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Kim responds to those wanting her to play more than 7 or 8 players.

Posted on 2/25/24 at 6:52 pm
Posted by tigerskin
Member since Nov 2004
40022 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 6:52 pm
Says she doesn’t play “the happy game.”

“The happy game gets your butt beat against teams you shouldn’t lose to”

She plays to win

Skip to 3:00 on the video

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This post was edited on 2/25/24 at 6:56 pm
Posted by Broski
Member since Jun 2011
70727 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 7:13 pm to
To be fair, the people asking for it aren't doing so because they care about the bench player's feelings. Rather, they want to keep the starters and rotation players from getting injured while they are on the floor in a game that is mathematically over.
Posted by LSUSkip
Central, LA
Member since Jul 2012
17522 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 8:27 pm to
That and getting Del Rosario, Velez, and Kent some good PT against SEC teams. We're going to need depth in the tourney. All it takes is a foul-happy ref like the one in the NC game and we're screwed.
Posted by nicholastiger
Member since Jan 2004
42327 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 8:28 pm to
They gonna criticize her like they did pitino
Posted by JoeWeDidIt
BR
Member since Mar 2021
191 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 8:39 pm to
Yeah, to hell with giving the subs meaningful minutes when you can afford to do so.

(-1000 in March) Mulkey belittles reporter for asking about a 2nd strings performance after a starter goes out with an injury.
Posted by tigerpierre
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2022
428 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 8:42 pm to
Those games vs UGA and KY may afford more bench opportunities
Posted by Jugular Joe
Member since Jan 2020
4334 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 9:31 pm to
That's my coach.
Posted by tigersbh
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2005
10216 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 11:43 pm to
With her track record I don’t think people should be second-guessing her. She is almost the skip Bertman of women’s college basketball at this point.
Posted by TigerCub
Team Boxtard
Member since May 2006
20168 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 11:45 pm to
I mean if she had 9 players that she trusted on the floor, I think she would be. But she doesn't at this time.
Posted by rattlebucket
SELA
Member since Feb 2009
11420 posts
Posted on 2/25/24 at 11:49 pm to
We have the best coach possible. This is best case scenario. Enjoy it while we have her. We should all shut up and enjoy the ride
Posted by slutiger5
Parroquias de Florida
Member since May 2007
10625 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 12:01 am to
Keeping your best players in keeps your program off sport center losing to a buzzer beater.
Posted by TigersJump
In a land far far away
Member since Feb 2018
2175 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 12:25 am to
quote:

Yeah, to hell with giving the subs meaningful minutes when you can afford to do so.

(-1000 in March) Mulkey belittles reporter for asking about a 2nd strings performance after a starter goes out with an injury.


I'll keep trusting one of the best coaches to ever do it in any sport. On the other hand, you can get back to screwing up a number 3 with no onions.
Posted by Havoc
Member since Nov 2015
28153 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 5:47 am to
CKM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Broski.
Posted by double d
Amarillo by morning
Member since Jun 2004
16402 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 6:06 am to
quote:

Says she doesn’t play “the happy game.”

“The happy game gets your butt beat against teams you shouldn’t lose to”

She plays to win


She's always played a small number of players, in early season blowouts she may empty the bench but when it's conference and tourney time she relies on her main 7.
Posted by Reubaltaich
A nation under duress
Member since Jun 2006
4962 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 6:39 am to
I get what she is saying but what is the old saying?

'Your bench players are one play from becoming a starter.'

No doubt, she has had amazing success as a player and a coach.

Injuries, illness, suspensions, player quitting the team, fouling out in critical games, giving your bench players some PT...

Posted by FLBooGoTigs1
Nocatee, FL.
Member since Jan 2008
54475 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 6:50 am to
Kim much like Jay Johnson did last year used the whole season to prepare for a championship run. It seems like they try different shite during the season to see how it works and if it means losing a few games than so be it but when it’s go time the best players will be on the court or field. Conferences championship or SEC tournament are nothing it’s the NATTY that matters.
Posted by Choupique19
The cheap seats
Member since Sep 2005
61747 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 7:43 am to
quote:

Kim much like Jay Johnson did last year used the whole season to prepare for a championship run. It seems like they try different shite during the season to see how it works and if it means losing a few games than so be it but when it’s go time the best players will be on the court or field. Conferences championship or SEC tournament are nothing it’s the NATTY that matters.


This is the exact opposite of what Kim Mulkey said.
Posted by lowhound
Effie
Member since Aug 2014
7506 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 7:57 am to
She lost 2 key contributors at the beginning of the season or she probably would be. Sa'Myah Smith was the biggest blow.
Posted by UncleDuck
Member since Feb 2024
8 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 8:18 am to
Long time lurker, recently joined, and first time posting.

I trust her judgement. She wants to win and for the girls to play well. She called timeout yesterday with 40 seconds to go while up 13 to coach the girls up after the mistake on the inbound play. To me that shows her commitment to getting the most out of this team.
Posted by winkchance
St. George, LA
Member since Jul 2016
4080 posts
Posted on 2/26/24 at 8:26 am to
Amazing how people sitting on their couch think they know more than the national Championship Coach.

I would like to see more playing time for the bench too, I am sure if Poole and Smith had not left and got injured we would not be having this discussion.
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