What's popping? It's your boy.
Today is a fun one, man, and I know there's gonna be a lot of talk, a lot of controversy, I guess, if you want to call it that, people.
Frank Miller King has been a controversial ever since he came to the program, not the program.
But, you know, ever since he's come to the New York Knicks spent controversial.
So today on Coach's Corner, we're gonna break down.
Frank. Nil, Akina.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the coach's corner.
Let's go ahead and break down.
Kina, I got my man Andy here with me.
He's going to jump in.
And we got a nice break down for you today.
Ladies and gentlemen, some things in here that you might be surprised about. Andy was popping.
What? Your man? How you feeling? But the same went up to the chat.
Happy to be on this episode.
I was waiting for this so long.
Yeah, I know you were e No, you were.
Look, man, um, Frank Miller Kane has been in and out and anomaly ever since.
He's come to the team, right? You know, you got every you know people love them.
People hate him, whatever you want to say.
Um, but when I watched him play, in my opinion, the kids got talent, and there's some things that he could do that I think a lot of people overlook, you know? Definitely.
I have the same.
The same thing that that you have.
I actually noticed that we think alike pro s.
Oh, yeah, but to be true and And, you know, on point here, really, As people going to see in the videos, Frank.
And be a really positive thing.
And when things got the job, first thing I was thinking that Frank is gonna, you know, have the best coach possible for his, you know, career if he's gonna play on their tips from the current coaches and from what we have a we had available, I think this was the best one.
So now it's Frank.
I'm right, right? And you know exactly you know, Frank has to do what he's gotta dio you know, I've always believed that he was a hard worker, so I don't think that's going to be an issue.
Um, Frank's just got to come out and do what he does.
And if he does that, I think he'll it will be successful, You know what I mean? Um, so there's a few ways that I think Coach Thibodeau was gonna use Frank Miller Keenum. Alright.
So before we even get going, just tell me, how do you think he's gonna use Frank? Well, the main thing is gonna be defense, that that's Frank's calling card.
And everybody knows that.
Even Frank haters, if they're gonna say one positive thing about Frank is gonna be defense.
Also, I think that because off his defense on interchangeable positions, he can guard probably 123 on every player on in in the league.
I think that's gonna be a plus for Frank, because we know it's like short rotations, right? So if he's one of those interchangeable, you know, guards, he's gonna get minutes.
And if he's gonna get minutes, he's going to show up more off his skill sets and more office, you know, process giving, you know, to the team and stuff like that.
So, on defense, death, all orphans Well, we're gonna see if they're just gonna be, you know, going with the style that he had in Chicago and in Minnesota.
Then it's gonna be other thing.
If he's gonna adapt toe on Lee, the next squad that he's gonna be presented, we're gonna see how the you know, the roster is going to shape up and and we're gonna see when, When? When.
You know he's gonna use Frank and stuff like that.
I see several places that he's gonna use Frank and his skill set.
What we're going to dig into that, you know, later on in the videos.
So let's let's go ahead and jump into it, right? I think first, as you mentioned, I think first and foremost Frank Nil Aquino is going to be used or should be used, in my opinion, as a defensive leader.
Right now, I know a lot of people gonna look and say, you know, Leader.
Yeah, I think that Frank should be.
I think if I don't want to say and I'm gonna come back to us for a minute before I go ahead and get into the video, I think for Frank Miller Kina giving him that kind of, uh should I say title will be important to his development.
Just giving him a job.
You are our defensive leader.
And when I say defensive leader, I mean that he's going to be organizing and orchestrating the defense on the floor.
And I think that he I think he has all of the tools to do it.
You know, I'm saying not just because you can play, you know, one on one defense, you know? But he understands.
From what I see.
Defensive positioning on the floor.
Hey, sees who is supposed to be rotating where exactly he has the i Q for it on if you think about it, Um, point guards and fit in in Thebes is, you know, style.
You know, on defense they were okra, orchestrating the the whole defense on I'm you know, of course, no in Chicago was helping them because, you know, he was in the back and he called out stuff as well.
But if you think about it and if you watch the you know, remember the games Kirk Hinrich's which you know he wasn't Ah, stole or defender.
He was also, you know, when when they were the opposite team was bringing up the ball.
He was calling out stuff what they were supposed to be doing.
You know, I think switching whatever I think for Frank, that's gonna be, you know, daily thing.
You know, it's it's not nothing complicated for him.
And if he's going to do it on a fluent, you know thing, and it's gonna be really easy for him.
I think the whole defense is gonna work better, Right? Okay, so So let's get into it a little bit again.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think that Frank Mill Akina should be should be ladies and gentlemen considered the defensive leader on the floor.
So let's break down and let's take a look at some video.
All right, so we're looking at this video here, and I am going to, you know, it already started playing so you could see some of the defensive clips from Frank Miller Kina.
And I'm going to stop this in a minute and bring it back because I wanna point out some things that he does.
All right, So I'm going to pause this.
I'm gonna bring it all the way back to the beginning.
And let's talk about defensive positioning for a second.
Alright, we're gonna look here.
We're gonna look at Frank Miller.
Kina here right now.
You got Damian Lillard here.
Whoever this is up at the top of the key, I'm not exactly sure who that is.
You got Mitch Robinson who looks like he's about to be late on the close out.
So, frankly, Al Qaeda, he's right here, right? His man is Damian Lillard.
