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How worried are you about Ski's game right now?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Nov 26, 2014.

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How worried are you about Ski?

  1. Hugely concerned

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  2. Somewhat concerned

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  3. Not concerned

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    4 games into the season and he's had two 1st half benchings along with having a clear difficulty with finding his groove.

    I'm as big of a Ski supporter as they come, but this year I have seen a lot of Ski doing his thing while the team is trying to do something else. Feels like he's pressing as he tries to wear the mantle of being the lone senior.

    Trying to do too much. Wanting too much to be the man.

    I'm actually a bit worried. Actually, very worried.

    Is he too focused on proving that he deserves an NBA shot as a PG and not focused enough on finding his role within a team concept? He's so much better than what he has shown. CU needs Ski to come around if this season is going to become special.
     
  2. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    Not concerned at all. Ski's gonna Ski. He'll throw up some clunkers. He'll probably also be the reason we win several games.
     
  3. Buffalo Brad

    Buffalo Brad Club Member Club Member

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    I think Tad agrees with you as evidenced by the benchings for the first half of two games. He is sending a message to get on board. I think once Ski gets "it" with the new system, he will be fine. Collier and XT are playing well in the preseason but we will need Ski if this team is going to be able to pull some special wins.
     
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  4. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    Career 37% shooter, he tends to be a black hole in the half court offense and he wants to be the primary scorer on the team. Huge concerns with his role on the team.
     
  5. hokiehead

    hokiehead Gobbler on the Mountain Club Member

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    moderately concerned. This appears to be an attitude/mental/emotional thing (physically, he looks good moving on the court), and it's not obvious how this will be resolved. I haven't seen Boyle handle personal/psychological issues like this and it appears there's significant recovery that needs to happen. Also, since the details were posted in Barzil2, I don't think most at Allbuffs can appreciate the severity of the issues that led to Booker getting suspended for those two first half-games.

    The other part is his shot. I don't think its shot selection (i.e. I haven't seen him lob up a bunch of low-percent shots), he's just missing. I doubt if he has the confidence to take another buzzer beater right now as he did last year.

    There was speculation here during the off-season that Booker's best shot at the NBA was at point. If that's true, I'm sure he's not happy at all with his current role.
     
  6. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Minor concern, basically that he adjusts to a slightly different role. I think he will.
     
  7. KingPants

    KingPants Club Member Club Member

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    Been concerned since last year. Hope moving him out of the PG role will help. Not a fan of the drive up the court and throw up a quick shot before anyone is set, especially from someone who can't shoot.
     
  8. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I think Ski is conflicted right now. He sees his only real chance of making an NBA roster as a PG. So he's trying to be PG. The problem is he's NOT a point guard. And this team really needs a solid point guard. Collier is likely going to take over that role. Ski needs to get himself together pretty quick or he'll be sitting behind J Hop all year long.
     
  9. Tractor

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    I put not concerned for a different reason.

    The team can function without him. If Dom develops, we've got him at 1, XT at 2 to hit the 3s when the d collapses on our bigs, XJ, Wes and Josh.

    Ski might be the guy who singlehandedly can win us games, but he can just as equally singlehandedly lose games. I agree "on" Ski obviously helps the team, but the team can win without him getting 30 minutes a game.
     
  10. BuffTE41

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    This. I fully expect him to go off for 20 point plus games this year and get us some nice wins.
     
  11. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    Really interested to see his shot breakdown. He doesn't seem to be taking many shots at the rim.
     
  12. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Unless you define "at the rim" as "take a crazy run at the basket with three defenders between you and the hoop and throw up a prayer".
     
  13. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    medium concern.
     
  14. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    It's been a long time since the MVP award at the Charleston classic.
    Not worried, but pleased to have a deep enough bench to look look with or without Ski on the floor. When he's on, you never know what you are going to get on offense.
     
  15. CVilleBuff

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    If Ski is harboring any NBA dreams interfering with his play, they need to stop. Just play.

    We need Ski gunning. No point guard over thinking. Be in the 2 spot, launch 3's, long 2's that jg loves, and drive. When shots aren't falling, drive.

