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Subscriber Ask Me Anything: February 2020

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  1. umhoops

    This is an interesting question and I’m probably going to look at it differently than you intended. From a personal perspective, it has changed a lot about running the website because I knew so much about how Beilein operated and what to expect. It was pretty easy to make predictions about upcoming seasons and guess what type of role a player or prospect would fit in. He also gave really good press conferences that focused on actual basketball talk, which I appreciated.

    Juwan is an entirely new challenge because we are figuring it out as we go. As far as analyzing actual games, a lot of that is actually exciting and new for me. It has been fun to watch how he adapts Beilein’s players into a new system and it is like figuring out something brand new. His pressers are a bit disappointing from my perspective because he doesn’t like sharing much at all about his bball philosophy and doesn’t spend a lot of time talking strategy. That’s a decision he’s entitled to make, but makes me miss Beilein a bit.

  2. grossag

    On a recent Moving Screen pod, you guys said that you had to start over because it went off the rails really quickly. I’m curious…what happened?

  3. umhoops

    I think this is a bit two-fold…

    One, when I started the site it was always to be analytically-based. I loved John Gasaway’s Big Ten Wonk and no one really cared about Michigan basketball enough to analyze it properly.

    I also think that I’m far better at analyzing the game and writing from that point of view than writing about emotions. It is also the type of thing that interests me more as far as what I would choose to read.

    I also think that the longer you following things and look at the game analytically, maybe you are less inclined to some of the emotional pulls of three losses in a row for example. By running the site, the way I experience games has definitely changed over time.

  4. umhoops

    It is too early to say in my opinion, but I don’t think it is just something that you can rule out. March can change a lot.

    Livers is the more interesting case to me considering what this roster could look like next year (potentially fewer mins or opportunities) and the fact that he’s already a junior. If he has a great NCAA Tournament and gets some buzz, it would make a lot of sense for him to go. Seems like a guy who should test his stock at least.

    Franz… I’m not sure. I think his family situation, Moe being in his shoes before, all of that probably lends itself to him trying to be a two-and-done.

  5. umhoops

    This is my full-time gig right now. Hasn’t always been in the past but giving it a go right now.

    I would say I probably treat it like a standard 9-5 but there’s a bit more of a cadence to it. As far as actually producing content, the day of a game is probably the day with the least work because you are just waiting for the actual game to start but then work the whole night.

    The day after a game is usually the most work, especially on a Thurs-Sunday type of turn like this week.

    Postseason gets pretty crazy with travel, time between games, lots of media access the day before games, late tips, etc. A lot of work, but also the best part of the whole opportunity. Most interest, most access, highest stakes, best time of year.

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