I just upgraded my seats in 115 was hoping we’d still be in the neighborhood.Other thoughts and impressions:
Devon Cooper did not participate. He spent time riding the stationary bike on the sidelines. No idea why.
Victor Bailey looked like the real deal. At one point he scored about 10 straight on drives, mid range, and 3's. Hoping for big things from him.
Ronald Polite and Devin Dinkins went head to head, it's going to be an interesting competition. Dinkins played HARDER than I ever saw in high school. A pass first point guard who defensively showed me more than he ever did in high school. Encouraged by what I saw. Polite had his moments and scored off the dribble and 3. He was more secure with the ball than what I have seen in the past.
Singleton was matched up against Fernandez for much of the day. Fernandez was better defensively than I had hoped for. Singleton did not run point and displayed a variety of skills.
Nnaji had one thunderous breakaway dunk but clearly, IMO, needs to develop in the half-court game. Work on your hands young man!
Malik Henry was the player I felt has improved the most on both ends. He had post moves and touch that he has not had the previous two years. He has much to offer this year. I hope all works out medically.
Good intensity overall. We are so much deeper, more skilled, and more athletic than we have ever been. We will get better through practice because we no longer have the likes of Hartwell on the court giving up easy buckets and throwing up bricks.
Free throws need to get better!
Much more to process.
Take it all with a grain or a "lost shaker of salt" because it's day 1. I'm just happy as hell the season is near.
On a personal note. I bid farewell to section 115. I have moved over to 116 in the hopes that the change will in turn change our fortunes.
What happened to Henry? Glad he's ok.
Holy shit. Glad he’s ok. Sounds like he had a heart attack.He slowly collapsed mid-court during the full court scrimmage. A bunch of players and a trainer helped to carry him off. The trainer was hitting him repeatedly on his side looking like she was trying to awaken him, felt his chest, then asked for another trainer to go get the AED. The trainer ran off hurriedly to go get it and when he came back with it they carried Malik off to the tunnel... no idea what happened after that aside from maybe 20-30 minutes later getting loaded onto the ambulance while sitting up and texting.