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  1. Just to add to what I already wrote about his coaching style and to expand on this specific question you asked : He's once again like Pop when it comes to the brand of basketball. He doesn't have a particuler brand of basketball. He looks at his roster first and identifies each players strenghts and weaknesses and then builds a specif style of play which allows to maximize the potential of every player within the confines of the entire team. As the season progresses, he adjusts and refines the teamplay to allow everyones strenghts to come to the forefront and benefit the team as a whole. He does the same with the weaknesses of every player. He hides them as best as he can and always stretches the potential of the team on both ends. He learns his team first and then starts adjusting for each and every opponent, taking into account the goods and the bads of both teams. You could see him run Grit and Grind style and you could see him run Run and Gun style depending on his roster and the opponent.
  2. To me he's carbon copy of Greg Popovich. X's and O's with good in game adjustments and pretty much the same type of in your face and sarcastic approach when dealing with his players on the court. Telling them directly when they do stupid **** on D or on O. He doesn't back down from anybody. So he's hard on his players on the court. But it's all about the mental aspect. He wants everybody to make clever decisions and play hard all the time. That being said, he doesn't push his players physically like a Tom Thibodeau and gives players games off here and there for rest and manages minutes with good rotations that allows his team to not miss a beat, no matter who's on the floor. Off the court he is also exactly like Pop. He's like a father, helping everybody to deal with life stuff, having deep conversations one on one and throwing dinner parties where everybody is invited. The players love him for being hard on them, but also very kind and caring at the same time. He's all about no bull****ing anybody. He's a great motivator and pushes everybody to be the best they can be, but he also shares love and takes care of everyone. I think at his current age, Jasikevicius is probably a little more crazy with his antics and emotions on the floor. He's very likely to draw quite a few technicals from the refs at any time which would result in him being ejected at least a couple of times for sure. He defends or at least tries to defend his players and his team against everybody and anybody when he feels like they're not being treated fairly. He always and everywhere quickly becomes a fan favorite as a coach as was the case when he was a player. He's a winner. And a charismatic one at that.
  3. I'm not shy. I just find that most posts and discussions on boards are about nothing and I have nothing to add to that nothingness. I hate when a couple of posters get into "who's right" discussions and take up the entire space. Once in a while I read something informative and worth a discussion and sometimes I feel like I can contribute with some info that I have and hope it's worth other's attention.
  4. I would consider myself as a basketball junkie, but not much of a forum guy posting rather rarely on any site, although I read a lot and I follow basically all the ball leagues there are on this globe. Here is what I know about Jasikevicius. He's a genius in basketball. The only guys in the NBA I can compare him to are Popovic and Brad Stevens. He is an incredible observer and makes necessary changes on the fly. You know when you're observing a game and with 95% of coaches you get frustrated that they don't adjust between 1st and 2nd halfs, or even between games (playoffs)? You see the obvious thing that doesn't work, yet your coach is running the same plays on O and D game in and game out? Or the same substitution patterns that didn't allow to counter that which the opposing team is doing? Well, Jasikevicius is the extreme opposite of that. He observes what the other team does in 3-4 straight plays and calls a timeout if necessary and does the necessary adjustment right away. Wether it's zone D, doubling a specific player, taking away a certain drive or angle that initiates that action, explains it to his players, makes the necessery substitution(s) which would allow to defend that play or make a specif play on O where he sees a seam that can be immediately exploited based on personnel, strategy and the actions being run by the other team. He sees more than any player on the court (either team) and he sees more than the opposing coach. But most importantly, he's willing to make adjustments