Dan Dakich did a great job calling the Kentucky-LSU game last night, no doubt. His analysis was precise and fair to both sides, with no trolling of the Big Blue Nation. I wouldn’t mind ESPN sending Dakich to another UK game if he calls it the way he did last night. Job well done, Dan.
BUT, with that being said, I have to call him out for one little thing he said in the first half after LSU hit a jumper to take a 16-4 lead, because I’m still baffled by it, as are many of my friends who heard it too.
Let’s set it up… Dakari Johnson caught a Johnny O’Bryant jumper in the face (who didn’t last night?) with a decent defensive effort. That’s a shot you’d normally like to see O’Bryant take, but he was stroking it last night. Dakari had a hand in his face and almost got a piece of the ball on the shot, but to Dakich, that was the wrong thing to do. He said putting a hand up provides a direction for the shooter to shoot the ball, like the sight on a gun.
“This is going to sound silly but to defend that you’ve got to walk into him because it’s all a fadeaway, and Dakari Johnson just put his hand up and when you put your hand up it’s like the sight at the end of a gun — it just gives him a direction to shoot it.” ~ Dan Dakich
So according to Dakich, it’s better for the defender to put his hand a little off to the side to throw off the shooter’s aim. Is that what he meant? I’m lost.