Larry Hughes Play-Stealing Update
[First, your Brendan Haywood playing time udpate. Will it change in Game 2, Eddie Jordan was asked?
"There could be a change," Jordan said. "I don't know yet. I'm hoping that Etan can start off really well, and that we can go with a normal rotation. And Brendan's been the first big off the bench. Now, what he does with that is up to him."]
Anyhow, scurrying media types scurried today to ask the Wizards how emotionally devastated they were by Larry Hughes's blatant play-stealing on Sunday. From Michael Lee's WaPo story today:
Hughes chuckled after the game as he shared a story about how he shouted out a play as Wizards point guard Antonio Daniels dribbled up the court. Daniels, perplexed, looked to the Wizards' bench, hoping for Jordan to call another play. "I have fun playing those guys," Hughes said. "It's not anything heated. It's no animosity for me leaving. It's all fun. Nothing personal."
Barring a Caron Butler miraculous return, a parade I rained on below, the most interesting story line of the day was how the Wizards would deal with this infidelity.
"Be more discrete, be more discrete in our play calling and our sets," Jarvis Hayes said. "I mean, we haven't figured it out yet. Maybe we have to whisper it while they're on the free throw line or something, or lay out some cards or something."
"Disguise our play calling," seconded DeShawn Stevenson. "I think Antonio did a good job with that sometimes, but every time coach gives us a play, Larry's putting it to the bench, so it's tough."
I asked how one would disguise the play calling.
"Actually call a play that he knows, and run it a different way," Stevenson said. "There's many different ways. We've got so many plays, but Larry, he knows all the plays. He's cheating on all the plays."
Others were not worried about that.
"Man, I'm not worried about that," Antonio Daniels said. "We've gto to play. We've got to play. I know y'all looking for the game within the game, but we've got to play basketball. We can't afford to worry about that. He played here for a while, he knows what's going on, so we've got to play, we've got to counter it."
"How," he was asked, yielding one of the greatest responses of the season.
"By countering it," Daniels explained. "If they take something away on the floor, the Princeton offense is set up for counters. So if there's something that we're running and they take it away, we have to go to something else."
And the boss agreed with A.D.
"We're calling out their plays, too, so that's nothing different," Eddie Jordan said. "When we hear a call, we know exactly what they're doing. And can you stop it? That's the second part of it....Larry Hughes knows some of the counters of what we do, and that's probably the more important thing. We understand that people know what we're going to do, we have counters for it, but Larry's been in our system so that he knows the counters. So sometimes you have to coach around that. But that's no different than what we know about what they do."
I would love for Ron Jaworski to break this down for me. What I'm gathering is, everyone on every team knows the opponents' plays, but not everyone knows the counters. What I'm wondering is why aren't there counters for those who know the counters?
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