“Your fundamentals, your technique, all your experiences, all those things are really, really important but there’s nothing bigger than energy and toughness. It’s got to be there constantly.”
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“High school players should be thankful if they have a demanding, fundamental driven and high expectation coach. Babied and coddled doesn’t cut it.”
“The more I coach the more I am convinced of this. Bad players get frustrated. Average players make excuses. Great players get determined.”
ESPN’S FRAN FRASCHILLA ON TOM CREAN:
Anybody who says he works a team too hard probably doesn’t like hard work.
He has a really good feel for his kids. We all wish we could do something different…it’s easy to say, ‘Man, we’re getting ready for Georgetown, I wish we hadn’t gone so long on Wednesday and Thursday.’ We’ve all done that as coaches. But for the most part he has a great feel because he’s thought all these things out; he’s had people help him as he’s matured as a coach. I don’t think that’s an issue.
When I say they go harder than most teams, they’re doing all shooting and those things. Things that aren’t that physically taxing. Skill work, standing in one spot and knocking down shots. Your arm might get a little tired, but that’s about it.
Thanks to my guy Clarence Gaines (Follow him on Twitter, @ClaranceGaines2) for sending me a great interview with Jeremy Lin’s high school basketball coach, it’s worth reading.
Mitch Stephens of Max Preps on the new, New York Knicks sensation.
“I’m not saying he’s Steve Nash,” Diepenbrock said. “But everywhere he’s gone they’ve loved him. But someone just needed to give him a chance, a real chance to play say 20 minutes a game for 10 games.”
Tom Noie of the South Bend Tribune with ND’s road win at WVA. I’ve been saying it for 3 weeks, Mike Brey is Big East Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.
Janet Rebeor-Dexter of Pall Times.com on a girls high school basketball coach that has been put on administrative leave.
An anonymous email was also sent Friday to administrators and news media, including The Palladium-Times, that quoted the note. According to the note, Reed was disappointed in what he considered a lack of senior leadership. “Is the season over? Are the seniors just going to give up on the rest of the season and not be leaders for the younger members of the team?” the note said. “Do the younger kids not want to use every opportunity they have to prepare for their future? Do we not understand that preparation for the future is happening or at least can and should be happening every day? I’ll be honest with you, this type of season is so foreign to me that I don’t really know how to deal with it — it makes me sick my last couple of years have been so difficult — I guess allowing teenagers to make good decisions for themselves is a big mistake! I should have been the rotten bastard that I needed to be to get you players to practice the right way!”
We are hearing more and more situations like this around the game of basketball. I talked to a good friend who coached me back in the 80′s and I asked him if he ever had problems with parents and he said, “yes.”
Last night I went to my daughter’s 7th grade basketball game and there were 2 parents in the stands from the visiting team verbally abusing the official during the game. After the game, one of the parents ran up to a supervisor of the gym and complained about the players…
Officials need to eject parents from the gym if they direct their frustration towards the official.
Michael Brown of the NZ Herald on a basketball player looking to change his behavior.
Wilkinson knows better than most what it means to fall off the rails. It might be hard to imagine now when you look at the clean-cut, personable American and devout Mormon but in a past life he was cut from his high school basketball team because of a bad attitude, lived off a diet of drugs, alcohol and partying, dropped out of school and lived a hedonistic existence for about five years.
Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun on the big game coming up Saturday between UNLV and San Diego State.
Terry Hutchens of the South Bend Tribune on the first player in 40 years to play at I.U. – wow, that’s amazing.
I feel bad for Chauncey Billups of the LA Clippers – he’s out for the year with a torn Achilles.
Wasn’t Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants voted by NFL players as the least likely coach they would want to play for?
Quote of the Day: “There’s a lot of things that go into being a point guard. You have to understand how you play but you also have to understand what everyone else needs. And you have to play at both ends. -Tom Crean
A few upsets in college basketball.
Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal on Northwestern beating Michigan State 81-74 in Evanston. The Spartans 15 game winning streak comes to an end. Coach Izzo had a message for his team late in the game during a timeout.
“I wanted to tell them, ‘Remember why we didn’t win this game,’ ” Izzo said. “I wanted it to be fresh in their minds when we were on the court, you know? The freshmen, I wanted them to know that this is not acceptable. And I wanted Brandon Wood to understand that, ‘You came here to try to get in the tournament because you didn’t think you could do that (at Valparaiso). Maybe part of the reason was because you didn’t help Valpo do that. You have got to man up in the big games.’
Troy Hyde of the Iowa Examiner on Iowa’s win over Michigan 75-59.
“I knew we were going to get great effort today, but again, it’s the attention to detail,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. “Last two games what did we do, 21 turnovers in each game. You can’t win. We had eight turnovers today.”
Nancy Kercheval of Bloomberg on Florida State over North Carolina 90-57.
Northern Illinois got their first win of the season against a D-1 school by beating Central Michigan University 74-66.
In basketball, some don’t believe in upsets.
Most feel that on any given night, anyone can win.
If you played the game or coached it, every single day you feel you can win.
If you don’t you shouldn’t be competing.
John Feinstein of the Washington Post on Tom Crean and his turnaround at IU.
“There were certainly some moments those first couple of years when it was really tough,” Crean said late Tuesday night, back on SR-37 (and driving the speed limit) after seeing a recruit play. “I loved it at Marquette [where he went to the 2003 Final Four] but the chance to coach at Indiana was something I couldn’t pass up. I’m from the Midwest. I’ve always followed Indiana basketball. It was always something special to me.
“I knew there was a lot of work to be done but I didn’t know just how bad things were. There were academic problems and problems off the court that really set things back. I thought there were going to be some situations that would be okay but as it turned out very little was salvageable. It just wasn’t good.”
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer calls out Thad Matta.
Matta has been a very good hire in the big picture. He coped with the wreckage of the Jim O’Brien scandals better than anyone could have hoped. He has put the Buckeyes squarely in the national title hunt most seasons. They are fixtures in the NCAA Tournament. Despite his success, however, he still wears the “recruiter” label. Illinois did nothing to dispel it.
Murray State is now 18-0 after their win over Tennessee Tech.
Yahoo Sports writer Les Carpenter said fans want to read about Tim Tebow, that’s why the media writes about him so much. Do you agree with that?
Quote of the Day: “You’ve got to move on. We’re a young basketball team and that’s part of it, but learn from it. I’m not one of these guys who says forget about it. Don’t forget it. I don’t want you to forget about it if you’re man enough to play at this level. If you’re good enough and strong enough to play at this level, don’t forget about it, hold onto it. You don’t want to run from it. That’s not my mentality. I understand as a coach, these things happen. But don’t forget it. Remember it and use it for fuel to rev your engine up a little bit and respond from it. You don’t want it to happen again.” -Travis Ford
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The Daily Republic on a Prep school in Las Vegas. They are calling it a ‘basketball factory’. Here’s a small piece from the article, interesting read.
Rather than traditional high school teams composed of athletes from the local community, an unfortunate variation on that theme is making its presence felt in ever-increasing numbers. In short, non-member, basketball-focused schools are popping up across the nation, and with greater frequency. Rather than being education- and community-based … these so-called ‘basketball factories’ seem to exist for the sole purpose of creating powerhouse teams.
I’m not sure where to go with this. But if the curriculum is accepted by the NCAA, does it really matter? I recall the High School of Performing Arts in New York City catered to students with a special gift in the arts. See the movie ‘Fame’ for a clearer picture. What’s the difference?
The Indiana Hoosiers did it again.
George McGinnis’ alma mater came up with another ‘home’ victory over a very good team.
Last night Tom Crean’s team beat Michigan 73-71 in front of an amazing crowd.
