COOL IT DOWN!
San Diego State lost to UConn in the NCAA tournament ending their season. Phil Mushnick of the New York Post writes about something that had a lot to do with the Aztecs loss; two technical fouls on Steve Fisher’s team. Mushnick also points out how the announcers didn’t address the problem like they should…
Thursday night on CBS, San Diego State, slightly favored, lost to UConn in the Sweet 16. The outcome was determined to some incalculable but very preventable and highly significant extent by excessive misconduct.
Kawhi Leonard, considered SDSU’s best player, was called for a foul, then talked trash at a UConn player.
After a ref warned him to stop, Leonard didn’t. Technical foul. That cost SDSU a point, and, just 3:48 into the game, put Leonard on the bench with his second foul.
Leonard, who had played
46 minutes in SDSU’s double-OT win against Temple the previous game, played just 29 minutes Thursday because of foul trouble, one for failure to shut his mouth.
As the late Billy Mays used to holler, “But wait! There’s more!”
Yes Billy, you are correct-there is more.
With 9:19 left in the game, SDSU up by four and on a run, Jamaal Franklin made sure to hit UConn’s Kemba Walker with a mean-streets shoulder as both headed to their benches following a UConn timeout.
Another technical. That cost SDSU another two points. Soon UConn would have the lead.
On CBS, Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery didn’t ignore either episode, but they didn’t make a big thing of what was a huge thing.
And it didn’t even make the postgame cut among the CBS/Turner studio analysts. Then again, a couple of them have had their own public behavioral issues.
But here was a chance to scream about something worth screaming about, to be heard loudly and clearly about the sickly, backward state of the sport — and all of our sports.
But nothing. Again.
Addressing your players regarding their behavior is crucial to their progression and reputation. Stephen Jackson had this interesting quote pertaining to his conduct on the court over the years via the New York Times:
My reputation is the main reason why a lot of things don’t go my way on the court,” Jackson said. “I can’t really pout about it and complain about it. I know I put myself in those situations. I went in the stands. I had those incidents off the court, and I’ve got to be responsible for them. I just have to be professional and try to get through it.”
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