Okay, as your defensive leader, and well, I don't want to say is your defensive leader, But Frank Miller Kina, it's going to be the guy that, in my opinion, you're gonna put on the best guard on the floor.
Put him on the best guard on the floor.
That's gonna save R J Barrett from having to guard that person, which is gonna save R J Barrett energy for the offensive end of the floor.
So I frankly, Latina so valuable, ladies and gentlemen.
All right, you're gonna see a frightening Latino.
The bars swung here.
Mitchell Robinson's deep in the paint, and maybe he's supposed to be I'm not blaming anything on Mitch.
Frank is gonna start to rotate here.
The ball gets swung, he rotates back to Damian Lillard, and then you're gonna see Frank get spun around for a hot second, but get right back in the position.
This is good defensive awareness, ladies and gentlemen, just watch it.
Boom! Now he gets back.
He's ready to defend.
Boom! He gets spun, but he's still able to get back to his man and gave me a little misses. The shot.
All right, another time.
Let's Let's take another look at Franklin Latina understanding where people are supposed to be on the floor barking out instructions.
All right, you could see Frank Miller.
He's got his hand in the air, right? Marco, folks has the ball here.
While he's not on Markle, folks, he understands that he's gonna have to get Mark health folks.
But he's close enough, and I'm assuming that this is Vukovich.
It's close enough here that he can stop him from being open.
So Markle folks can't get this pass off and he could bark out instructions to Julius Randle.
He's coming down the lane.
Make sure you get him right.
This is defensive awareness at its best at its finest.
And as we let the clip go, you see Boom! Frank stops Marquel, folks, turnover All right here and young people who are watching this clip.
This is the reason why you practice three on 22 on one in basketball practice.
All right? So if you understand how to have the proper footwork when you're in that type of a situation, okay, Right now, Frank is, for the most part in a two on one situation.
You see, Frank here in the middle, he's got his eyes on this guy with the ball.
But apparently he knows this guy's behind them doing any anything other people, all right.
And he's gonna have great footwork to be able to turn around and as you'll see, get the block.
Turns around, gets the block.
He doesn't stop there, though.
And to me, this is still a good sign of a good defender.
He comes back, it's able to knock down the open three.
If you want to say it again.
Well, you're not gonna see it again.
Never mind. We'll get one here.
All right. Frank Miller Keen is going to get the steal.
And this is another thing that I like about.
Frank gets the ball to Bobby Portis.
Frank gets the ball back Now, Frank could have said, Hey, I got it.
Still, I want to get a shot.
I wanna do, You know, like you always say, Reward the big man.
He gets the block.
Reward the big man.
No, Frank sees Bobby's got position, gets the ball back to him.
Bang, he knocks it down.
All right, And then here, I wanna bring this one back just a little bit.
Ladies and gentlemen, because if you're gonna have a defensive leader, you gotta have that all out.
Hustle that all out work.
You're gonna see Frank tussling for the ball, right? He loses it, he comes back in and still gets the block.
Ladies and gentlemen, that right there, that's what the defense of leader is.
That's why I think Franklin Latina should be named the defensive leader on this team.
I think he has good quart awareness defensively, right? Understands where things are gonna be, um, on the defensive side of the ball.
I think he he understands team defense.
He can play one on one defense.
He has all out hustle.
Hey, that's a good basketball.
I Q defensive basketball like you.
That's good basketball, like you, overall.
But he has a very good defensive basketball like you.
If you name him the defensive leader, the defensive quarterback, the guy is barking out instructions.
You give him a job, you give him a role, you help to boost his confidence.
You know, and I think tips being a defensive guy understands that.
Now I can't sit here and say, Yeah, Tom Thibodeau is gonna make Frank nil Akina the, you know, the defense of Captain.
I think that he should make Frank Miller came to the defense of captain.
You know, I'm saying I can't say that he will, but he's definitely gonna use Frank Nil Akina.
Um, defensively, Right.
I think he's gonna use them all over the floor defensively.
You know, he's gonna put him on the best guard.
He might even put him on, You know, a really good three man is going to use them all over the floor defensively.
And I think you know, if if he's gonna put some responsibility on Frank, he's gonna, you know, respond well, He had responsibility as the main point guard on the French national team, And we know how you know that pan out.
He was You know off course.
He was working with his coach from from, you know, younger Ages, right? That that new Frank and knew his ability, But just showing that that he can, you know, be a almost, you know, a team captain, a team leader on feeble, you know, competition on the world stage.
I think that that leaves you, you know, nothing else.
Just just to trust, you know, and put your trust in Frank.
I think Tom Thibodeau is gonna use Frank in the screen and roll.
Frankly, Latina is, in my opinion, right now when you look at the guards that we have on the team right now, there are two guys that I think can effectively run the screen role.
Frank Miller, Keenan R. J. Barrett.
I think Frank Miller Kena is better than R. J. Barrett.
Everyone in the screen and roll.
Um, all right, J better has good court vision, court vision, I think, frankly, Latinos, court vision is better.
I think that and I say this, You know, when you look at other guys, they may not be on the team.
He may not be on the team Okay, so I'm not even including Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith, Jr.
I think Frank Nil Aquinas miles ahead of him when it comes to the screen and roll, you know? So I think, you know, and I really want to get into this and break some things down that you should be able to that Frank Miller kina.
Okay, you know, if if if we don't get another point guard Frank Miller, Kina will probably be that lead guard because of his ability to run the screen and roll.
And he fits nicely next to R.
He's not a guy that needs to have the ball in.
