Two years ago
The real problems at the World Cup
I see the threads about choking and about sacking Lemanis.
IMHO they're all wrong.
We didn't choke, we collapsed through exhaustion.
That's what we need to fix.
And, perhaps surprisingly, the answer is obvious.
One option I suppose, is that instead of choosing Ballers, we recruit Marathon runners...
Put simply, our top guys played too many minutes. Across all games, and especially in the finals. The ONLY way to fix that, is to play LESS minutes.
Now I suppose one option might be to have one of the 5 on the court, lay down and have a rest in the keyway. Not sure what the rules say about that.
Otherwise literally the only way you can fix this is to have other players take some of those minutes.
In a perfect world, for Tokyo, we replace Sobey, Gliddon, and Barlow, with Exum, Broekoff, and Simmons. Problem solved.
But is that actually FIXING the problem?
For starters that's assuming that everybody is fit, firing, and available for Tokyo. It's assuming Simmons doesn't crack the shits starting on the bench. And its assuming we don't adapt by leaving Goulding, Creek, and Kay sitting on the bench polishing their balls.
In reality, I'd suggest the problem is some combination of the following:
> We picked 3 players who were literally useless.
> We made no attempt to inject them into the rotation
> In 3 easier games, Senegal, Dominicans, and the Czechs our starters didn't put the hammer down to allow the bench scrubbers to get minutes.
Who do we blame for this? Is it all on Lemanis? Do we not have assistants responsible for those players?
I saw in another thread many defending Sobey. So why wasn't he able to play minutes? By all accounts he's a decent 1/2, so why couldn't he sub Delly & Mills?
On his game I thought Gliddon was as good as Bubbles, yet he never even looked like getting on the court.
Creek seemed to have a limited role, and we didn't seem to have plan to sub Ingles. He played far too many minutes.