Maybe people will recall the lows Guangdong team has experienced in the past six years, and some people may wonder whether they can build a dynasty in the future, but these are no longer important. The South China tiger has steadfastly returned to the right path. I dont think we have gone through a detour, Du Feng said. Everyone on the road of growth, you feel right at that stage. Thing. If only measured by champions, many CBA teams can say that they are going the wrong way, so as long as you know what to do and what to do at a certain stage, it is the right way.
The playoffs were not lost, the regular season only lost four games, the finals swept the opponents 4-0, and won the ninth championship in the teams history, surpassing the Bayi Team to become the most frequently won team in CBA history. Guangdong Mens Basketball Teams performance in the 2018-2019 season is not only the most impressive of all teams in that season, but also the best in their own teams history. In addition to excellent results, the small ball system adopted by Guangdong Team has set off a wave in the league, which is a rare leading effect of previous champions. What is more gratifying is that this old brand team has completed the renewal of the team while returning to its peak.
Behind all this, how many difficulties and bravery, how many accomplishments and responsibilities, and listen to the return of the championship Du Feng and his team members come one by one.
Difficult Choices Behind Little Ball Storm
When the outside world is talking about the Guangdong teams new opportunities, the most mentioned is the teams small ball system. After all, this way of playing not only brings the ninth championship to Guangdong team, but also affects the future tactical decision-making of more teams. But in fact, this successful small ball system is the result of many yearspractice of the coaching team of Guangdong team.
Most of the ideas put forward are objections.
Speaking of the small ball system, watching NBA fans may be more familiar, after all, this has been popular in the NBA and international basketball circles for some time. The Guangdong team used a small ball system in the semi-finals of 2015 against Beijing. At that time, Du Feng temporarily took over the whip of Yunas, boldly launched the small foreign aid combination of Bynum and Moody, and received wonderful results in the competition.
Although the Guangdong team lost to the Beijing team in the end, the preliminary attempt to play this system made Du Feng have a bottom in his heart. I was wondering if we could really try this game. I remember Coach Gore coming to our team the next season, I told him that he was in favor of it.
However, when Du Feng really put forward this idea, all he heard were opposing voices. A lot of people began to question it and say,Whos going to rebound from the inside? Whos tired of Allianz? Everyone else has a lot of foreign aid. How can we carry it? Wait, it can be said that almost no one is optimistic about this system.
18-win streak is the best persuasion
Under the controversy, Du Fengs plan to build a small ball system was gradually stalled with Du Fengs promotion to the national team, until he returned to Guangdong last year, and when Maurice, the teams big foreign aid, was injured again during the warm-up match, Du Feng realized that the opportunity to mention the small ball had come again. Maybe its my personality. I think its the right way to go. I should stick to it. He said. At that time, when many brokers saw that Morris was injured, they immediately recommended interior players to Hongyuan, but Du Feng found general manager Zhu Fangyu and called for an unexpected foreign aid, Sony Wilms. In fact, Ive been observing Wimes for a long time. Du Feng said.
However, since Guangdong had already decided on another small foreign aid Delaney, and signing Wimes meant that the team had to completely change its previous playing style, Du Feng returned to a situation where he had to convince everyone to accept the new attempt. The voices of opposition are endless. I have to explain and persuade them over and over again. Its really difficult. Later, Du Feng simply did not explain, directly assumed responsibility as a coach, according to the desired system to train the running-in team, better to say, it is better to show them a practical effect, which is the most convincing.
Sure enough, with the Guangdong teams 18 consecutive wins at the beginning of the season breaking the CBAs best opening record, South China Tigers fast, efficient and changeable small ball play immediately set off a storm throughout the CBA, and all those previous doubts turned into praise. Others say that only Guangdong team can play like this, but the result is that in the second half of the league, more teams choose to learn from Guangdong when changing foreign aid, forming double small foreign aid. Shenzhen team, Guangzhou team, Shanxi team and Zhejiang team are all the same. Shenzhen team and Zhejiang team have also achieved good results because of this change. I think its a better feedback than our own championship, Du Feng said. It affects other teams and makes them imitate us, which proves that we made the right choice.
