Bench dwellers Derek Reese and D'Montre Edwards winning Cuonzo Martin over

Tennessee's Derek Reese and Virginia's Justin Anderson reach out for the rebound at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, December 30, 2013. Tennessee won 87-52. 
  
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Tennessee's Derek Reese and Virginia's Justin Anderson reach out for the rebound at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, December 30, 2013. Tennessee won 87-52. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

D’Montre Edwards approached a reporter in the locker room after the Tennessee men’s basketball team beat LSU.

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susan.novinger#299381 writes:

"Bench dwellers?" This descriptor has appeared in more than one recent story. You may think it is clever. It is not. It is insulting to these young men.

wilk58 writes:

in response to susan.novinger#299381:

"Bench dwellers?" This descriptor has appeared in more than one recent story. You may think it is clever. It is not. It is insulting to these young men.

Agree

HoraceMorris writes:

I don't understand why Reese wasn't playing at all before the Morehead State game. He seems like he can do a little bit of everything.

wigmeister writes:

These young men are players. May not have lost some of the games we did if they were playing earlier. There is enough game time for everyone. It is a team game.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to wigmeister:

These young men are players. May not have lost some of the games we did if they were playing earlier. There is enough game time for everyone. It is a team game.

Coach always said if you practice hard you will play. You don't know what these players were doing before they began to get playing time. CCM has always said playing time depends on how you practice. You have to build character guys not prima donnas

underthehill writes:

Same B S we heard about Kamiko Williams..some players are great in practice and can't do squat in games..other players excel in games when it matters..seems I recall a wide receiver who couldn't catch a cold in games but the coach said had great hands in practice..Edwards has looked good in every game he has been on the floor..and he may be the key to having a more consistent offense..the win over LSU was a good thing..but there will be tough times before this season is over..got to have players like Edwards step up..this earning minutes is B S..winning games is what matters...getting the players on the floor at the right time they can help win games is what matters most..

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Same B S we heard about Kamiko Williams..some players are great in practice and can't do squat in games..other players excel in games when it matters..seems I recall a wide receiver who couldn't catch a cold in games but the coach said had great hands in practice..Edwards has looked good in every game he has been on the floor..and he may be the key to having a more consistent offense..the win over LSU was a good thing..but there will be tough times before this season is over..got to have players like Edwards step up..this earning minutes is B S..winning games is what matters...getting the players on the floor at the right time they can help win games is what matters most..

Are you kidding me man? Wow what are you guys thinking! You are going to tell a guy who works hard at practice that he can't play? Give me a break. The only reason those guys are in is because they have shown they are willing to put in the extra work. Basketball is more a team game to me than football. If guys are not on the same page, you will not win a lot of games. To me in basketball great practices mean great team chemistry. You can't compare what a wide receiver does in a game to what a basketball player does. A totally different game. To add proof to what I am saying and knocking down that crazy statement you made, Jordan and Lebron are considered workout freaks. They take practice seriously along with other great basketball players and they are great on the court because they put in or did put in the work. People like Allen Iverson who hated practice sunk like sinking ship. Practice does matter.

underthehill writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

Are you kidding me man? Wow what are you guys thinking! You are going to tell a guy who works hard at practice that he can't play? Give me a break. The only reason those guys are in is because they have shown they are willing to put in the extra work. Basketball is more a team game to me than football. If guys are not on the same page, you will not win a lot of games. To me in basketball great practices mean great team chemistry. You can't compare what a wide receiver does in a game to what a basketball player does. A totally different game. To add proof to what I am saying and knocking down that crazy statement you made, Jordan and Lebron are considered workout freaks. They take practice seriously along with other great basketball players and they are great on the court because they put in or did put in the work. People like Allen Iverson who hated practice sunk like sinking ship. Practice does matter.

Working hard in practice does matter..but just because you look good in practice does not mean you will do the same in games..if you don't understand that ..you obviously ain't been there..

no1djkb#278630 writes:

There has to be a barometer for who deserves playing time. Just like anything in life you should be rewarded for hard work.

johnlg00 writes:

I have been as surprised as anybody that Reese and Edwards haven't caught on before now. Both are long, rangy, and athletic in the ideal Cuonzo Martin mode. Both have a pretty good nose for the ball and fairly decent shooting strokes, Reese having a slight edge outside the arc.

They are capable of delivering from Josh Richardson's position on offense, but both could stand to be better at defending the kind of player Josh usually defends. Perhaps they would be more effective pressing and dropping back into a zone; the team would benefit from their scoring and their defensive shortcomings could be covered. Doubtful Martin makes a switch in style like that; no real reason to mess with success.

It doesn't really matter who delivers the 10-15 ppg the Vols need from that position as long as somebody does. As long as that happens, the Vols will be a REALLY tough out all season.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I have been as surprised as anybody that Reese and Edwards haven't caught on before now. Both are long, rangy, and athletic in the ideal Cuonzo Martin mode. Both have a pretty good nose for the ball and fairly decent shooting strokes, Reese having a slight edge outside the arc.

They are capable of delivering from Josh Richardson's position on offense, but both could stand to be better at defending the kind of player Josh usually defends. Perhaps they would be more effective pressing and dropping back into a zone; the team would benefit from their scoring and their defensive shortcomings could be covered. Doubtful Martin makes a switch in style like that; no real reason to mess with success.

It doesn't really matter who delivers the 10-15 ppg the Vols need from that position as long as somebody does. As long as that happens, the Vols will be a REALLY tough out all season.

Once again great points my friend. I am sure if Reese and Edwards were doing what they are doing now earlier in the year, they would have been on the floor.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

Once again great points my friend. I am sure if Reese and Edwards were doing what they are doing now earlier in the year, they would have been on the floor.

On most good teams, only a few players are going to be all-conference types. All the rest have to find roles they can perform with those other guys, either to help them do what they do directly or do what they do in such a way that their man can't help out without paying. Then there is the premium Martin places on defense for stars and scrubs alike.

When you rub those two criteria together, and then consider that there are players not healthy enough to play, there may be lots of possible combinations that would satisfy them, so it could well take time for the proper solution to shake out. I think Martin gave the freshmen all that run in the early season to see which ones might really help this year. IMHO, only Thompson really adds anything to the team from among the freshmen. Hubbs likely won't play again this year and AJ gives up too much on the interior defense to justify what he gets on offense right now.

It may just be that Edwards and Reese are the guys to go to now. This is after all the last year they will have from Edwards--might as well get all you can out of him. Guys like Chievous and Moore just have to keep working to be ready if Reese or Edwards aren't doing it.

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