SATURDAY’S STEP SLIDE
What is happening to my beloved New York Knicks?
Jeremy Lin and crew have lost 4 straight games and 7 of their last 10. Last night they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-114.
Doc Sadler was fired at Nebraska yesterday. Sadler had a record of 101-89 in 6 years.
Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press on Tom Izzo and how he feels about Bruce Weber being fired at Illinois.
“I think it was ridiculous the way that thing was handled. And if I take abuse for that, I really don’t care, because I’m also the president of our association. This isn’t about a friendship. This is about a profession.
“And whenever you’re in an organization, whether it be yours, whether it be mine, or whether it be a business one, the only way you can be successful is if, top to bottom, from the president to the trainer, we’re all on the same page, and that in five, six months, you can determine something.
“I feel bad for the Illini nation, because somebody’s — somebody pulled the rug out from under them. I feel bad for those players that have been there that, in my estimation, weren’t given a fair chance back about the middle of January, whenever that famous statement was made.
Congrats to New Mexico last night. They beat UNLV in the Mountain West tournament.
How about the Cincinnati Bearcats? Mick Cronin’s team upset Syracuse last night in the Big East tournament.
Chico State won their first NCAA tournament game since 1958.
Zach Hillesland of the New York Times on Mike Brey and Notre Dame basketball.
One of the first things Coach ever said to me turned out to be one of the most significant. It was during my first year, one of the very first practices, and I had forced up a terrible attempt at a 3-point shot. He pulled me aside later and said, “You don’t need to reinvent yourself.”
It took me seven years to figure out that he was not talking about on-court skills. He was talking about personality. And therein lies the rub. Don’t reinvent yourself. The guys who try to reinvent themselves falter. He is not saying, “Don’t improve,” he is saying, “Understand who you are, and translate that to the court.”
Immature players do not thrive in his system. Make yourself a man and you will have an open seat at the table. And that is not saying you cannot be a kid or that you cannot make mistakes, but when you step on the court and put that jersey on, you better take accountability for yourself and you better at least resemble a grownup.
Two solid semi’s today in the Big Ten. Wisconsin-Michigan State. Michigan-Ohio State to follow.
Which men’s college basketball coach do you think wakes up the earliest in the morning? Who gets the least amount of sleep during the season?
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