You know he doesn't have to shoot the basketball.
He could get the ball to R. J.
He plays defense, right? So you can play defense like we said earlier on the best on the best guard on the opposing team.
I think he fits really nice nicely.
However, if you know fits really nice.
Next R J. Barrett.
Um so let's take a look at the screen and roll.
Ladies and gentlemen, Alright.
I think Frank Millikin is gonna be used in this screen and roll position or not, position, but used as the ball handler in the screen and roll.
And the first thing you're gonna know this is Frank.
Aquino. He can pass out of the screen and roll.
You see him here? Find Mitchell Robinson for the dunk.
Okay, you're gonna see again.
But one thing I want you to notice here, ladies and gentlemen, is that Frank is patience.
And that is important when it comes to the screen and roll.
Frank has the ball here.
Mitch is setting the screen.
He's gonna take his time and maybe, you know, you know, take a couple of dribbles.
You might have to change direction off the screen before he decides to make his move.
You get a lot of guards who want to rush this screen and roll.
So you see, Frank Boom is here.
Come back, take another screen.
Then he finds Mitch on the lob.
Frank can also deliver the ball of over slip screen, as you see in Taj Gibson.
Now, here's something that's really important that I want you to look out for him.
You're gonna see it on the next few plays.
Yeah, All right, Frank Miller.
Kina, let me get my my, my my NBK marker here.
See Frank here with the ball.
Taj Gibson setting the screen.
Frank is going to get right into this area.
Frank is very, very good at getting to this area on the floor.
And when you get to this area on the floor as a guard, running the screen and roll, it is very, very effective right now.
You've gotta have guys understanding how to be in the right position as well.
If you look right now, you know, you got I think that smoke over there.
Barrett in the corner and you got Julius Randle out here. Everybody.
They basically they isolated Taj Gibson and Frank Nil Akina on this side of the floor.
Now, it may have been advantageous for Frank to come here, right, because there's not another defender over here, but instead, Frank's gonna come to the middle of the floor.
He's effective at doing that in this situation.
That might have been best for him to come here, but still, he gets the job done.
Yeah, Now And you're gonna see in other plays how he can how he gets to this area of the floor.
So you see here, Boom! He gets right inside here, right? This puts pressure on the defense.
Somebody's got to come Help! Somebody does! Julius Randle's man comes in to help.
Now you see Julius Randle here by himself.
His man comes in here to stop Frank Miller, Kina.
Because if he doesn't, Frank Millikin is gonna have this lane to the basket, right? Or if he gets a little bit deeper and r J Barrett man comes into Frank Miller, King is gonna kick it over the r J. Barrett.
Alright, So getting to this level getting to this level right here is important.
And I think, frankly, Latina does a good job of doing it.
I let the tape roll kicks it out to Julius Randle.
Julius Randle knocks down the three again here.
Boom! Where is he? He's in that level once again.
Right this time.
This time he came off of a Mitchell Robinson screen.
Alright Came out for Mitchell Robinson screen.
He's in the you could see his little head right there is in this level again.
This time the floor is better space than my opinion.
You see Wayne Ellington in this corner, whoever that is in that corner, and I think that's Julius Randle out there on the wing.
Let the tape roll.
Latina pulls up, knocks down the mid range jump shot again.
He gets to that level, knocks down the jump shot off the screen from tiled skips and gets to that level again off the screen from Mitchell Robinson and knocks it down.
Bam! One more time he gets to that level.
This time he's at the same level.
This time is not really at the foul line.
It's off the foul line, but he's at the same level off the floor, right? He's able to survey the floor and then he's gonna take it to the basket.
There's a good job of doing this as well. Now, here's another thing that I think he does really well on.
Why? I think he's so effective in the screen and roll.
All right, You see him get past this man off of a screen that was here and you're gonna see him get to this level of the floor.
I believe this is Collin ***ton.
Section is gonna get up, get up close to him, and Frank Little kid is gonna use his body to fend them off.
And then get to the basket.
Get to the basket right here.
There's a lane open right here.
Okay, Now, this is effective in this clip, he's going to score.
But this is really effective when you've got your head up and you're looking to see what's going to develop, right? And this is a key indicator, in my opinion, that he has good court vision.
Because when someone doesn't really have good court vision, they they're rushing to get that ball to the hoop because they've got a one track mind.
That's all they can see.
You look at guys like Chris Paul, point guards like that.
They hold that defender off with their body because they're looking to see what's going to develop court vision and this you see, not Collin ***ton back.
And he went to the basket and scored it.
All right, ladies and gentlemen, I think this kid in the screen and roll can be really, really effective for this team.
Um, obviously, they're not gonna run a screen and roll every time down the floor.
But when they do run a screen and roll, I would like to see it done with Franklin Latina or R.
Barrett more than not what I'm saying if those are going to be our tool primary guards on the floor, right? And you also seen in that clip that he could knock down the mid range jump shot and we're gonna talk about the mid range next.
But he can knock down that mid range jump shot off the screen and roll.
And you know what? What I could add.
That's one of the place that that that was used by the French national team because, you know, hey was playing, You know, with the screen role with Gobert and Mitch is skills.
Advise the closest one to go bare in the whole league so that I think that could work.
And as we saw Frank stops, you know, around the free throw line, right? This is the thing that you get.
You know, the talk in the European style basketball, even on fast breaks.
The place that the point guard tries to go is just to the free throw line, and then he has options passing, you know, throwing on or taking a shot.
