Pekovic struggling to fit in

  • Article by: Kent Youngblood , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The center has not found his spot in the offense.

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mccovey69Nov. 8, 13 6:21 AM

Yeah, I have been missing the Pek of last year. I understand how things have changed, but I hope adjustments by all can be made soon so Pek can get back into the flow of the offense.

ljb6599Nov. 8, 13 9:03 AM

It just seems like a player now making 12 million per year should not have an issue with fitting in....

hjlazniNov. 8, 1310:10 AM

Articles here have earlier reported that Adelman stated he has changed the offense this year. Maybe the writers for the Strib would benefit from reading and remembering such facts instead of scratching their heads and creating conjecture.

snoozecruise1Nov. 8, 1310:51 AM

Many centers, even when Pek has them sealed, can block his shot from behind without any help defense. He appeared to have adequate room to get his shot off against Bogut, but it was easily rejected two or three times and altered a couple more times. While better team offensive execution will help everyone be more successful including Pek, it would be nice if he mastered, say, four moves. With his back to the basket, he cannot go to his right effectively at all. When he tries a left-handed hook, it is a disaster, so he continues to go left, which everyone knows he is going to do. I agree that kicking it back out and receiving the ball again will likely help him get the slim margin he needs to increase his chances of scoring with his very limited offensive game. One would think he could master a jump hook a la Love and Lee and Hibbert. It is very early and our team needs time to learn how to play successfully together. Unlike more athletic teams, the Wolves will have to play consummate team ball in order to win. When they do that, they are very fun to watch. Beautiful ball movement and team defense is, IMO, the best kind of basketball.

abemntocalNov. 8, 1311:43 AM

As Coach sez, a lot of Peks problems are about spacing. K Love should be the only one near the lane when Pek gets the ball, except for cutters. Lately everyone is down there, which is not how the offense should run. If they can clear out the lane Pek will be just fine one-on-one. As for the bench............

MuddyOasisNov. 8, 1312:50 PM

Pek is the juggernaut....if he catches the ball when he's moving he is a ton harder to stop. Straight dumping the ball into him with back to the basket he is less effective.

abemntocalNov. 8, 13 3:30 PM

Hey Muddy, really like the Juggernaut reference. Just gotta get Pek one of those helmets. And I also agree that early offense is what Pek does best.

MuddyOasisNov. 8, 13 3:56 PM

I don't mean early offense. I mean not the standard post up. Like if he is moving after a screen or something the defender can't get his feet set against his size.

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