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Dear Gary (on my Edgar Sosa comment)

Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:39 am

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: For you to say that Edgar Sosa can't shoot (in the Monday Look Back) is not to know him. I admit he's not comfortable in Rick Pitino's system, but this kid was born to knock down big shots. If you don't believe me ask Acie Law. I've been watching this kid since he was 12 and shooting the basketball is what he does. Maybe he doesn't fit with the Cards but if you really want to see him, come to Dyckman Park one summer and watch him ball-out.

-- Sherman

Oh, if I had a dollar for everybody who could "ball-out" and Dyckman Park.

Got another Sosa email, if you're interested.

Dear Gary:  First you diss Louisville in the rankings and verbally at every opportunity. Now Sosa can't shoot? Would you prefer a 40-pecent shooter without pressure or a 23-percent shooter who shoots 60-percent under pressure?

-- Rick

First, I have no idea where you're getting the "60-percent under pressure" stat. But either way, I'd just prefer somebody who didn't miss roughly four out of every five 3-pointers he takes, and I'm not even sure what the hell we're arguing about. Are you really upset that I dropped Louisville from the rankings when it was sitting at 7-2 with no good wins and losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota? And do you really think the Cards should be ranked now even though they are 9-3 with the additional loss coming at home to a UNLV team that didn't even use its best player?


Remember, I'm the guy who had Louisville ranked second in the preseason.

And I'm the guy who called Rick Pitino the best coach in the Big East.

I like the team and its coach.

But the games are the games, and the losses are the losses, and I'm not sure how anybody can look at what's happened through 12 games and conclude that Louisville belongs in the Top 25. As for Sosa, I mean, the guy just doesn't make shots, and that's the best way to separate good shooters from bad shooters, to figure out who makes shots and who doesn't.

Kyle McAlarney, for instance, is a good shooter.


Because he makes 45.3 percent of his 3-point attempts.

But Sosa is literally shooting 23.1 percent from beyond the arc this season, 32.9 percent from the field overall. Furthermore, he made 34.5 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and 37.3 percent of 3-pointers as a sophomore, so he's never really approached even 40 percent, which is a pretty achievable number for good shooters, or at least the ones who don't hurt their average by taking too many questionable shots (like Stephen Curry sometimes does).

So again, Edgar Sosa isn't a good shooter.

I stand by my statement.

And if you want to argue, that's fine.

But you must first explain why he's shooting 33.9 percent from 3-point range the past two seasons.

Good luck with that.

It'd be like me trying to tell you I'm a good speller even though I misspell seven out of every 10 words.

Would that make much sense?


Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2009 1:29 pm

Dear Gary (on my Edgar Sosa comment)

Well, technically if you spelt five out of every ten words correctly I still wouldn't consider you a good speller. However, if you make five out of every ten shots correctly I would say you are a good shooter.

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