The surprising reason why the Buckeyes watched a Klay Thompson video

Adam Jardy
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate after the Bulls call a timeout during the first half at the United Center Monday Oct. 29, 2018, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Ohio State was concluding the 23rd practice of its 2018 preseason Tuesday when a flat-screen television was wheeled to a corner of the main court at Value City Arena. There, all 14 members of the team plus the coaching staff gathered around as Chris Holtmann showed them a clip from Monday night’s momentous NBA game between Golden State and Chicago.

The clip, of course, featured Klay Thompson and his record-setting shooting night that saw him hit 14 three-pointers. But it wasn’t the focus of what Holtmann was getting across to his Ohio State team.

“We were not showing 14 made threes: we were showing his teammates’ reaction to that moment and that night of his,” Holtmann said Wednesday. “That was the purpose of the film.”

The message of showing joy for your teammates was not something that specifically needed addressed with the Buckeyes, Holtmann said. In addition to plenty of video the Buckeyes are constantly shown of themselves, the coaching staff likes to mix things up by showing short videos on all kinds of different topics – some related to basketball, some not.

So while the Buckeyes are expected to be a team that relies more on the three-pointer than they did a year ago, the point wasn’t merely to marvel at Thompson putting on the most prolific shooting night in the history of the league. It was simply another way Holtmann said he’s trying to coach and guide a team picked to finish eighth in the preseason media poll conducted jointly by The Dispatch and the Athletic.

“I showed them a football clip the day before right before practice,” Holtmann said. “It’s like one minute, which given young peoples’ attention span fits right into their perfect viewing time. It could be a variety of things. It breaks up the monotony of the clips always being about us and if there’s a good example from another team or another sport or even another walk of life that we feel like relates to how you want your team to construct, how you want our team to conduct ourselves, we want to show it. I’m always looking for stuff like that.”


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