In Reply to: It’s ground hog day, “I Got You Babe” is playing.... posted by Fuzzy on October 09, 2018 at 14:17:14
An argument can be made (IMO a legitimate argument) that every Alford UCLA team has under performed - even the Lonzo year. Certainly every teams' defense has contributed to the under performances. This year's team has so many unanswered questions due to all the new guys, but what can't be said is this team isn't without talent and even with only ten healthy scholarship players left on the roster it still represents Alford's deepest and most balanced team. Because of all the first year players it hard to have any solid notion of how many wins or what accomplishments this team can attain. But because of the talent level they should be able to contest on a respectable level, improve throughout the year, and at the very least play improving respectable defense as the season progresses.
If this team, like so many other Alford teams, plays weak defense all year and struggles against athletic teams that make them look disorganized, and continues to play a weak style of play then I think the best thing to do is admit that Alford isn't the right guy for this job and look for someone else. I think there could have been an argument to do that last year, but giving him this year seems reasonable and given the guys he's brought in, frankly, I think he deserved this season. Even with the ten guys he has left this team could be good given their potential. There are coaches who do very well with much less talent across the board so I don't think UCLA needs to give him yet another year if this year doesn't pan out. I think we've all seen enough to understand what we got here.
When Alford was hired I didn't think he was a great coach but I also didn't think he was mediocre either. His New Mexico teams (at least some of them) played solid defense and I think he has done a very good recruiting job at UCLA. He appears, however, to not be able to consistently get as much out of the level of player he brings in to UCLA as opposed perhaps to the type of player he recruited at the other schools where he has cached before. At least I think that may be the issue or contributes to what I believe is under performing teams.
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