Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on the Big Ten coaches teleconference

  • 01/04/2016 10:26 am in

The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the first week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s remarks on the call:

Opening statement: “We’re excited about our start because we’ve gone into two venues on the road and been able to find a way to win the game against two teams that are very, very competitive and getting better. We’ve been a little undermanned in the sense of not having James Blackmon Jr. and at the same time we’ve had different things that you deal with in a game like you would, but our guys found ways to persevere and win those games. I think those things come back to help you as the season goes on so we’re excited to be at home tomorrow for Wisconsin in what promises to be a very special evening with the fact that the 1976 team is coming back to be honored during this game as far as their 40-year anniversary pertains to it. We’re excited about that. We’re anxious to play.”

On Thomas Bryant, the importance of dealing with what he can work on rather than the negatives following the Rutgers game and how easy he is to work with in terms of getting to the next step: “Very easy, he’s hungry to get better. At the end of the day, the bottom line with him is that he wants to improve any way that he can. He’s a quick learner, he loves to be in the gym. It was one game. It was some foul situations, that’s all that it was. We’re proud of the way that he continues to improve and his attitude continues to be one where he sees how good he can possibly be, but he never feels like he’s arrived at any point. I think that’s a great thing for a young player.”

On how much better Bryant has gotten at shaking off a bad night and being able to get back in the gym without letting it affect him: “I think he does that easy. That’s not an issue that we see in our guys. They’re a hungry group of people and he’s no different. They want to improve any way that they can.”

On the play of OG Anunoby and what stands out about his play in league play so far: “Sustained intensity, sustained intensity in practice and really understanding how important practice is, every aspect of it. Continued development of his perimeter skills, especially the way that he can guard people and his ability to play away from the basket shooting the ball. And then I think the attitude of rebounding. He really wants to be a rebounder, he knows he can be a rebounder and I think every day he just continues to gain confidence and I think that carries into the games.”

On the potential addition of anyone from the football team: “We haven’t had any concrete conversations yet about any of that. We’ll see how that goes down the road. But as of right now, there’s nothing there.”

On how much the 1976 team registers with the in-state players on the roster: “Well I think the fact that it’s the last undefeated team in college basketball and they see the relevance of that when they see that being talked about during the season, especially with what Kentucky went through last year. The bottom line is they can’t walk too many places around the facilities and not see a reference to the champions, especially the ’76 team. I don’t think it has to register with them as far as knowing those guys individually as maybe their parents would or the fans would, but knowing what they accomplished and knowing that it hasn’t been done since, I think that registers with everybody.”

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  • Maybe he doesn’t want to come back because that freaking chair-throwing incident will be repeated ten thousand times and ultimately all of the controversy will overshadow his many contributions to the program.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    It is more often used racially than not. Intention is not the issue. I didn’t accuse any specific poster, although I could have. I cringe every time I read “basketball IQ”. The term is vacuous and has no meaning other than to normalize certain types of basketball intelligence over others without requiring the need for justification and rigorous argument. If you are not sensitized to this issue, it is either because you do not use the term racially yourself, or because you belong to a group that is less likely to be victimized by the label.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    a buddy of mine attended one of his speeches when he was asked about the possibility of returning (i’m sure he’s been asked about a billion times by now), he didn’t mention any of that in his answer. i can’t remember exactly how he answered it, but it did seem to indicate there’s still a lot of hard feelings.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i don’t care to argue about it any more, especially since this thread will probably get deleted as well (and justifiably so), but perhaps there’s another forum better suited for this type of discussion?

  • Yeah, I’m sure, maybe I’m just talking about myself here in being tired of hearing about all of the controversy. Yes, he did some boneheaded things because he was stubborn and had a temper, but the good things he did far outweigh the bad. And, I remain convinced that the last year or so of his time at IU was an ugly, concerted effort to get rid of him by a vile and underhanded buillshit artist and his cronies.

    But again, maybe that’s just me. I agree that most or all of those people are no longer affiliated with the university and that his many loyal fans would love to see him back in the fold somehow. I just don’t blame him for washing has hands of the institution.

