When teams struggle, and everyone is going nuts, who’s at fault?
Players? Coaches? Managers? Trainers? Ball boys? Concession workers?
I’m not really sure to tell you the truth. But I will tell you the easiest target is the coach; so eventually he gets fired.
The Detroit Pistons are going through a tough stretch right now after they lost their 8th straight game last night to the New Orleans Hornets. Michael Curry is not the problem with the Detroit Pistons. I repeat, he is not the problem!
I found a story from the SGVTribune on Lamar Odom and his stay in LA with the Clippers and the coach at the time Alvin Gentry; who has taken over for Terry Porter in Phoenix.
He put a lot of faith in me,” Odom said.
Odom said he repaid that trust by making mistakes that cost Gentry his job.
“A lot of that team could have stayed together if my decision-making was better, and A.G. did a great job of giving me support,” Odom said. “I probably didn’t uphold my end of the bargain, to some degree. I got hurt and I did some things to hurt myself.”
I love Odom for being a ‘truth-teller’. I wish more players would admit that it’s their fault when teams struggle. I was watching a Pistons game the other night and Curry was explaining something to one player and the guy wasn’t even listening to him.
Gentry was loyal to Odom and put a lot of trust in him.
“But I was more mad at myself because I feel like I could have done a better job myself of protecting him,” he said. “I mean, if I would have protected myself, you know what I’m saying? If I had done a better job of playing, of taking care of my body, taking care of Lamar the person, those kinds of the things all go together in the sports world.”
It’s easy to point the finger at the coach, it’s usually what everyone does, but sometimes you need to look a bit closer; there are other problems other than the coach.
Accountability baby! Teach it to your young ones at an early age!