Read: How John Tortorella Deals With Young Players

John TortorellaOn Thursday, during his two goal MSG debut, cameras showed JT Miller talking with John Tortorella on the bench.

In the NY Times, Miller said that he was asking Tortorella about his positioning and placement during certain plays and the Rangers breakout.

Miller says that he appreciated the conversations with Tortorella on the bench, “It was really nice to have him help me out. It was nice to know there was somebody there for me like that, that knows the structure of the game that well, and he wants you to be better.”

Jeff Klein wrote in the Times that Tortorella seemed “warm and almost fatherly, smiling, with his hands on Miller’s shoulders as he spoke with him at length.”

In terms of how the team deals with young players, Derek Stepan, who joined the Rangers as a 20 year old, told the NY Times, “Torts and the organization do a great job of taking young kids and making sure they’re ready. They do a very good job of making sure they shield you from pressure from the outside.

John Tortorella has made it known that he doesn’t want the long-term future of Miller or Chris Kreider harmed.





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bob
bob

Devin Smith  = Desean Jackson

Zartan
Zartan

Screw the catch, did you see him stick that landing.

juunit
juunit

I wonder if he can do it out of a pool...

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Reminds me of the 70s when the kids in schoolyards were more concerned with learning to dribble between their legs instead of sound, fundamentals.

A guy named Magic Johnson also commented about the lack of basic fundamentals with the youth.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Lloyd Jay Reife


Kinda ironic that, considering Magic was a very flashy player, albeit one with outstanding fundamentals.  


I can see why people would try and emulate him based on highlight reels and would focus on the flashy moves without accounting for the hours and hours of hard work he put in to get to that level.


This is a pattern that has continued by the way.  Everyone focusing too hard on trying to dunk like Jordan without having all-round skills definitely sent the talent pool into a tailspin at the pro level and this latest craze for And-1 Mixtape Tour style ankle-breaking streetball is having a similar effect on fundamentals (team play in particular) at youth basketball levels, which will eventually filter up to the pros.


Top players not being encouraged to stay in college (where team-based ball is still prevalent) longer than a year hurts this too, although I can fully understand the financial reasoning behind not doing this.


Devin Smith is a great athlete.  That's all we need to take from this.

Bent
Bent moderator

1st quarter: 15:00 - Geno Smith pass incomplete deep left intended for Devin Smith.  Receiver came down with the ball several hundred miles out of bounds.

Zartan
Zartan

Stop hating Bent, it's beneath you.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Zartan


It's satire, not hating.


I'm making fun of the people who overreact negatively to everything Geno Smith related.