Former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Glen Gondrrezick has passed away. He was 53. The New York Times has the story. I recall watching him play for the New York Knicks back in the day. After games we would hang outside Madison Square Garden to try and get autographs and even sneakers. Gondo, was always cool with us.
“He was only 6 foot 6; the hustle is what made him,” saidJerry Tarkanian, the former U.N.L.V. coach. “He would dive on the floor. He would take charges. If they kept that stat, he would have led the nation in taking charges.”
It was just a couple of months ago I was listening to people trash the selection of Vinny Del Negro as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Here is a blog entry I wrote back in January. Del Negro has his Bulls team tied 2-2 in their first round playoff series with the Boston Celtics. Tonight is game 5. Del Negro has done a great job in Chicago. Let him coach!
The Michigan High School Athletic Association and their basketball coaches are trying to get more involved with their athletes. Detroit News on their workout/clinic this past Sunday.
Character Counts website has a pretty solid essay on parents being teachers…To me, it all starts at home.
But even worse, we tend to forget that the most important teachers are parents. Good child-rearing involves more than providing food, shelter, and education. It should also instill good values and habits, teach right from wrong, and show how to make good decisions that are both effective and ethical.
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Praying for a speedy recovery for Tex Winter, LA Lakers assistant coach. AP has the story.
Winter, 87, fell ill Saturday morning in Manhattan, where he was attending a reunion of Kansas State basketball team members, the Lakers said.
“The assessment today is some of his faculties are coming back and he’s improving,” Jackson said Sunday at the Lakers’ suburban practice gym.
It’s happened a couple of times already during the NBA playoffs this past week – teams have the ball but out of timeouts after a made basket or free-throw by the opponent. In the NBA you can advance the ball all the way to the 3-quarter mark. On ESPN last night, Avery Johnson said last night, “always gotta keep one tucked away in the back pocket.”
Phil Jackson never likes to call timeout and Bobby Knight never was one to call for one.
What’s your philosophy on calling them?
Great piece on Houston Rockets head coach Rick Adelman on relationships and winning via Sports Tribune
“Heck, I never expected to coach in the NBA,” he says. “I was going to be a high school coach.”
After his seven seasons as a player ended in 1975, Adelman spent a year working as a sales rep for Converse Shoe Company in Southern California. With his masters degree in education from Loyola Marymount, Adelman applied for a couple of high school teaching and coaching positions. He didn’t get either job.
“I did poorly in the interviews,” he says, “and I found out I had no clue what high school coaching was all about. During the eight years I had been out of college, guys in my (graduating) class had worked six or seven years in coaching and were way ahead of me in terms of experience.”
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