I have no problem with the continuing debate about Monty's use of game minutes, his reluctance to play his bench more minutes.
However, no harm in reminding that it is Monty who is an HOF coach, who currently is as good or better than he ever was. No one who writes on this site wants to win more than he does.
That does not put Monty above criticism and questioning, but it does amuse me to read many of the comments, where it is clear that the makers of the comments think that they both know more about the game and also could do better with the team than Monty does.
As much as I admired the Smith at the end of last year and even at the beginning of this one, I now cringe when the current version goes to the scorer's table.
However, that slouch of a coach still prefers him to the alternatives he has. We can rest assured that Monty has weighed his other options.
I would be surprised if we see a change in the rotation in what remains of this season.
It's not just Kentucky. NC has 8 guys playing 10+ and 1 @ 5+ MPG, Duke 8/2, Syr 10/1, KS 8/1. Cal is 7/2 and would be 8/2 if Solomon were eligible. UW has 7/1 who have played in 20 or more games and another 3 (Breunig, AS-J, Stewart) who've logged extensive minutes but in fewer than 20 games. I think we all have a tendency to put way too much emphasis on the depth of the rotation. Kamp might like to have more rest because of his knees, but he's held up. Most of the national leaders, we'd all agree, have significantly better talent pools and often win big but still play a similar core group to ours.
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Similar story when you look at the flip side - Cal's top guys are playing about as many mpg as other teams' top guys.
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I actually like our chances next season, since Monty will have to develop the next five off the bench if we realistically want to contend to do big things.
It is a matter of second choice when Cobbs needs a breather. There are only two options: 1) Smith at PG or 2) Jorge at PG. Pick your poison.
I am not saying I like Jorge at PG, I just dislike it less than Smith at PG, at least the way he has been playing of late. I'd rather play Jorge at PG and bring in Murray, Behrens or Kravish/Thurman.
This discussion is more akin to analyzing Zito's mechanics and what he could do to become a .500 pitcher.
However, I also can see Monty's perspective (or at least what I think is his perspective). Smith's contributions during the latter part of last year actually added value to the team. So if Brandon can reprise these previous performances, he will help us. With Murray, we are assuming that he will, with more opportunity, add value only glimpses of which we have actually seen.