Was browsing through my favorite Michigan blog to get the skinny on 7-0 Wolverines. Joey and his Michigan buddies are not totally sold on the ratface's protege, but they are somewhat (cautiously) optimistic after the fast hoops start in Ann Arbor. To say that Joey is not biggest fan of Amaker (and you guys think we are harsh on poor Dorrell) is an understatement. Here is Joey on Amaker before the season got started:
These same people also like point to Amaker's increasing win totals (11-18; 17-13; 23-11; 13-18*) while ignoring that Michigan is usually an inefficient, disorganized mess on offense that often fails to adequately box out, rotate on defense, move the ball, and penetrate. And let's not even talk about offensive production in crunch time, situations that require excellent preparation and clear understanding of basketball strategy.
There is, of course, a chance that Tommy Amaker knows what he's doing. As mentioned above, he finally has a healthy roster wholly populated by his players. And perhaps his increasing win totals are indicative that his players are learning. However, I remain a resolute skeptic. Show me an Amaker player who has become appreciably better during his time in Ann Arbor; show me an Amaker post player in possession of an actual low-post skill set; show me an Amaker team that plays organized offense; show me an Amaker team that knows what a good shot is and how to get one in crunch time--should I continue?