immediately. Not next quarter, not next half, not next game. And when his adjustments are made, and you see the immediate impact, you have that "aha" moment and realize what he did there. It's an amazing feeling the coach having an impact. He maximizes the capabilities of his own roster. It's like he's a live computer running all the advanced stats in his head and seeing all the plays on the fly that must be run in order to maximize the potential outcome. It's just incredible. Every game you watch with him, all the TV announcers are mostly talking about what he's doing, his adjustments, not the players of either team. He's got that much of an impact as a strategist. When you watch the games he's coaching, even when they lose in the end, you never feel like the team should have employed a different strategy or used different plays. There are no complaints to be made about the coaching. So even with an L, you always come away with the feeling that the team played hard and played right, but that on that night the other team was just better, more talented, more accurate. Consider this. In the Euroleaugue, his team was always last or 2nd last placed before he took over as HC. Since he took over, they made the playoffs 3 straight years and made to the final 4 last year and almost made the finals. All of that against teams that have 3 times the budget for their roster. Yes, his team's roster over the 3 years was the cheapest or second cheapest in the entire league! For what he achieved and to put this into NBA equivalent : he basically took this years Phoenix Suns and guided them to the playoffs for 3 straight years and made them go to the western conference finals where they lost to GSW in 7 games. Nobody ever in the history of the euroleague has ever done anything like it. Not a fluke thing. 3 straight years of high caliber play in the playoffs from such a low budget, low talent team. He's a very emotional guy, barks a lot at refs, at his players, at everybody that comes close to him during the heat of the game. He's highly invested in every second of every game. By that virtue he's an automatic leader of the team, despite standing at the sideline (cause he's so intense, he barelly ever sits), but he's ALWAYS thinking and actually out-thinking everybody. I think that this type of coach who has an extreme hands-on approach would have a hard time to be accepted on a team full of stars and big egos, but I don't see that problem with Memphis, where most players are young, high character and willing to listen. If JV is still here, it would help too. Because he's kind of the de facto leader on this team, a veteran and has played european ball before coming to the NBA and playing for his national team over the summers. He knows what that looks like and he always supports his coaches. So he would lead by exemple for the other players on this roster. I think that if Jasikecius reciprocates the interest that the Grizz management have shown, they should absolutely sign him and give him free reign to show off his basketball mastermind. Maybe for some players it would be hard to understand where he's going with his coaching in the beginning, but I'm certain they would all fall in line after 10 games or so. They would rather quickly realize that they're dealing with a basketball savant. Go after him as hard as you can. P.S. His post-game or in-game interviews are highly enjoyable. He doesn't give you the standard corporate answers along the lines "the other team played harder... or ... we executed better...". He really gives you incredible insight, breaks down plays the other team was running, the adjustments that have been made and why, what the point of those were, what the weakneses are he identified and tried or succeded to exploit... gives details on players, the rotations and then he'll throw in a sarcastic joke or two in there for ****s and giggles. He's got a great personality. Very likeable and is highly respected by fans (from all teams), players (all teams) and media.
  5. In the end, I could see JV signing with the Lakers or some other realistic contender. JV is as loyal, friendly and honest a human being as they come, but he's also a competitor. When he started his career in Toronto, he was young as was the team. He wants to win now and he will consider ALL the options, but especially those where he can get both - a team that is a contender and a team where he would be a real piece that will be used. Lakers I see as a prime destination for JV, but some other places could emerge, Memphis included. But it depends on all the upcoming off-season moves that will be made by all the teams, especially the moves the Grizzlies will do.
  6. BadGrizzly

