Joseph Russell 
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Re: “Three (Quick) Thoughts on the Lawsons' Exodus

Memphis basketball is about to hit its nadir. Had coach Smith kept Keelon Lawson on his staff as an assistant coach, we would been guaranteed to have amazing players for the next 5 or 6 years. Now, the cupboard is bear, very bear!

I understand that coach Smith did not hire Keelon Lawson, he inherited him. But, he inherited a pipeline of top-notch players for the next five or six years. If he did not want to take advantage of that pipeline and wanted to relegate Keelon to less of a position than he had originally agreed to, he should have been beating the local bushes and kissing the local babies' booties, to insure a future influx of talent.

He chose to not respect Keelon and to not kiss booty. He will do things his way with mediocre players and Memphis may or may not make an NCAA appearance during his reign. If we do make one, it will be short-lived.

We had a stubborn Josh Pastner who was, for several years, a great recruiter and a terrible floor coach. All he needed to get the ball rolling was to hire a decent XO assistant and lean on him. Had he done so, Memphis would have been a perennial top 25 team. Josh did not do this, until he reached Georgia Tech, where the AD insisted he do so. Guess what Josh, it worked! Now we have a stubborn Tubby Smith who has the keys to success in front of him; kiss the booty of the local high school and AAU coaches, the local parents, and the local prospects or let Keelon be an assistant coach, as he was hired to be.

Tubby has chosen to keep his own staff, let his lone recruiter work himself to death, mostly unsuccessfully, and not engage the local talent. I am not sure if his approach is lazy or stubborn or both, but it is not smart.

I hope Tubby will surprise me, but I doubt it!

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Posted by Joseph Russell on 04/07/2017 at 2:31 PM
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