THE CRYING GAME
So after losing to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said there were some guys crying in the locker room. So what! It’s a good thing that losing hurts in South Beach. There’s nothing wrong with crying after a loss; it shows you care. Just don’t make excuses. There’s a big difference in whining and crying. Wish Spoelstra identified the guys shedding tears.
Derrick Rose is the real deal. I know you already know this but now I’m on board. I’m not big on all the MVP talk surrounding Rose and others in the league; especially when guys step to the free-throw line and the fans start their chant. I like teams that win. I like guys who play the right way. Rose has led the Bulls to 9 wins in their last 11 games good for the 2nd best record in the Eastern conference. In the past 3 weeks the Bulls have defeated the Heat, Magic and San Antonio Spurs. Head coach Tom Thibodeau should win Coach of the Year. By the way, LeBron James has won the MVP the past two seasons, and we all know how Cleveland did in the playoffs.
Sporting News on Wes Leonard’s death and his team playing tonight in the opening game of the State tournament in Michigan. National media has picked up on this story and I can say as a coach, I don’t know what I would do in this situation. This might be one of the saddest things someone can go through. Family, friends, teammates, and of course the coaching staff are all suffering. As a coach you attend clinics to improve in your craft, to learn about your sport, but there is nothing covered at these seminars that teaches you to deal with this tragedy. Thoughts and prayers to the Leonard family.
I get tired of all this bubble talk.
And I wish the announcers would stop saying, ‘The Big 3′.
Watched the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks last night. I kept it on mute the whole game and it was a pleasure.
Oftentimes I hear people ask if a current coach played high school, college or even pro basketball. I get asked this question too; My high school career consisted of 7 games. I didn’t get along with the coach. It doesn’t matter if you played at the highest level; all that matters is if you study the game, learn as much as you can, pay your dues, work hard and treat people the right way, you can be a success. Here is a rundown on the NBA guys from the Eastern conference and their NBA playing experience. (Western conference tomorrow)
Doc Rivers: Hawks, Clippers, Knicks, Spurs
Tom Thibodeau: No NBA playing experience
Erik Spoelstra: No NBA playing experience
Stan Van Gundy: No NBA playing experience
Larry Drew: Pistons, Kings, Clippers, Lakers
Mike D’Antoni: Kings, Spurs
Doug Collins: 76ers
Frank Vogel: No NBA playing experience
Paul Silas: Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Nuggets, Sonics
Scott Skiles: Bucks, Pacers, Magic, Bullets, 76ers
John Kuester: Kings, Nuggets, Pacers
Avery Johnson: Sonics, Nuggets, Spurs, Rockets, Warriors, Mavericks
Jay Triano: No NBA playing experience
Flip Saunders: No NBA playing experience
Byron Scott: Lakers, Pacers, Grizzlies
Whatever happened to Gary Voce?
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