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Heavy workloads, Paschal Chukwu’s improvement and limiting turnovers: 3 things Jim Boeheim said on the ACC coaches teleconference
Syracuse (12-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) gets set to play Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. On Monday, Jim Boeheim went on the ACC coaches teleconference to discuss the recent stretch for the Orange.Here are three things he said.Syracuse needs its best players to play the whole game in order to winThe top three players in the ACC in minutes played per game are Tyus Battle (38.3), Oshae Brissett (37.9) and Frank Howard (37.4). Because of Saturday’s double-overtime loss to Florida State, Battle (41.2) and Brissett (40.2) are actually averaging more than 40 minutes per game in conference games. Howard would have, had he not fouled out.Despite the heavy workload, Boeheim thinks that the Orange needs to keep running those three players out there consistently.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s the only way we can win,” he said. “They’ve played well in those games even though they’re playing the whole game. I don’t like playing guys that many minutes, but most of the best players in this league play 36 minutes. They’re playing a little bit more than that.”Paschal Chukwu is improving, but can still be better on offenseBoeheim often mentions that Chukwu hasn’t really played before this season. He averaged just 10 minutes a game in the 2014-2015 season for Providence and then sat out a year due to transfer rules. Last season he played in part of just seven games before going down for the year with an eye injury.With Bourama Sidibe’s knee at less than 100 percent, Chukwu has been thrown into a larger role. He’s gone from averaging 25.3 minutes in nonconference play to 32.8 minutes in ACC games.Boeheim feels that Chukwu has made strides anchoring the defense, but that there can still be ways to have him more involved on offense.“I think he’s definitely getting better,” Boeheim said. “His presence on defense is very important for us.“I think he’s getting better at the offensive end,” he added. “We need to get him to move into better offensive opportunities where we can get him the ball in offensive situations. But he’s definitely getting better.”Syracuse needs to limit its turnoversIt’s no secret that the Orange offense has struggled this year. Something that’s impacted that is Syracuse’s poor ball security.SU averages 13.3 turnovers per game, the fourth-worst mark in the ACC. The team’s 0.85 assist-to-turnover ratio is the worst in the conference.“We’re turning it a little bit over too much as a team,” Boeheim said.Boeheim responded to a question asked specifically about Tyus Battle. Even though Battle poured in a career-high 37 points in Saturday’s loss to FSU, he also had five turnovers and no assists. Battle has shown the ability to create for teammates, but on the season he has just 25 assists to 44 turnovers.“(Battle) doesn’t have anybody to throw the ball to on the perimeter that shoots,” Boeheim said. “Everyone gets around the basket when he drives so its difficult to get the ball to somebody in the lane like that.” Comments Published on January 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+
“He’s like, ‘Good luck with in the playoffs, you’re gonna do your thing.’ And then at the end he’s like, ‘When the symphony plays and the maestro comes in and the lights shine and they point at you, it’s your time to come in and solo. And you’ll know it because you prepared for this moment.’“Only Kobe would say and describe it in that way.”Steve Nash, himself a cerebral basketball mind, said on the TNT broadcast that he loved the way his adversary-turned-teammate put things. Because it always made him think.“I remember after we beat him in the ’06 in the playoffs, we were at a Nike shoot together and he came to me and he said, ‘How do you trust your teammates?’ ” Nash recalled. “And inside, I thought, first of all, that’s a sign of respect. And I thought to myself, with a smile, ‘Well, I have to trust my teammates, ’cause I ain’t anywhere near the player you are…’“But when I walked away from the conversation, I have to admit I went, ‘Was he Jedi mind-tricking me?’ Or was he telling me, ‘Just so we’re clear on the ledger, you had a better team.’“I love this about the Kobe Bryant. I love this about Kobe Bryant!”So many memories.“One of my favorite moments is All-Star weekend, his last All-Star,” said Dwyane Wade, a superstar opponent and good friend of Bryant’s, on TNT. “My son is on a court rebounding for us and Kobe says, ‘Zaire, come down here.’ And Zaire looks at me and he’s nervous like, ‘Should I go?’“And I say, ‘You better go get your Kobe moment!’ ”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.All SCNG’s extensive Kobe coverageAll of the Southern California News Group’s extensive Kobecoverage – For links to photos, news stories, columns, features and more, start here.Remembering Kobe – In lieu of a game, there was a wake at Staples Center.Photos – You have to see the fresh murals Kobe inspired. You gotta love L.A.From the jump – Jim Alexander writes about Kobe’s rare drive and determination.A unique story – Kevin Modesti on Kobe’s triumphs and tragedy.‘Don’t need no boy for that!’ – Kobe championed Gianna and the women’s game.Thebest of – The greatest legends and tall tales about Kobe.Cheering for Kobe – A ticket to SoCal life for many Asian Americans.At Mamba Academy – Players, coaches learned of the helicopter tragedy together.‘Never fly on a helicopter together’ – Kobe and Vanessa Bryant had a deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 29 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.So many memories. Such great impact.Derek Fisher, pushing bravely forward, as Kobe Bryant would expect, took a few minutes Tuesday to call and talk about about his longtime Laker teammate, touching on what he learned during their time together, lessons thatFisher tries to implement now as head coach of the L.A. Sparks.It was a gift, Fisher said, “having been able to see what an athlete is capable of when they really dedicate and commit themselves to their craft, to being the greatest player and the best version of themselves that’s humanly possible. I saw it on a daily basis and so there’s no excuse for the rest of us to act like it’s not possible: I’ve seen a human being do it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“There will be moments and opportunities to reflect even more on what he accomplished and what his legacy represents when we reconvene for camp this year,” he promised.Jordin Canada, the former UCLA star and WNBA champion for the Seattle Storm, grew up in L.A., one of the legions of young players inspired not just by Bryant’s skills, but by the work behind them.“As a kid, maybe about 5 or 6 years old, I used to sit on the couch with my dad and watch all the Lakers games,” she said Tuesday in a phone conversation. “And I remember, as I got older and got into the sport, watching his game and being in awe of him. He inspired me, he inspired me to want to be better. He motivated me to work harder. Just his mentality and the way he carried himself on the court, how he took the game and his craft so seriously, and how he continuously worked — his work ethic is something I’ll never forget.”All that work was preparation to be able to perform, beautifully, when the moment was right.“In ’08, we made the playoffs and I was in practice and I get out and I have this crazy voicemail,” said Sparks star Candace Parker during TNT’s emotional “Remembering Kobe” special that happened Tuesday night inside Staples Center as fans continued to gather to mourn outside.
Jurgen Klopp remains calm on Sadio Mane’s contract situation at Liverpool, with the in-form forward expected to follow Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing to fresh terms.The Senegal international still has three years left to run on the deal he penned with the Reds when arriving from Southampton in 2016.He is, however, in line for an improved contract after becoming a key component in a fearsome attacking unit which is hoping to end a long wait for major silverware at Anfield in 2019. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klopp is reluctant to speculate on when an agreement could be reached, with there no need to rush discussions with a player who is settled and happy on Merseyside.The German told reporters when quizzed on Mane’s future: “It’s not that his contract ends tomorrow.”They are all in a good age group. That’s all positive, right?”Mane has opened the new season in some style, netting three times across two appearances to date.Those efforts have come on the back of a 20-goal return last season which Klopp believes has cemented the 26-year-old’s standing among European football’s elite.He added: “Now he’s much more secure that this is his level.“The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.“Sadio’s a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great.“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo being a striker even though he plays in a little different position.“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in, that’s really important.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web