    JV needs to go...sign contract

    I don't understand why they played JV tonight. I was absolutely certain they wouldn't let anyone of importance play tonight. After a tremendous effort the night before with an undermanned team, I was certain JV would sit out tonight. I didn't even watch the game, because I was SURE they would play 3rd stringers only. The risk of injury for a fatigued player goes up exponentially. I don't get it.
  7. BadGrizzly

    I want to hear why we dont keep JV?

    He has always put up the same numbers. It is just a question of how many minutes he plays. His per 36 in Toronto and Memphis are basically identical. It's just that JV never averaged more than 25 min/game. The problem in Toronto is that they always liked small ball lineups and JV always got the short end of the stick in the rotations. You look at his stats and he's always been the most productive Raptor of the roster with some of the best Off/Def differential on that team. When Playoffs rolled around and Demar and/or Lowry disappeared, JV stepped up. And yet, in the end he would still get the short end of the stick. With every year his production increases while minutes decreased. I never understood the logic behind it. I means look at JV unleashed in Memphis. The impact he's having on the game each time he's on the floor. It's above your average all-star level of impact. At times he looks like a superstar. Producing and most notably making clutch plays on both ends.
  8. Noah not playing means JV goes for 40, right? But that's hard to do against Adams. Adams is the strongest dude in the league. JV will need help. Hope Mike plays tonight.
  9. BadGrizzly

    I want to hear why we dont keep JV?

    I think there is still so much potential to be unlocked in JV's game. I mean him handling the ball so much and making decisions with the ball, even the aggressive drives where he dribbles more than 2 times, ALL of that is basically new for him. He never had the opportunity to make those decisions ever. He is basically a complete rookie with 13 games of experience with those plays. So sure, it's nor very refined so far, he turns the ball over quite a bit, but you can clearly see the enormous potential in his passing, his driving and all those little things. Some of those quick passes he's been making, you'd never see him make on the raptors. Even those hockey assists, where his first pass is key for the second logical pass that leads to the open shot, he makes very calculated decisions on those with very purposeful timing. It's probably the most amazing part of this change of scenary and his sudden evolution. The scoring and rebounding was kind of expected with increased role. Everybody who followed JV for the last few years knew he can be a very efficient 20&10 guy if given the opportunity, but all those other high IQ plays are coming to the forefront and are a way more surprising and overwhelmingly positive signs of yet untapped potential. They way he's playing and his decision making improving, I can easily see him average 20/10/5 and couple of blocks next season, which would probably put him in the AS game and propel him in to the top 5 elite bigs of this league.
  10. Well, this was one of those games that you have to write off. Nobody outside CJ had any offense to give. The energy was really low. I wonder if they had any travel issues before the game or some food poisoning. Cause that was exceptionally low energy from everybody. It's like they were 2-3 steps too slow at everything and every play. On O and on D.
  11. Those foul calls on JV were pathetic. Refs really annoy me sometimes.
  12. What's your point? It's pretty good in the league. Marc gets blocked 0.5 per game. JV gets blocked 0.6 per game. That's a margin of about 8 blocks over 82 games. 0.6 is actually Marc's career average. Some other bigs: Drummond gets blocked 1.3 per game. Steven Adams gets blocked 0.8 per game. Anthony Davis gets blocked 0.8 per game. Al Horford gets blocked 0.5 per game. As you see, for some one like JV who plays more close to the basket, post ups, put backs etc, in those situations everybody gets blocked more often. Guys like Horford and Marc shoot more mid-range and 3s than a guy like JV. So JV is pretty elite in this department.
  13. BadGrizzly

    Valanciunas 23 & 10 in 21 minutes

    Also, JV is quicker on his feet than he was last night. Sitting out 2 months will do that. Got to get his legs under him back first after a couple of games. You could see it on his FT attempts too.
  14. Where from do you guys get this whole idea of JV having an injury history? Over 7 seasons he got twice a hand injury, where guys hit him hard on the hand with the fist and he got his thumb dislocated. He missed 20 games the first time and 15 this year. That is it. He never had injuries common for bigs. No leg or back issues. Actually, it was funny how both times were very similar, yet so different. The first time was Kobe who injured JVs hand, but Kobe was sorry immediately, because that hard hit was completely unnecessary and he admitted it immediately as it happened. Kobe went to visit JV in the hospital right after the game and signed on his cast the meds hat put on his hand and left some gifts for JV. It was a very classy move by Kobe. The second time was this year, basically the same thing happened, as Draymond hit JV's hand hard (thumb was bent sideways), the refs missed the intentional hard contact and Draymond just looked at agonizing JV for a second and went the other way... He never approached JV after that incident. Draymond is a dirty player. Always has been, but he's also a lowlife, no class.
  15. Apparently JV won't be available for tonight's game. The immigration paperwork couldn't get done in time. So he'll play on tuesday... this sucks.