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Great quote from Lacy Banks' column in today's Sun-Times regarding "a lack of aggression on defense in the team's second practice."
Coach wants the rest of his players to follow Trenton Hassell's lead in focusing on defense."Did anybody foul anybody?'' he screamed. "Did anybody put a [expletive] body on a player driving and trying to shoot?"
The players seem receptive to his criticism/motivation:"Trenton is a very good defender, but we're going to need everybody else to defend as a team,'' he said. "It's a matter of the others having the desire and putting forth the effort. All of them are capable of being good defenders.''
"They're fast, they're quick, they're long enough to keep up with their opponents,'' Cartwright said.
If this is the main focus of training camp and practices, I don't see any reason why the Bulls can't become a respectable defensive team this year. They've got the physical abilities -- it just comes down to the effort and dedication...Offensive-oriented players such as Williams, Robinson and Rose are eager to show Cartwright they can step it up on the other end.
"That's a part of my game that a lot of people tend to overlook because they pay more attention to my offense,'' Williams said.
"But as the point man, I've got to help set the tone, apply pressure on the ball, get strips [off the blind side] and initiate the breaks."