You don't always have to, you know, stop on the three point line.
And, you know, look, whatever do their try to, you know, break down the defense at least a little bit.
Look at the reactions that they're making and then, you know, pass off the ball, take a shot or whatever, because if you're gonna do that on the three point line and you don't have the range, it's nothing there for you.
If you're you know, around the around the free throw line, the difference has to react and break down at least a little bit.
And then if you have the i Q and see, you know, however they react to it, Do you have the opening to pass off the ball and get an easier system? Yeah, yeah, and and Frank Millikin has he.
He has division to recognize what's happening on the floor, who's doing what you know and then make the right decision.
There are times when I think he's gotta learn to pass the ball stronger.
We'll see what is.
You know, if that's something he's been working on during the off season.
You know, he's got a past.
Sometimes he throws out some lazy passes, right, that'll get picked off.
If you're gonna be in those in those crevices in there, you gotta make sure that you're getting good, strong passes out pinpoint passes, which he could pass the ball.
I'm not complaining about his accuracy.
Sometimes I feel like he lays out those a lazy pass out there, right? So I think e you know, I came through issue and and you know that they didn't exactly, They weren't sure If it's if it's gonna be display whatever you know.
And most of those a week passes that we saw were around the perimeter when the ball was, you know, going around, you know, around the perimeter.
So, you know, they didn't know if if it's after the screen or it's gonna be, you know, the past receiver is gonna go to the screen because they we saw that was that was really a synchronized, right? So? So that I think that was the thing that why Frank had a little bit of those turnovers at least.
Eso in the screen and roll.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think you gotta use Frank Millikin in the screen and roll next.
I want to talk about the mid range game that because and the reason why I want to talk about the mid range game and let me let me bring that back here.
I want to get that out first.
You know, just show you that I'm talking about the mid range.
The reason why I kind of want a spotlight in a little bit because everyone is everyone talks about is three point shooting, which is important.
It is definitely important, Okay, but I still believe there's an art to the mid range game and that is the strength of his.
In my opinion, I think he shoots well from that three point.
I mean, uh, in the mid range, and he's confident in that mid range shot.
I know a lot of people that say, Oh, you know, don't shoot the mid range.
It's you know, it's it kills efficiency or whatever they say right? So now everything is.
Mike D'Antoni kind of started this.
It's either all the way to the basket or shooting in three.
He doesn't want post ups.
He doesn't like the mid range.
He thinks that a post up is inefficient, right? Because everyone standing around watching the person post up with the ball and that the mid range game is Yeah, I guess he is.
He figures the mid range is kind of inefficient as well, right? If teams can shoot if the team is shooting 40% from the three, you know, you know, why should why should Why should the mid range when you could shoot a three point shot? You know what I'm saying? But here's the thing.
To me, the mid range game is so effective because when you got someone that can drive hard to the basket if they could stop on a dime and pull up is virtually impossible to stop.
You know what I'm saying? When you want to run an effective screen and roll, you wanna be able to have someone who could knock down that mid range shot so that it can draw defenders to that person, right? You know, so So you don't wanna be stuck with just shooting threes to going to the basket.
You gotta be ableto have different ways that you could score the basketball.
I think that, frankly, Latina is very effective in that mid range shot, you know, And you see here, you know that he could get it in in a multitude of ways.
It's not just off the screen and roll, you know? I mean people, you know, people Look at Frank.
We were talking about this earlier.
People look at Frank and and they think he can't score, but he actually has ah, plethora of moves that he can use.
It's good footwork.
And he's actually kind of crafty when he gets his chances to score.
You know, s so let's take a look at Frank in the mid range and you see them go to the basket there and pull it up.
I got, like, three clips and I'm gonna rewind these clips and bring it back.
Alright, this is his favorite.
That's his favorite right there.
And he's gonna knock it down.
So let's bring it back.
Let's start with this one here, right? You're gonna see, you know, Frank, come off of a scream from Mitchell Robinson, right? And I don't think we got the screen.
So believe me, that's all.
Just believe me.
Alright. Mitchell Robinson's set the screen.
Frank came off of the screen.
Mitchell Robinson rolled to the basket.
Alright? And you always see Franklin Latina has his head up, so he can. He has vision.
J. Barrett there.
He could see Mitch here.
He could see Randall here, and he could see whoever it is.
I think that's a move over in the corner, right? So he's always got his eyes up looking to see what's the best available option.
And he comes in, gets inside boot and a nice pull up bangs it in.
It's something else that I think Tom Thibodeau should run one or two plays for Frank Miller.
Kina in this play here.
Frank came from down here.
It's coming off.
Whoever that is coming off that screen there and Taj Gibson is gonna make this past boom, he's gonna pull up the jump shot.
This is important.
I think this is important.
Uh, Andy, because looking at where that is, Tom Thibodeau likes toe.
Have guys who can pass big guys who can pass from the elbow.
He's a product of Tom Thibodeau, right? And that, too, in this who's in this play right here.
Um, I did the video last week or two weeks ago about Julius Randle, right.
Ah, and I think you can expect to see these type of plays being run for players like Frank Nil Akina or R J. Barrett.
That makes the mid range.
You got to be able to knock down that mid range. Now.
I think when I come back to this, ladies and gentlemen is going to start over.
Alright, So yep, it started over. We'll let that go.
We'll get back to this place.
So you see, Frank, come around, knock it down from the top of the key, and then this is his favorite play.
Come off the screen, pull up and knock it down.
