Coach Cal is trying to instill a new mentality in his players on the offensive end of the floor. He discussed it twice on Monday, first in his SEC teleconference and then again on his weekly call-in show. The new message…
“Think ‘pass’ when you have the ball; think ‘shoot’ when you don’t.”
It’s a pretty simple concept, really, but easier said than done.
“When you have the ball, you’re a passer. When you don’t have the ball, think score,” he explained. “In other words, don’t pass it the minute you know ‘I absolutely can’t get a shot, so I’ll pass.’ No. When you have the ball, you’re thinking pass. When you don’t have it, you’re down, you’re loaded up and you’re ready to attack. You know what’s open when you catch that ball to score or make a scoring play.”
He called it the total difference in how they have been playing recently.
“But it has been a challenge,” he said.
So when the Cats take the floor in 48 hours, watch to see if the ball handler is looking for the open man if the scoring opportunity isn’t there, or if he’s trying to create on his own. Look for unselfish basketball.