Here is my attempt at his writing style, poorly executed of course. One of my favorite movies is Swingers, and based off of lines from that movie I have some thoughts for the Cougs and Coug fans for next year.
Keep a few things in mind while reading, this was written after the end of the regular season, prior to the NIT and DeAngelo's suspension/revoked suspension. And finally, this was written firmly with tongue in cheek.
I had meant to update this piece once the season truly ended, but between the soon to occur birth of my first child and the preparations with work/family for that arrival I am not going to have time.
So without further ado, here we go.
The 2010-11 Cougar's Basketball Season and it's relationship to Swingers.
Mikey: How did you get over it? I mean, how long did it take?
Rob: Sometimes it still hurts. You know how it is, man. It's like, you wake up every day and it hurts a little bit less, and then you wake up one day and it doesn't hurt at all. And the funny thing is, is that, this is kinda wierd, but it's like, it's like you almost miss that pain.
Coug Nation, it is time. Maybe next year we will miss the pain, maybe we will just forget that we ever experienced it in the first place. But no longer should we hold on to the memory of what once was. And with that, we have to get rid of certain believes.
WSU can't win in an up-tempo style - We can. We have. And we have done it with players recruited to play slow, grind it out defense. We may never have the athletes of UW, UCLA, or UofA, but Coach Bone has shown us that he can bring in a type of player that fits what he wants to do. And what he wants to do is play faster then we believe WSU can. He wants to play zone defense. He wants to trap, use gimmicks, move the ball on offense and shoot. Coach Bone is ok with shots early in the shot clock, shots late in the shot clock, and everything in between.
WSU can't recruit players west of the Cascade - Right now there is a true golden age in high school basketball in the state of Washington. The quality of play, the differences in styles, and the athleticism is simply remarkable. And the coaching is increasingly of very high quality. The great thing for WSU, Coach Bone has plenty of connections over here, and UW and UO simply don't have space for all of the talent that the area is producing. Maybe WSU isn't going to ever get the true top talent (Wroten, IT, etc.) but we can make a living with the next level guys from here and a few good imports.
It's a new era of WSU basketball, and it is time to let go of our past under Tony. And you know what, I might miss the pain of him leaving just a little bit, but I'll enjoy the future even more.
Trent: I don't want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone's *really* hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you're not sure whether or not you like yet. You're not sure where he's coming from. Okay? You're a bad man. You're a bad man, Mikey. You're a bad man, bad man.
Brock Fire Marshall Motum, time to develop a mean streak. Bulk up a little, and get ready to bang a little harder.
I know that Brock will never play the Baynes roll of inside force of nature, but at times he is too soft around the rim and blockable. The next step in his maturation is being a true inside compliment to Casto, taking some pressure off of Casto by forcing true respect from opposing bigs. The ability to bang for rebounds, block a few shots, and finish around the rim with strength will make us better.
Trent: Excuse me darling. I'm sorry. Wow. I want you to remember this face here, OK, this is the guy behind the guy behind the guy.
Faisal, you are the guy behind the guy. You are not THE GUY. Hit open shots, make the occasional drive, and feel free to pass. But the guy behind the guy needs to use fewer than 150% of possessions when on the floor, and you too often forget this.
Trent: There's nothing wrong with letting the girls know that you're money and that you want to party.
Klay, the "girl" is the NBA. And I know you want to let them know you are money and you're ready to party next year. But really, the way to prove you are money is to dominate the Pac 10, go out as player of the year and a 6 or better seed in the tournament, make a memorable shot in March and head off to the NBA party as a rock star and not as a project. You're money, but you're not really ready to party until you play in a meaningful game in March and shine.
Note: I wrote the above paragraph before his 43 in the opening of the Pac 10. But it still holds. A game on FSN that started at 11:30 pm on the East Coast wasn't seen by the majority of the country. And no NIT game really sets the stage for greatness in the NBA. Finally, come back to clear the air of the smoky haze that the final regular season game in Pullman left.
Trent: I'm gonna make Gretzky's head bleed for super fan 99 over here.
DeAngelo and Reggie, it's time to bring it every night. If we are going to grow as a team next year we have to have our top three going for blood every time they take the court. Outside the court issues kept us from being at 100% this past season, next year we need to see an increased ability to put that all to the side. This applies to Marcus and Abe as well, as it is the final chance for these guys that say this team and school means a lot to them to play together, win together, and do something special. Go for blood, make Gretzky's head bleed.
Mikey: Vegas, baby. VEGAS!!!!
Assuming Klay and DeAngelo come back, next year it is the tournament or bust. That is all that matters now. Get to the tournament. Anything less next year will truly be a failure.