NOT ON TIME, EARLY.
We ran a basketball mini-camp for 4th, 5th and 6th graders today. One of the campers beat me to the gym this morning.
I walk in the gym and the camper is working on his dribbling.
His father says to me, ‘he wanted to get here at 7.”
Our camp started at 9…
Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe on Jim O’Brien, now at Emerson and reaching for his dictionary.
O’Brien all but reached his own zenith before his basketball house came tumbling down seven years ago. In a life-wrenching event, O’Brien lost it all when Ohio State fired him and the NCAA banned him from coaching for two years amid allegations he improperly gave $6,000 to the mother of a 7-foot-3-inch recruit from Serbia.
Hurt and bitter – O’Brien insists the payment was a humanitarian loan – he returned to Boston and went into self-imposed exile after the NCAA ban expired.
Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers offered him a job on the Celtics staff. A few Division 1 schools inquired about him. The Holy Cross job opened and he thought about it.
Big-time basketball? He wanted no more of the “rat race,’’ as his friend, Cousy, called it.
“I did a lot of soul-searching,’’ O’Brien said. “I thought about what kind of coaching I might want to do, even if I wanted to coach again.’’
He idled, all but divorced from the game, until he learned about some kids who needed him. City kids. Student-athletes in the Boston public schools.
I watched the Kings and Lakers Monday night. Opening night in Sactown. My only concern was Jimmer Fredette.
This guy can play!
He took it off the dribble. Dished the ball and defended ok. Jimmer scored six points and dished out three assists in 26 minutes.
Remember all the haters a few months ago?
Nice to see Jimmer wearing Bobby Hurley’s old number 7.
I wonder if Rick Reilly watched the game?
Antwan Jamison of the Cavs shot 4-20 last night in a Cavs loss.
Quinn Snyder is an assistant coach with the LA Lakers.
The Washington Wizards are fighting amongst themselves already?
Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank on the opening night loss to the Pacers: “The rebounding numbers are obviously why the score was lopsided. They played smash-mouth basketball and they were the better team tonight.”
I’m excited about the Heat and Celtics tonight. Hoping for a great game!
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