Ladies, gentlemen, Franklin Latina cannot down the midrange shot.
If you look at there is a videotape and we were talking about earlier.
There's a videotape out there, not a video YouTube video, not a videotape.
A YouTube video of Frank Miller.
Keen of all is every shot that he made in the 1920 season and a heavy portion of those shots of mid Rangers.
Right, mid range shots he can knock down that mid range, and I think you utilize it.
One thing that Tom Thibodeau said is that he's not looking to say You gotta be able to knock down this.
You gotta be able to knock down that he's gonna utilize the strength that you have is a player.
He's gonna put you in a position to be successful based on the strength that you have is a player.
That's a strength that I think Franklin Latina has, and I think Tom Thibodeau will use it.
And you know, if I can add something when you think about thieves, thieves, this no star players, they have the mid range game.
Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose.
He can pull up around the free throw line and make a shot.
No, all of his players could make the mid range no work.
And it's not only to Frank.
It is also to R.
J. And even Julius.
He has those place for the middle age game, you know, in his playbook.
So we're gonna probably see him more than we were expecting even now.
So, yeah, I agree with you.
I definitely agree with you, you know, and to me.
Like I said that there's nothing wrong with it.
I'd like to meet range that Zbig part of my basketball game because I don't have to speed anymore to get all the way to the basket like that.
So I gotta pull up mid range now. E.
On the wrong to the three point line e O.
Now, here's one that I think is going to surprise people about, frankly, Latina To me, Frank Nil.
Akina has some crafty one on one ability.
He does not always show it or use it because of the type of player that he is.
But he has some crafty one on one ability, and I think, and I think we saw it a few times last season where you will get into the end of the quarter and they actually give the ball to Franklin Latina and spread out and let him do his thing.
It happened two or three times.
You know, I I remember saying, Well, they gave the ball to Frank.
Okay, I think they should do it more often because I think Frank's had success scoring when the shot clock is running down or at the end of quarters, you know, because he no longer at that point, he no longer has to think.
Yeah, it's nothing.
Nothing to lose, right? So he has no pressure on him.
Whatever he does, nobody's gonna pointing, You know, point fingers at Frank that, you know, he didn't pass off the ball or stuff like that Exactly as we said, You know, before before the show started that he's not afraid, you know, to lose that percentage.
You know, field goal percentage of his.
He's gonna take the shot from, you know, behind the half court.
Even he's not one of those guys, like, Okay, it's like a split second.
I'm just gonna, you know, bounce off the ball, whatever.
And and and like, like, act like I couldn't take the shot.
So we're going to see Frank taking shots from from his half, even just just just to make that attempt to score. Yeah.
And you know, people can call me crazy.
And I know that I'm you know, I'm a fan of frankness Latina, and you guys know that he's my favorite player on the team.
I know you all think is Julius Randle, but it's not.
It's actually, frankly, Latina.
All right, so you call me crazy if you want.
But Frank Miller Keen has shown a propensity to be very good during the end of games as well.
Yeah, you know what I'm saying? Album.
I think that Tom Thibodeau might recognize some of those things and utilize his ability to make plays under pressure.
You know, mean so you know, let's let's just look at sometimes when, frankly, Latina and I could pull out a bunch of plays, but in the interest of time and you know, I only got two or three plays of each one of the things that I want to spotlight.
But let's put him in position where he's forced to shoot.
Ladies and gentlemen, and, you know, some of you guys might be wiping the tears from your eyes slapping your knee, you know, because you're laughing at me.
But I'm serious.
Forced to shoot.
All right, you see their shot again? Shot clock running down.
Boom. Pulls it up, knocks it down.
Shot clock. Quarter running down.
There's bringing back one more time, right? Look at the clock.
Five seconds on the clock.
I think he got the ball with eight seconds on the clock, All right? And you know, people always laugh about Frank Miller.
Kina Speed doesn't have a lot of speed.
You don't always need a lot of speed.
You need smarts and craftiness.
All right, So you see him. Come in. Boom. Fake.
Score one more time.
Look at the shot clock.
Seven seconds on the shot clock.
McNeil Akina isolated at the top of the key.
And he just said, No pressure.
Don't matter what happens if I make it, miss it turned it over. I gotta go.
So what's he do? Boom.
Bang knocks down the 31 more time quarter running down, goes to the left.
Scored it with the right.
I think that could be an area.
And these little things that I think Tom Thibodeau will capitalize on where you can find little ways to build a player's confidence when it comes to one on one play.
Right? Build his confidence in pressurized moments.
You know what I mean by saying, Listen, the quarters running down R J.
Is taking a break.
Frank, you got it.
It's the end of the first quarter, Frank.
I mean, you go ahead and get this one.
Um, who knows? I mean, maybe he even, you know, cars out.
You know, at the end of every third quarter we want or at the end of every second quarter, we want Frank Miller Keenan to be one, taking the shot.
What I'm saying so now the team knows, Okay, this is when they This is what is happening.
At the end of the third, we wanted to be RJ, You know what I mean? You know, little things like that, but I think because frankly, Latina is the type of player that wants to distribute the basketball facilitate, let's not.
I know we're talking about a lot about scoring here, but let's not forget that that's his strength, right? Defensive facilitation.
That's his strength.
That's what he does.
But because he, I don't want to say, is reluctant to shoot.
He's got the type of mentality to get everyone else involved first.
You gotta find ways.
I think Thio say, Hey, this is the time for you to think about you.
