1.13: Vittorio Tafur on the Cal Bears
We have to run. I think hidden in the -- in order on you have to defend order and and if you defend and you have to board. And it's it's it's a combination of things is never -- -- there's never a time that we don't wanna run. But if you don't if you don't do the job on the boards and or you don't do -- job defensively than you're not going to be able to run and we try to emphasize that we needed to do that. I thought that we got. And you know compared to the other night with a twelve -- you know to zero on fast break points I think that was huge difference for us. We're just -- open court I mean there's no question about it Jones better on the push. Guess in the basket when you've got people running backwards and you have to do that as best you can and you gotta make good decisions so. Thought that was it was important for us. While that is interest and -- -- influence from Mike Montgomery's two years in the NBA coaching the Warriors but he actually said there's never a time we don't wanna run something he said very seldom -- And never said at Stanford -- always said that their big guys and the low post Indy would play with a lot of half court sets but he knows his personnel in Berkeley they need to get up in the -- up the floor and even after a made basket he wants his team to run run or wanna bring in net -- -- taper covers the cal Bears of Mike Montgomery. For the San Francisco chronicle to me. That's a sign of a good head coach right there adjusting to his personnel there's no question the Bears are not good in the half court they need to run at every opportunity. Now Randall's one breaststroke point guards in the country. -- -- passing and give the ball up court and mentioned Robertson Christopher so. Their wide open pretty -- amateur three guys are definitely. Can score her. But -- they gotta have a a little bit of a post presence and a -- job is an intriguing guy. Didn't see -- much last years of freshman and out a sophomore year. He's gotten a little bigger is up to about 250 pounds he is seven feet three. What's your impression on Mack John and as the conference unfolds editorial how much do they not able -- throw him the ball in the post. Well I think he's run before there are a work in progress and luckily for him -- -- turns so drivers here that. Actually are firmer -- brilliant -- defining. Have a short run against who's your mom in Berkeley barker wrote. Let him or anger to a superstar doing march -- or. He can be factors you block shots and humor and dark -- That's good to be 73 you conduct without having to leave your feet and I'd have to get off the Florida can also block shots without having to jump which was a great skill. Are -- injured or a goatee -- I thought tossed in the the UCLA game at is he gonna come back when they go up to Washington State and Washington this weekend Victoria. Bears out tomorrow part two more games she's about 80% to interview learning and the play and not play social or reason to rush convert -- -- -- -- -- -- -- so rude or lose 452 in stolen accomplish harvester. May have made that comment that the pac ten is that. Is that very get a earlier we all read this week this is the first time that a single pac ten school showed up at the top 25 go invective and years actually since the fact it even started. At a single school. But yet you make the point that nobody even got a vote. To -- it would go back to the gun underneath the top 25 and had a list of others receiving votes nobody was even in included in that referral a long stretch so. How bad is the pac ten right now -- how many losses. Could you get to eight losses this year and still win. The conference. I've been really bad or wrong word religious very young and experienced but unfortunately I've watched ever to play this year and it's the larger the Cowboys should weigh in Margarito -- -- effort celts should win the preferences. They have most experienced probably the most power but not a very big but. It's -- for over a year to work to seize the moment. While they were predicted to Wendy got a pac ten which they've not done since up eagles' final year and in Berkeley. I think the key game is going to be Saturday when they when they go up to Seattle to take on Quincy Poindexter in the Washington Huskies do. I've gotten off to a curious start they won their first game and now they've lost three in a row. If you do think cal as the team to beat what do you think is gonna press -- all the way to the end this year Victoria. Let it should be Washington you're going to -- the backcourt bachelor of them are he's got a front -- Somewhere there where wrong where we lose big terrorist or burger throws fruits and return Burton are. About -- reason for mr. staff different versions are playing well so it's a big weekend or. For them as much more than for -- and they need to win both games as we can learn to actually do tractor. Insurers are editorial does cover the cal Bears for the San Francisco chronicle.
Cal beat writer Vittorio Tafur breaks down the Bears Men's Basketball team.