haven’t for some while… yet to see a game at the Pete even, which I will do this year. But you all deserve a place to bandy about discussions and teach me to enjoy BB again…:)
Anyway here is a small teaser to get you going:
The P-G did a piece on “Kevin Stallings:First 100 Days of the Condor”
Can Stallings be the same man who was arguably the most successful coach in Vanderbilt history while being a better version of that coach to quell the public cynicism and doubt surrounding his hiring at Pitt? It’s a question that remains unanswered, and will for some time, but he has spent the greater part of the past four months, however, trying to make sure he comes out on the right side of that query.
College basketball coaches, much like the world leaders and CEOs to whom they often compare themselves, value the importance of their first 100 days on a job. It’s a window in which a culture is established, and the fundamental pieces of a program-building venture are put in place. Success doesn’t guarantee long-term prosperity, but it certainly doesn’t hamper the quest to achieve it.
In that period, Stallings lost no players to transfer, kept the Panthers’ 2016 recruiting class intact and assembled what is regarded as an impressive coaching staff. It is, even to his most hardened critics, a promising start. But as Stallings finishes his first 100 days at Pitt, and thinks about how everything transpired in that brief time, he knows his work has just begun.
Agree, disagree or what? like the hire better now than before? Think Stallings needs a makeover so not to look like Forrest Gump’s Father?
Enjoy and I’ll try to keep BB stuff flowing in here but FB will be my first priority.