This is the time for you to be selfish right here. This is the time.
So you find, you know, ah, few times throughout the game toe.
Allow him to just go ahead and create the way.
However, you can create the score, the basketball, you know, under pressurized moments where he's not gonna be thinking about passing, he's gonna be thinking the shot clock is running down.
The court is running down.
I mean, and then hopefully you start to develop.
It starts to developing them that, you know. Yeah.
There are times when I could just go get it.
I think we've seen it last year anyway.
You know, I'm saying where there were times where he would it could just go get it.
And he has some crafty move.
So, you know, don't be shocked.
Don't be shocked that I said that.
But I think you know, we'll see him in that spot every once in a while throughout the season.
Another area that I think Well, I don't know if this is an area, Andy, as much.
Um, I think Frank Nil Akina is good on a fast break right now.
There's a few different ways that he's good on the fast break.
In his first season, everybody was mad.
They didn't think that he, you know, ran a good fast break.
Uh, they wanted him to push the ball up the floor and try to score every time he got it.
You know, try to get to the cup.
But he was coming from the type of basketball where that's not how you ran a fast break, right? You ran a fast break.
You got guys running the lanes correctly and you get the ball to the middle of the floor and you're looking to find open lanes to the basket of somebody cutting to the basket or someone who's, you know, open at that three point line.
And if not, you pull it back out and you set up and get into your offense.
He's had to learn the difference in game and and people say, Well, how long does it take to learn that? Well, when you've been doing something, how long has he? How long was frankly Latino playing professional basketball? You know, he he was in the club for like, four years before he got to the N B A.
He that That doesn't mean he was playing, you know, with the talk team, right? But, you know, there was strictly, you know, things that you tried to develop from the youngest age is so, you know, in Europe, when you're a point guard, your basically the role is get the ball to the Miller off the court, we're on the fast lane in the wrong run, you know, through the middle of the court, watch the lanes, you know, on on the wings and try to pass it up from the wing.
And you don't go deeper than the free throw line, right? Right.
And you know that that's where you stop and you pass up or you take the shot.
You know, in states, there's definitely the notion that if you're running a fast break and there's, you know, no pass and stuff like that, you go for it.
Don't given no matter, point guard.
For whoever you are, you go to the dunk.
You don't go for the dunk or you go at least at the rim.
No matter the compact, no matter or anything.
Right? So you know that's the difference.
And like you said, if you're doing something for, you know, like, 10 years before from from the youngest age is it's not like, you know, and a half year you're gonna forget it, and they're gonna brainwash you.
And and, you know, that's kind of natural for you, right? Right. Exactly.
And that's exactly what I was getting.
That when? When you've been taught to play a certain way your entire life, you know, it takes a lot of work to I don't want to say forget that style of play, but developed something new that made That's just not second nature to you, right, because those habits become second nature, but he could be effective on the break.
And I think last season we saw him beginning to recognize those lanes that were open and understood how to, you know, when you got on the fastbreak, if you don't have people who are open and you have a lane, that you could take that lane.
Now what I'm gonna show is more than just the break.
I know the title of is on the break, but it's more getting him in in fast motion situations, right? And before, before you jump in I don't know if it's gonna be in the video even, But when you think about it, and then when you try to remind yourself when he gets that rebound or the rebound, you know he gets that first pass.
When you see that his first step, it's a really fast and long step.
He just, you know, with that step is showing the team that let's run, let's let's do it fast.
And if you know, if he doesn't see anyone running, he's gonna, you know, like you said to control the vow and and wait for the federal guys.
Right when you see that when he's getting a rebound, he's not waiting.
He's not thinking he's just going first, you know? Straight forward and trying to be no on the offensive, you know, have a soon as possible.
If it doesn't work out, then he's pulling it back out.
But the first step is really important here.
When, when starting the fast break, right, Okay.
Uh, yeah, way to point that out.
So on the break, ladies and gentlemen, let's look at frankly, Latina going downhill on the break.
He can be effective.
He doesn't always have the mindset, but he can be effective and we don't really have.
I don't think we really have any clips of his first step, right.
I think we kind of got, you know, a half court finishing products.
But, you know, let's just take a look at a boom you're gonna see here with the fake, and he lays it in.
But let's bring it all the way back, right? You see here and he's learnt this.
This is something that Franklin Latina has learned over the last few years playing in the N B. A.
Right, you're gonna see he's got the ball here in the middle of the floor.
He's recognizing, you know, you got two guys over here spread out.
I don't know who's down here right now, but he sees there's a lane for him, right? He doesn't have to pull it up.
Two years ago, in this situation, Frank would have stopped and started to run the play right? That's what happened two years ago today or hopefully today, Lee or last year it seemed like he started to learn.
I don't have to stop.
I could just go on.
So Bumi takes it to the basket.
A layup, All right, Same situation here, right? He starts motoring up the floor.
He comes over here.
He sees this defender, Jo Ellen be because he's watching Julius Randle.
For whoever this is getting ready to come off a double screen, Joel Embiid has his back turned.
I think that's Tobias.
Harris has his back turned Ben Simmons is on whoever this is deep in the corner.
So Frank says, Hey, they got their backs turn.
They're not even watching the ball.
And this is what happens when you have a good defender.
When you have a good defender who understands defensive position, when you recognize someone who's in a bad defensive position, you know you could take advantage.
Because Joel Embiid if he, you know, if he was, if he was playing good defense, he would have flattened out right here.
