The way Jeremiah Masoli is playing Johnny Manziel isn’t going to see the field anytime soon.
Between Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, with the outcome all but a fait accompli, LeBron James spoke to the media in a particularly reflective session. I felt like in order to win, you’ve got to have talent, but you’ve got to be very cerebral too, he said. Listen, we’re all NBA players. Everybody knows how to put the ball in the hoop. But who can think throughout the course of the game?
Now, more than ever, front offices and coaches have come to this conclusion as well. Asked what kind of skills they currently place a premium on, basketball IQ was mentioned more than raw athleticism.
Pure overall intellect is required now, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. It’s hard to play with guys who don’t understand concepts, don’t understand tendencies and don’t understand analytics. You need the intellectual factor to succeed as a player and as a team.
Ryan converted his garage into a boxing gym in order to work out with trainer Galen Turner, who was recommended to Ryan by Eddie George. The former Titans running back has worked out with Turner for years and has joined Ryan for workouts that George believes will be rewarding for Ryan once he’s back on the field.
[Boxing] translates to you being on the football field, especially for a guy like Logan, George said, via the team’s website. When you are playing the press coverage and jamming up a receiver, knowing where the hand placement goes, which shoulder to go after to get the receiver off-balance and so forth, all that helps out. And from a mental standpoint and hand-eye coordination, it puts you in a different frame of mind, if you will. I like to call it spiritual conditioning. … He’s picked up the nuances of the punches and knowing when to slip and when to dip, and when to lay a combination. It’s now gotten into his muscle memory, and it is fascinating how he is able to mirror the hands with the feet, and it is going to translate well when he goes on the field.