In one of the bigger “duh” statements of the week, North Carolina sophomore superstar James Michael McAdoo was frustrated after an embarrassing 83-59 loss at the hands of number-one Indiana, and blamed the loss on a lack of team camaraderie.
“I just think we need to really work on our camaraderie, I would say.” Black Sports Online reported McAdoo’s disappointment in his team being able to break out of slumps, which he further elaborated on. “I feel like when they were going on that run, we were kind of all looking to each other when we should have been just coming together as a team … knowing that not one person – not me, not anyone – had to make one spectacular play that was going to bring us back.”
This seems a lot like McAdoo being frustrated with being the only go to player on a team that had several of them last year, which has resulted in double-teams and tougher looks for the budding forward. McAdoo tied his lowest scoring output in the loss with 10 points, which not so coincidentally, saw him have his worst shooting night of the young season (4-15 from the field, 2-6 from the charity stripe).
The Tar Heels shouldn’t be too frustrated considering neither of their two losses were tremendous upsets. Throw in that they were without one of their better scorers in P.J. Hairston, and they essentially lost the game by opening the second half going 1-of-20 from the field, and the blowout loss is something that certainly isn’t insurmountable for this young, albeit extremely talented team.
This is going to be a real learning experience, and even more, a real growing experience for a team that lost four of it’s five starters from a season ago. Now it’s up to Roy Williams, and of course, McAdoo, to right the ship.
I’m sure they will.
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