  • Lobills

    Maybe this will make you feel better….Zeisloft has a really poor basketball IQ as it relates to his defensive positioning and help defense. Basketball IQ has absolutely nothing to do with race. It has to do with knowing what in the heck you should be doing on a basketball court.

  • You cannot possibly legitimately assert that “it is more often used racially than not.” That is entirely unfounded, and insulting. And it’s entirely self-serving to assert that the term is vacuous–it’s simply not. Clearly, some players understand the game better than others. That’s what makes them great players.

  • And, actually, I don’t see your other thread as deleted. So maybe that’s something else that’s just in your mind? (Nevermind, I see that it’s gone now.)

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m not a defender of that particular administration at all (don’t let my screen name fool you! 😉 ), but still he brought a lot of it on himself. i will however say this, if his teams were still consistently making deep runs in the tournament, i seriously doubt he would have been axed.

  • I disagree, I still think he would have been axed. There was real animus towards the “undue influence” of sports on unversities, and RMK as just the example being made.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    haha! no, the entire thread got deleted. bums me out because i had some decent zingers in there i thought. 😉

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    In principle it doesn’t, but have you ever heard of anyone judging him on his basketball IQ? They will tell you he is “role player” or “shooter”, etc. etc.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i dunno, perhaps you’re right. but i’ll paraphrase one of my favorite RMK quotes… ‘if i’m winning, they call me eccentric. if i’m losing, they call me an a##hole’.

  • We’ll never know for sure. I’ll close with this: imagine the crowd reaction if he were to step up to the podium in Assembly Hall. That would be something to see.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Maybe if I smile and upvote you it won’t get deleted.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Yes, but the history of the word’s usage tends to favor certain types of intelligence that are more cerebral than other types of intelligence. You are actually insulting my intelligence by being suspicious of my intent here, and by assuming that I intend to be provocative and inflammatory, instead of just trying to understand that many posters will be put off by this discourse on “basketball IQ” and might not even show up for the discussion if it keeps being used to adversely characterize players of a certain racial identity.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Thanks, keep insulting me by claiming I am hallucinatory and whatnot.

  • IULore

    Bob Knight is why we hate all the coaches after. He needs to give the programs his blessing. IU is where is good coaches come to die since him.

  • Look, you’re insulting everyone here who’s ever used the term, and so I don’t think you have room to suddenly be offended. And yes: I’ve seen the term used positively and negatively many, many times in describing both black and white players. Whatever you’re reading in Slate and Mother Jones aside, your assertion just doesn’t hold water on this forum.

  • IULore

    You’re not terribly bright, are you?

  • IULore

    His floaters and scoops look like Oscar Robinson. He also rebounds. And works the baseline well.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    You don’t speak for anyone but yourself.

  • Ditto.

  • Young Hoosier

    That isn’t upside. His freshman year it was “if he can shoot the ball he can be good” when you don’t see it happening in year 3.. good chance it just won’t. NBA teams don’t want a 3 like him anymore. You have to be able to shoot the 3 and play defense. Teams love those “3 and D” players at the 3. Troy can’t shoot or play defense. He definitely won’t play the 4 in the NBA. He doesn’t have the size. LeBron, Melo, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Tobias Harris, MKG.. these guys have the same athleticism if not more than Troy.. yet they’re bigger and stronger. Troy should come back next year and just worry about a degree or a career overseas.

  • Steven Childers

    but he can’t handle the ball like Oscar did

  • Steven Childers

    at least he put some thought into his post.

  • Steven Childers

    yet it is odd, when he commentated one of IU’s game he didn’t sound like he he had any bad feelings towards them. But his action suggest otherwise.,

  • Steven Childers

    he doesn’t give a good flip about that chair incident. Hell, he has done a commercial making fun of it. It has made him money.

