Is Altman fulfilling your Vision?

Altman and Artis

There were so many times in past years when I yearned for good coaching on the Oregon basketball court.  I wanted to see a well run half-court offense, but also a team that would fast break after a opponent basket, or after yet another steal.  I wondered what it would be like to see tough defense from Oregon, and blocking out on the glass!  I wanted to see smart play from the team and an obvious chemistry between the players and the coach, as it was this time of year when I WOULD see it in the NCAA playoffs on other teams and I wished for better for my beloved Ducks.

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Is he on course?

I am not wishing any more.  I am now seeing all those components of a good team from Dana Altman, first in small doses, but growing as the three years moved along and he could develop his style and team he wanted to coach.  We have gone from the bottom third of the conference to the top in three seasons!  Dana and his staff (I believe)  have done a fantastic job recruiting with where he began and all the players who were here for a short time.  When I hear players complimenting their coach for the game-plan, or beginning to integrate the offense to where they KNOW what coach Altman wants on the court….THAT is chemistry.

Coach Altman is fulfilling my vision of what I hoped Oregon basketball could become, and it is obvious we have some wonderful entertainment in future seasons!  Agree?




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Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer

Charles Fischer has been an intense fan of the Ducks for thirty years and has written reports on football boards for over a dozen years. Known as “FishDuck” on those boards, he is acknowledged for providing intense detail in his scrimmage reports and in his Xs and Os play analyses. He and his wife Lois, a daughter, Christine, and their dog (Abbie) reside in Eugene, Oregon, where he has been a financial advisor for 30 years serving clients in seven different states. He does not profess to be a coach or analyst, but simply a “hack” that enjoys sharing what he has learned and invites others to correct or add to this body of Oregon Football! See More...

  • don coates

    Absolutely agree! Dana is amazing…..and his players are doing an amazing job! Can’t wait until next season.

  • Way to go Fish, appreciate all the hard work you guy’s put in, and I was bummed earlier when we lost those two to colorado and Utah, cause we should of won the Pac 12, and I actually wrote Dana need’s to step it up because these kids were better than that. Then they won the Pac Tourney and if they would of started faster, they could of beaten Louisville, but hey baby steps right! Hope we get Gordon cause that’s a Team that could make it to the final 4. Go Duck’s it was certainly an amazing year.

    • fishduck

      Hey Doug,

      I too, was disappointed with the losses at the end of the season and could not understand our poor performance. Then I was reminded that Dotsun got hurt the week before against Oregon State and only scored five points the entire week against Utah/Colorado. The ensuing games proved how important he is for our offense! Both Dotsun hurt and Artis just beginning to come back…it was too much of a it hit on the team. Both recovering when they did put us at peak level and it was amazing.

      Fun times ahead.

  • MallardinCorvallis

    I am really surprised that Gordon did not sign with Oregon. I wonder if Altman will go after a transfer like Sandi Marcius from Purdue?