Instead of having this back to the basketball.
You never have your back to the ball, you know, maybe over here I can understand it.
E can understand Tobias Harris having his back to the ball because there's some action over here.
He doesn't need to have his back to the ball.
He could have flattened out so he could see the basketball.
And he could see Julius Randle.
He's got his back to the basket to the basketball.
Finally, Keenan says, Okay, I got you. Boom.
Take it to the basket, scores it.
And then here, this really wasn't a fastbreak play.
Uh, this was just more of a fast play, right? There was a hand off.
I think it was from Damien Dotson.
You know, a quick handoff.
And frankly, Lucchino recognized the lane and he took it in and, Boom, You know, we don't get to see many of them here again on the break, frightening looking and shows us cracked in this with the fake And, uh, yeah, Andy, I think getting him playing a little bit more downhill.
Who will benefit Franklin Latina? Push him up in that scoring column, right? I mean, is averaging five points per game, But you see the different ways Listen, he can he can frankly, Latina could go off the left foot or the right foot, right? He can lay it up with the left hand on the right hand again.
You know, he could pull up the mid range.
He has some crafty moves.
When he gets inside, he shoots well from the free throw line.
There is no reason that Frank Miller Kina couldn't be averaging 10 to 12 points per game.
In my opinion, right, it's the mindset that has to change.
And it's slowly changing, I believe, you know, slowly changing.
You know, it doesn't happen overnight, takes a little bit of time.
And then the last thing e don't want to say, you know, there's more that we could find But these are some of the main things that I wanted to point out.
And the corner three Right now, Frank, because Frank Millikin is gonna be used all over the floor.
This corner three is gonna play, you know, become effect an effective tool for him.
I think, um, if he's used if, excuse me, if he's the primary, if he's the primary ball handler and he's used a lot in that screen and roll, you may not see him in the corner is much, but because he gets moved around the floor and R. J.
Barrett can also run a screen role, you're gonna see him in that corner sometimes And if there's another guard that comes in another point guard that comes in, you're gonna see Frank in that corner is gonna be essential that he could knock down that corner three, which he can dio he can knock down that corner three.
All right, so, you know, and I don't even know how much I need to go in depth as far as the corner three because we've looked at it a lot with, you know, some other players this for every single player on the floor.
Besides maybe your center.
And then depending on who that center is, it still might be.
You know, that guy still might need to spread out the floor, right? But you could see he's got good footwork, shall I say from that corner three.
He's got a good hop, you know, to catch the ball right.
If you pay attention and you watch them right, the ball comes to him and he's got the little hop on his toes.
I've been a person that said, You know, I didn't think he has great touch, so it concerned me about you know, those three point shots and sometimes when it goes to the basket, right? You know, I always thought his touch was a little shaky, if you notice.
And this is something that may sound weird to people, right? You see, frightening looking and knocking out.
You know, these are all the same clip.
So he's not knocking down shot after shot after shot there, the same clips going back and forth.
So, um, here's something that I noticed about players that sometimes don't have touch and it may sound a little bit funny.
Players that don't have a lot of touch.
Ah, lot of their shots that they make either bang off the back of the women go in or they go in or net.
They don't boop, boop, boop, boop, boop and bouncing.
Um, you know, the ball gets shot hard and fast.
Frank Lucchino looks like he has good arc on his shot.
I will give him that, but I do notice when he misses.
Sometimes he'll miss bad.
Sometimes it'll be hard, really hard.
Um, I didn't know this last year, though.
He started to get more roles and more bounces.
I think you can work on getting that touch, though, right? So I do want to retract that.
I didn't never say you couldn't work on it, but I never mentioned that you could.
I think you can work on getting that touch.
Julius Randle, to me, has no touch.
I don't know if he's ever gonna be a really, really good three point shooter.
He doesn't have a lot of touch, but there's guys in the league that can shoot that don't have a lot of touch.
All right, Um, and can score and don't have a lot of touch.
Russell Westbrook has no touch.
He has no touch.
He shoes, lying drives.
But he's still gonna averaged 20 points a game at least.
He has no touch.
He could still be effective. And he's not a shooter now.
You know what I'm saying? He never really had touch.
It's gotten better if you looked at the N B A finals.
His touch has gotten better.
Not talk about him scoring.
I'm just talking about the touch.
Softer touch going to the basket.
I thought, I think that Frank struggles with it a little bit.
It looks like it's maybe getting better.
Maybe, you know people are working a little bit with him on touch on, just for those who, man, I understand touches, not your form.
He has great form, you know, touches.
Putting that little bit of something at the end of your shot that makes the ball goes really go really soft to the basket.
So if it does hit the rim, you get a nice little to do in a bouncing, you know, saying that's touch.
I felt like, you know, he kind of struggled with having touch on his shot.
Um, of course, what I showed you were all shots that he made.
So, you know, obviously he missed more shots than he's than he's made throughout his career.
You know, I think I think you can attribute it as well toe confidence that that's a that's that's, you know, maybe not that really collaborator together, but I think it has a huge impact when he's gonna be confident that his shot is gonna be dropping.
No, he's not gonna be taking 20 shots a game.
There's no way it's gonna happen this season.
But you know, if he's going to get more tries, he's gonna be No, it's gonna come with time, right? So and with shots.
So I think it's gonna be I think it's possible toe, like you said that the work on the on the touches and training and then, you know, implement them in game.
So you know, I think I think frankly, Latina, um, people talk a lot about cornerstones, right corner stones.