    Weirdly had déjà vu with this post, btw (seriously)
     
  16. BuffG

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    This was to be expected once we knew he still had NBA dreams. Dom will be physically challenged to withstand the whole year as lead guard. Can they balance each other's down swings? Timing will be huge. Ski was a heck of a PG in February. Let's hope he can man up & stop the poor Iverson impersonation soon. Until then, I got my popcorn out for the Collier Show.
     
  17. BuffLuKe

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    I'd say a little worried, sounds like he's pressing more than anything. Once he settles down, shots will start falling. I always like to see the ball get through the net with something easy to start. Be a layup, ft, whatever. Seems to get a scorer going.
     
  18. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    I don't agree with all this "we need Ski to be Ski". We don't need him to be a low % gunner. Ski has 2 full seasons behind him of low percentage shooting from the field, high turnover rate and an inability to get to the line. Sure there are spectacular moments at times, but there's all kinds of poor decision-making that continue to plaque his game.

    I've talked about "good Ski / Bad Ski" before and I believe Tad is done with bad Ski. He has to play within the framework of the system and he needs to use his considerable talents in a disciplined and productive manner. If he doesn't, he makes us a BAD team, a really BAD team.

    Ski zipping the ball around and making some excellent passes vs. Air Force was what we need. Ski launching early long shots, or driving into triple-teams... not so much. I saw both Ski's out there and we just need the first one. If not, I'd rather see the Sophs and Collier out there.
     
  19. dbwbuff

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    I'm not concerned about Ski. We pounded AF by 25 when Ski watched. We lost when he played. He dominated the ball when he was in with collier thus making Dom less effective. I'm not worried about Ski, I'm worried that Boyle doesn't understand that we are a better team when Ski doesn't play.
     
  20. rolandftw

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    Have to be concerned with him basically playing a different position, and trying to do things that just are not in his skill set. He just doesn't have PG skills, and it shouldn't have taken Tad games into the season to figure that out.

    Yes his odds of playing in the NBA were only really possible at the PG position, but again, that is not his skill set. Not everyone has to be a NBA player. It's not a failure of Ski if he just happens to be a good, but inconsistent college basketball player. He can play professionally, if that's something he wants to do, but it is almost certainly not going to be in the NBA

    Need Dom to mature into the PG role quickly, and there should be less pressure on Ski
     
  21. DBT

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    I'd like to know what the hell is going on with him behind the scenes. He has sat the start of 2 games, including the entire first half of the Air Force game. What's up with that?
     
  22. CVilleBuff

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    I want Collier out there. I want him out there with Ski.
     
  23. tante

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    I heard some things but it was only form a single source stop I refrained from posting. I'll see if I can corroborate with another source.
     
  24. BlackNGold

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    I always felt that Ski is a 6th man type player - bring him off the bench for some energy and a change up - he would still get 20 plus minutes a game. He tends to be streaky type of players and if one part of his game is not working (shooting) then everything else seems to fall apart (ball handling and defense). When he is on he can be a force.
     
  25. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    He can definitely do that.

    We've also seen games when he gets the team off to a hot start.

    Regardless, he needs to be playing 25 minutes + a night and definitely needs to be on the court the last 5 minutes for his press breaking and FT shooting.
     
  26. Scotch

    Scotch Registered User Club Member Junta Member

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    :nod:

    Ski will be fine. He's had to make adjustments before, and he'll figure it out again.
     
  27. jgisland

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    Ski needs to be frosh ski. Take it to the rack with reckless abandon, never ever take a 2pt jumper with less than 5 seconds left on the shot clock, take transition buckets at the rim and open 3's on a kickout. He doesn't turnover the ball, doesn't throw it away, shot selection is his downfalll.
     
  28. KingPants

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    My concern is that frosh Ski was the abortion, not the norm...
     
  29. BehindEnemyLines

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    Auto-correct?
     
  30. torerobuff

    torerobuff Dancing is forbidden Club Member

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    Do you mean with more than 5 seconds on the shot clock? If so, I agree. Under 5 seconds someone has to take that shot, even if it's a bad shot.
     

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