  • Jeremy Snyder

    A’men

  • SilentBob

    Interesting topic. Didn’t see your original post so I’m not sure what brought this up, but to me it has always been strange that when players get in trouble off the court fans say “thank god for Collin Hartman!” Instead of “thank god for Rob Johnson!” I definitely think some of us (not me) white people take comfort in ascribing certain things like “hustle” and “IQ” to white players as an “equalizer” to a perceived (whether real or not) physical disadvantage as black Americans have dominated this sport. I don’t think these people’s intentions are nescarily bad, but they do spell a troublesome thought process. I’ve never really thought Troy had a low IQ, honestly I think he has a pretty high one, but his handling is poor and he hasn’t been coached right. The biggest reason Collin doesn’t turn the ball over like Troy is he doesn’t have the ability to do what Troy does in the first place.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I think ESPN told him to can the hate and call the game as if he never was a part of IU and on a side note…love your comment to iu lore

  • PalmettoHoosier

    I’m not a bright man, but I do proof read. That was supposed to be in my best Forrest impersonation.

  • vicbert caladipo

    That’s the media. I’m 100% positive the fan base will be thankful for his many contributions and if he attended tomorrows game would get an ovation that rivals the Watford shot

  • vicbert caladipo

    Your screen name fooled me. ; )

  • sarge

    I think he will surprise everyone and be there with the team. His team. At his gym, just like the glory days. I bet AH will be pumped for that!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Would be the biggest thing since the Watford shot….maybe ever

  • vicbert caladipo

    Apparently today, if you don’t say great things about TW, you’re not bright

  • vicbert caladipo

    One of my all time faves. If I was a bit older maybe my favorite.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’m really surprised it didn’t get deleted. I think the moderators went home for the day. Some of your best work is gone. Back to the drawing board for you 2,0

  • vicbert caladipo

    I think he speaks for me and 2.0 and a hundred other posters who don’t want to get involved

  • vicbert caladipo

    I sure as heck hope you are right….AH will be crazy and maybe someone should start a rumor that he is showing cuz that’ll get the students back and the crowd raucous. Bout time we get up for UW. Tired of losing to buckybadger.

  • SilentBob

    Does using the term make you a closet racist or do closet racists like to use the term? I agree with the latter. Surely unfair to say all people who use the term use it in a racial way. I think it’s an interesting topic that should be allowed to be discussed on this site, but I also don’t think people should be bashed for using it. It’s a legit observation about a player. But there does seem to be more people willing to ascribe “high IQ” to white players than black players. And as I said to Bruce, whenever we have off court trouble lots of posters go crazy with “thank god for Collin Hartman!” Instead of “thank god for Rob Johnson!”

  • sarge

    I think Yogi and CH have high IQ on the court, but everyone knows I am biased when it comes to the Indiana raised variety;-)

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    That’s only three of you, and I’m not interested in arguing with you. You don’t have to enter into this discussion if it doesn’t please you. I posted many other things about “basketball”, and you’re welcome to comment on those posts if you like.

  • dwdkc

    I think the evidence is that it generally hasn’t been used racially here. The player I’ve seen it attached to this year, more than anyone, is Juwan for having a high basketball IQ, because we are observing him for the first time. I believe there probably have been negative references to Troy in this context, but how can you discuss his game without talking about his decision-making? We are all bemoaning the AAU culture which predominates with the top recruits so it is becoming a more rare and valued commodity. As for the offcourt stuff, I don’t recall the “thank god for Collin Hartman” stuff. I recall references of appreciation for both him and RJ actually in those discussions.

  • dwdkc

    I don’t see it. He’s shown no signs of letting go of his grudge. And he even probably has a decent motivation that would keep him away–he knows his first return will overshadow anything else, so he isn’t going to take away the attention from the players from the ’76 team.

  • TomJameson

    Shhhh … Young thinks all his opinions, and everything he says, are facts. If you argue with him he’ll just keep coming back. Hahahahahaha

  • Jack Handey

    i always thought basketball iq meant being in the right place offensively or defensively. or being able to read a couple passes in advance. things like that.

    i was unaware i was being a closet racist.

  • Jack Handey

    waaaait a tick

    is this like the ‘sneaky athletic’ argument?