People talk about cornerstones.
And And they mentioned R.
Barrett and then mentioned Mitchell Robinson.
If you're not going, if you don't mention Frank Millikin as a cornerstone, you better mention them as a building block.
And what a zey, huge piece, man.
Because I always get afraid when, When? When they start talking about trades that, frankly, Latina is not going to be valued.
He's gonna be thrown into a trade.
I don't want that at all.
I think it will be a huge mistake to move frankly, Latina because he brings so much defensively and he has the potential where, you know, people may not believe it, but he has the potential, I think, to bring a whole lot offensively.
He has the basketball I Q.
And then, as we were saying earlier, before we jumped on the show.
It's the perfect teammate.
It's the perfect teammate.
It's the perfect teammate, you know.
He's the perfect player for a coach like Tom, Thibodeau is the kind of player that's going to He's gonna play defense.
He's going to give it everything he has.
And he's going to listen to the coach.
Right? Doesn't really have an ego.
Yeah, he's gonna be complaining about lack of shots.
He's going to do all the dirty work for for, you know, for the star player, just taking his, you know, defensive assignments, even and stuff like that.
He's a person, you know, pass first mentality.
What more do you want? Right, right.
He's not taking your shots.
For For most of the stars in this league, they're gonna be happy with a play like that.
I think you know how many players would love to play with a guy like, frankly, Latina Ah, guy that they know is gonna come in, do a lot of dirty work.
Uh, pass the ball tomb play defense, E.
You know, they love guys like that.
And then still, you know, you could count on this guy.
You could count on this guy to get a Well, I don't know if you can count on front delegating to get a bucket.
Let me not say that about Frank yet.
Yeah, but just talking about guys that, you know, they guys that they love, you know, when you have guys like that and that guy can get a bucket if you need one, like they love guys like that because they just take a lot of pressure over you and Frank Millikin is almost there.
He's gotta he's got a form that getting a bucket part, you know, which I think he can.
And I think he will, you know? But he's got a form that part of the game.
Everything else is there, you know? I mean, and he fits nicely next to R. J. Barrett.
That's the r. J. Barrett.
And I think the to understand with one another, that they fit nicely together.
Yeah, and once they both develop a jump shot, you know who knows it? Frankly, Latina, can You still got to get his hand a little bit tighter, but, you know, you always see the videos.
I've been working on this handle on those type of things.
Gotta get his hand a little bit tighter.
Um, more confidence in just this game.
Overall, I don't think he ever lacks confidence as a player.
Just confidence in his game overall, you know? I mean, um yeah, man.
Ladies and gentlemen get used to him while you're used to him.
Stay used to him, but I don't think they're moving them.
I think Tom Thibodeau likes Frank and what he brings to the game.
Yeah, I think he does, man, Um, anything else you want to add in there? But frankly, I think I already said the part that, you know, since you know, tips has a short rotation.
I think Frank is gonna be getting minutes not only as the playmaker ball handler.
He's gonna, you know, be playing minutes as the off guard and on defense, He can, you know, got at least three positions, so he's gonna be playing as far as I see it.
He's gonna be playing major minutes for this.
It's not gonna be like 2023.
24 is gonna be around 30 minutes.
And I think that when you're gonna get that much of playing time on the court.
I think you're gonna be more open to take a shot and, you know, and prosper in way different, more categories that you were able to, you know, to show off.
You know, when you play spot minutes or, you know, just assignments, right? So if you're gonna be on that court, you know, every now and then a steal from, you know, even a teammates defensive play is gonna pop into the stat line.
A rebound is going to come, you know, more often and stuff like that.
So the numbers are gonna get only bigger when you get to know.
Ah, guy like Frank, Frank is playing that his style of game and the numbers are going to rise.
If you're gonna be playing more minutes, that's for sure. Yeah.
JP got on a chat, he said.
I thought he was playing great coming into his own at the end of his of the year.
Him and RJ, we're really jelling together and leading the team.
People saw the great games from RJ, but who was setting them up running the oh and setting the tone on the I agree 100% you know? And you've seen, you know, you could see that those two guys were No, they got along.
I believe RJ speaks French, right? Yeah, you know, So that's the connection.
Kind of that that they have.
The French is, you know, like the language that you can, you know, speak given and in some I don't know, I lost the world now, but it's like an office language.
Right? So Right, so So you know that that's a connection that they have.
Um, and Ralph D s said, you know, he believes is possible.
That frightened Latina, he believes, is possible about Frank.
Nil Aquino, you know, everything we were saying about Frank? I said, but the contract might be too high for the front office.
I don't think so.
You know, I'm saying I think that you know he's going to get a he'll get a fair contract, a za long as I see it, I should If I was the g.
And I would try to resign him right now at the start of the season, because after the season, he's probably the value is gonna be bigger and higher, so they're gonna be looking, you know, about 10 million above 12.
Even ast faras I see it.
That's why I would try to lock him up, You know, right now for you no longer court.
And I believe if you would sign him for even at 10 military year, right? I think that's an easy contract to sell, you know, to another team in a multiple, you know, player deal or stuff like that.
I think it's gonna be easy to move that contract if you know you're not gonna be happy with a player like Frank.
Ladies and gentlemen, that's a breakdown of how Tom Thibodeau.
We think Tom Thibodeau might use Frank Miller. Kina.
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Andy, when living with any parting shots nothing.
Nothing less, bro.
See you as well next week, no doubt.
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