Sweet Troubles Caused by Three Super Foreign Aids
If the small ball system opens up the situation for Guangdong team to win the championship, then it is the arrival of two super foreign aid Matthew Brooks and Beasley before the playoffs that add more weight to the team to win the championship. With the original Wilms, how to coordinate the three of them is a very test of the wisdom of the coaching team. No wonder Zhu Fangyu said that it was a sweet annoyance.
Investors sign double insurance
At the earliest time, after our fourth regular season match with Xinjiang team, my mobile phone jumped out of a news that Ma Shang had been laid off by the NBA. At that time, I quickly called up the coaching team and said that I wanted to introduce him and win the support of everyone. Du Feng said. The reason for the exchange of foreign aid is from the brand at that time, although Guangdong Team is the first in the regular season, it is really difficult to say that against such strong teams as Liaoning and Xinjiang, there is a full victory. So in order to hit the ninth championship more steadily, Zhu Fangyu immediately contacted Brooksagent after getting the approval of club owner Chen Haitao. However, at that time, there were many teams also in favor of Brooks, which also made Brooks need more time to choose, and did not give Hongyuan an immediate answer. At this point, another news came, and Beasley was laid off by the NBA team.
Speaking of Bisley, he has a bigger reputation and more personality, but Du Feng has always appreciated him. I think hes the kind of player that fits our system very well. Places 2, 3, 4 and even 5 can be competent. Ive been watching him, and Ive heard a lot about him with Ding Yanyuhang. I think he may not be asstinging headas rumors do, so Ive always quoted him. Im thinking about it.
Coincidentally, Du Feng and Zhu Fangyu met Bisley when they went to the United States last summer to watch the summer league tournament for foreign aid. At that time, they extended an invitation to Bisley, and Bisley responded positively, saying that if they returned to CBA, they would prefer Guangdong Team first. As a result, the fans Big Master did not break his promise. It took only three days to send the contract from Guangdong Team to sign it. On the first day after arriving in Dongguan, Chen Haitao came to see the training and asked him how he had decided to join Guangdong so soon. Bisley also laughed and said, Yes, because I promised you so long ago.
At this time, however, there was also an echo from Brooks, expressing his willingness to join. Contradictions, the club owner Chen Haitao made a decisive decision, simply signed the two, the last double insurance.
Knowledge in managing and debugging foreign aid
This seems to be a very respectable big-hand, but Du Feng cool behind the back, on the one hand, he is happy to deepen the lineup, on the other hand, it is also on the back of greater pressure. And more importantly, there were not many rounds left in the regular season at that time. How could these three foreign aid match and coordinate without affecting their emotions and achieve the best results? This problem really tested the coaching team.
All three foreign aid are very strong. Its very contradictory who needs it, so we tell them our plans and needs one by one. Fortunately, they all understand and cooperate better. Du first tried the combination of Wimsley and Brooks, and the results were quite good. Then he also won with Bisley and Wimsley, but when he tried to partner with Bisley and Brooks, the team encountered problems. Both of them are players who need a lot of power on the court, Du Feng said. So we found that when they played at the same time, they actually weakened our chemical reaction. Ultimately, the team decided to snowpack Bisley in the playoffs, always using Weyms and Brooks as foreign aid.
Referring to this, Du Feng also particularly appreciated Bisleys attitude. We know that some foreign aid may be unhappy when they hear that they have been transferred. They relax their demands and do not go to training, including Adams of Xinjiang team, the finals opponent, who is said to have not trained with the team. But Bisley didnt. He always trained hard with us. He was hardly late and did his best in the confrontation. As you can see during the match, he was very active in refueling us. He didnt have any big-name foreign aid at all. This is very rare and confirmed our original judgment on him.
