Hewitt arranged for the George Mason men’s team to spend an
afternoon Wednesday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, not that
the coach wants to publicize the visit. The team got a tour of the
facilities, interacted with soldiers recovering from war wounds,
including wheelchair basketball athletes, and put in a two-hour
practice on the grounds.
one of those things where we try to give back,” Hewitt says. “But
as always when you ‘re involved in an experience like that, you
come away learning a lot more and gaining a lot more. The soldiers we
had a chance to talk to were extremely brave. They have to work
extremely hard to get their lives back to where they feel they’ll
have a normal life.”
the Patriots have given of themselves this holiday season, it’s
only fair that they receive something in return. Here are some gift
wishes for Hewitt and the team:
offense that realizes Hewitt’s vision of drive-and-dish attack with
balanced scoring as a result of smart passing. As Hewitt noted
earlier in the year, good passing become contagious and the Patriots
are at their best when they’re moving the ball and finding the open
respite from close games. Last year there were 15 games decided by
six points or less. This year there have been seven out of 10. May
the Patriots become a little more ruthless and put games away early
when they have the chance.
shooting from the foul line from the big men. Johnny Williams
(14-20), Erik Copes (8-14), Marko Gujanicic (10-19) and Jon Arledge
(8-15) are a combined 40-for-68, 58.8%. The Los Angeles Lakers would
be ecstatic if Dwight Howard could compile those kinds of numbers.
But the Patriot posts look better than Howard at the line. The good
news is Gujanicic has gone 9-for-10 after starting the season
evolution and improvement from Bryon Allen and Corey Edwards at point
guard. Both have had stretches where they’ve looked good and
stretches where they haven’t. Hewitt has made no secret he wants
better play at the position.
Sherrod Wright, Patrick Holloway and Anali Okoloji to get some help
in three-point shooting. The trio is a combined 33-for-80 (41.3%),
which makes opponents take note. If Vertrail Vaughns (25.0%),
Gujanicic (28.6) and Vaughn Gray (33.3%) can increase their volume
and percentage of threes, then opponents will start to worry.
the Patriots get most of those gifts, they’ll have a nice 2013
portion of the season.