Hansbrough Watch – Nov 22
My article on Ben Hansbrough’s lack of playing time yesterday received quite a lot of attention, so I decided to follow up on it with the inaugural edition of our brand-new Hansbrough Watch!
From now on, the Hansbrough Watch will keep you up-to-date on Ben’s playing time – or lack thereof – after each FC Bayern game.
Before I tell you how much burn Ben got in Bayern’s Eurocup loss to Cedevita Zagreb, however, I’d like to add a few things to yesterday’s article.
As you may remember, the official reason for Ben’s non-existent minutes is that he still needs to adjust to the European game. The flaw in this reasoning is so glaring that I didn’t mention it yesterday, but after today’s game (can you guess yet how many minutes Ben got?), I thought it was time to drop the … nonsense … and expose that explanation for what it is: A load of … nonsense.
If Ben needs to adjust to the European game, there is only one place where he can do so – on the court. Since he’s never actually ON the court, how is he supposed to adjust to the European game?
[Channeling my inner Allen Iverson] “In practice? In practice?” Yes, Inner Allen, good point. He can certainly learn to adjust in practice, to some degree (not that practice can ever replace an actual game for learning purposes).
But Ben has been with the team for more than three months. If he really hasn’t managed to adjust enough to be given at least a few minutes in every game, then something is very, very wrong: Either Ben is a joke of a basketball player, which I refuse to believe, based on the available body of evidence from his college days; or Coach Bauermann is a joke of a basketball coach for not being able to help Ben adjust – which I also refuse to believe.
So, the “adjustment” excuse is just that – an excuse. Smoke and mirrors. There has to be a non-basketball related reason for Ben riding the pine. My bet is that there is an interpersonal conflict between Hansbrough and Coach Bauermann. Perhaps because Ben came to Munich expecting to be “the man”, perhaps for some other reason. We can only hope that these two alpha dogs will find a way to settle their issues and make Ben a productive member of Bayern’s team. The fans are itching to see him play, preferably this season and in Bayern’s uniform. I will keep my fingers crossed … but won’t keep my hopes up too high. As I’ve mentioned before, rumor has it that it is harder to get out of Coach Bauermann’s doghouse than it is to get off the Lost island. And Ben won’t have six seasons to pull it off.
Oh, I almost forgot: Hansbrough Watch. Ben secured another DNP-CD for his growing collection today (as if you hadn’t guessed), bringing his total playing time to 78 minutes in 11 games – 9 BBL, 2 Eurocup. He is now averaging 7 MPG.