As for Brooks, at first he was a little relaxed. Stimulated by this kind of environment, he became more and more active and even began to be afraid. It was revealed that once in training, Brooks apologized to the whole team face to face for his bad performance. This is not to say that the big foreign aid is the general foreign aid, and it is very difficult to bow in the team.
After winning the championship, new blood is boiling
There is no doubt that core players such as foreign aid and Yi Jianlian have contributed to the championship. To the fanssurprise, the young players in the team have made remarkable progress. After winning the eighth Championship six years ago, the Guangdong team actually fell into a new era of low ebb. At that time, investor Chen Haitao set a goal, not only to win the championship, but also to complete the team replacement. This goal now seems to be showing signs of success.
Initially the lineup wasnt thick enough
I really want to win this championship because the pressure is very high. Ren Junfei, a member of the team, said that although he had won the championship before, for him, the ninth championship was the most participatory one. The same group of people with me left one by one, leaving me alone. Others say that your Hongyuan Youth Team is not very strong, how to come up is not good, this is not acceptable to me, so I have to prove myself, this time finally achieved.
As Ren Junfei said, in the past six years, Guangdong Team has undergone many personnel changes. Several superstars who once brought eight glorious Championships are still playing with Yi Jianlian. To be honest, we may have more experience in our previous lineup, Du Feng said. This season I will look at nine new faces in the team, many first- and second-year players. I think few people will say that our lineup depth can be compared with those of Liaoning and Xinjiang.
Give both opportunities and strict requirements
So how do you activate these new blood? The Guangdong teams approach is to break down the stereotypes and give young people more opportunities, of course, on the premise that young players strive for their own efforts. Taking Zeng Fanri as an example, the young center transferred from Qingdao in 2016 has not had much chance to play in the past two seasons. After Du Feng returned to coaching, Xiao Zeng conveyed to Du Feng through his assistant coach his wish to have more chances to play. I said, OK, give you more time, but you also have to give me back and know your task clearly. As a result, he did, and as you can see, thats growth. Du Feng said.
But in fact, Du Feng is reluctant to let the outside world pay too much attention to the young players most of the season. The reason is simple, because the outside worlds attention, especially praise, often makes the playersmentality unbalanced. The most typical case is in the playoffs, second-year guard Hu Mingxuan has a three-point shooting five shots, the outside world marveled at the novice as a treasure boy, and in the second game, Hu Mingxuan dropped sharply. I saw that he even changed the position of his hand when shooting, I knew it must be a fluctuation of mentality. After the game, Du Feng joked at the press conference that he wanted to seal off and prohibit the media from interviewing young players in the team. Maybe the players didnt understand why the coach was so harsh before, but many of the players who went out later came back to tell me, and finally understood my conscience at that time.
Fortunately, these young people have already known how to better obey the needs of the team and make the Guangdong team play more selflessly. Zhao Rui, a defender who has experienced the last Finals, is a good representative. He has proved that he has excellent offensive ability, but this season Zhao Rui often plays the role of guard with knife to defend the other sides foreign aid. According to the data, Zhao Rui no longer seems prominent, but the role is more and more important. I feel like Im in third grade and need to take on more things, he said. This season Ive got fewer points, even more non-points, but its all for the team. If I need to, I can get some points, and my mentality is more mature. This is a process from boy to man. Source: Author of Southern Metropolitan Daily: Wang Yayun, Editor-in-Charge: Pan Senjun_NBJS8344
Young people know better about serving teams
Fortunately, these young people have long known how to better comply with the needs of the team and make the Guangdong team play more selflessly. Zhao Rui, a defender who has experienced the last Finals, is a good representative. He has proved that he has excellent offensive ability, but this season Zhao Rui often plays the role of guard with knife to defend the other sides foreign aid. According to the data, Zhao Rui no longer seems prominent, but the role is more and more important. I feel like Im in third grade and need to take on more things, he said. This season Ive got fewer points, even more non-points, but its all for the team. If I need to, I can get some points, and my mentality is more mature. This is a process from boy to man.