Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
I would have never guessed that. Bell seemed like a guy with really solid character. I figured Brown and Pressey were the two biggest headcases. On one hand, I applaud Haith for not throwing him under the bus publicly. A lot of coaches would. However, the holistic lack of discipline for the team falls largely upon his shoulders.
I said last year that I don't think the players respect him. Perhaps 2012-3 was just a bad brew.
I was surprised as well. Pressey and Bell were the issues... neither was very coachable, according to my guy (This is why they tried so hard to use NWC at the point).
I will give Haith some benefit of the doubt for this season because of the situation and what he accomplished in terms of chemistry the year before (i.e. getting Kim English to accept his role and that Denmon and Pressey were the guys who created shots, not him, getting Ratliffe to play inside and abandon his poor perimeter jumper, etc).
But there definitely were warning signs. If the chemistry is again good with this year's crew, I'll mark last season down as a player-specific issue. But I'm not going in blindly expecting that.