I can understand how it’s been hard for fans to get behind, or stay behind, the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team this season.
If anything, the Rainbows have been a study in inconsistency. What started out as promising turned into disappointing for two major tangible reasons: Bill Amis’ foot injury that knocked him out for the season, and the inability of talented guard Dwain Williams to get with the program.
The biggest intangible has been what clearly appears to be a lack of consistent desire to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played by some members of the team. Some say you can’t blame that on coaching. I say you can and should, because coaches are charged with bringing in players they can work with and motivating them. It’s not like there’s a GM or someone else above the head coach recruiting the players.
Yes, injuries have become a major problem. But starting the season with just three scholarship guards was rolling the dice with bad odds.
Lack of consistent effort and desire is a problem where accountability falls on the players and the coaches.
–By Dave Reardon