Christian Watford scored a game-high 25 points and Cody Zeller added 18. But do not look past the play of Victor Oladipo. The defense he played on Wolverine Tim Hardaway Jr. would make the late Dennis Johnson smile. Big time players show up in big time games!
Wolverines shot 7-12 from the line. IU 12-20.
Nick Baumgardner of Ann Arbor News.com on the game last night. By the way, why wouldn’t ESPN’s Davey O’Brien and Danny Dakich mention that Michigan was without center John Horford?
“I like our team and I like coaching our team, but I never believed we were going to go 18-0 in the Big Ten,” Michigan coach John Beilein said after the loss. “Nobody’s going to (do that). We’ve got to make sure we learn from this.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s also part of life right now in this league.”
Nicole Auerbach of USA Today has an interview with Trey Burke, freshman point guard for the University of Michigan. Burke is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Here’s an outstanding quote from the young man.
My dad was my coach growing up, and we’d always get into it on the court. I would talk to him some ways others couldn’t. He always used to tell me I had a bad attitude. And he’d tell me people were always watching. People were always watching you. People didn’t really know me back then, but he said coaches are always going to be watching you. Stop worrying about your coach.
So the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Paul Westphal after a 2-5 start? WOW!
UNLV moved to 16-2 with their 89-57 win last night over Cal-Bakersfield.
The Oakland Grizzlies lost their 7th straight game last night to Western Illinois 71-61.
Pitt lost to Depaul last night. That’s 4 straight losses and their record is 0-3 in the Big East.
Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe with his college basketball roundup, including the Baylor Bears – they are having a great season thus far.
Scott Drew is now running the men’s basketball program. His pedigree is unquestioned. He is the son of former Valparaiso coach Homer Drew and the brother of former Valpo star and NBA player Bryce Drew, whose buzzer-beating shot against Mississippi in the 1998 NCAA Tournament still comes up on highlight films.
“We worked hard to regain control of our fan base,’’ said McCaw. “And we have worked hard to build everything back to the level we wanted. We’ve raised over $100 million in the last five years. It’s been a special run.’’
At the end of last night’s Hawks-Heat game Charles Barkley was screaming that the Heat should go for the win on the last shot. Miami was down 2 and without LeBron James and D-Wade. “They can’t beat the Hawks in OT,” was CB’s words. Sure enough, the game went into 3 OT’s and the Heat won.
Did I see Jerry Stackhouse on the Hawks bench last night?
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NBA league pass is free until Jan. 8?
Checked out a lot of games from around the NBA Wednesday night.
I also watched a big one in college basketball; IU and Michigan State on the Big 10 Network in East Lansing. Gus Johnson was doing the play-by-play, this makes the game a lot more enjoyable.
The Spartans came out with the hard fought victory, 80-65.
Both teams played hard, everyone competed, they ran the floor fast, guys shared the ball and displayed a never give up attitude.
The Hoosiers shot 9 free-throws for the game, MSU attempted 22.
I love Hooiser guard Victor Oladipo. He plays with energy, defends and attacks the basket with authority. Great body language too.
Keith Appling of MSU scored 25 points. The former Pershing High scoring machine is tough.
Christian Watford put up 26 for the Hoosiers and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls, two guys that have been big for IU in their great start were quiet all night; thanks to MSU’s tough defense. Zeller was 2-5 for 4 points; Hulls 2-10.
An odd stretch in the game had MSU jumping out to an 18 point lead in the first half but then trailing by 9 in the second half. It’s rare you see that at the Breslin.
When IU head coach Tom Crean was an assistant coach under Tom Izzo at MSU, he was responsible for recruiting MSU current assistant coach Dane Fife. The former Clarkston native elected to attend school in Bloomington and play for Bob Knight.
Things don’t get any easier for Indiana they face Ohio State Saturday at home.
Denny Schwarze of the Lansing State Journal on the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Spartans have now won 12 straight games. Hoosiers winning streak of 12 was snapped.
Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit on the Detroit Pistons 105-89 loss last night to the Cleveland Cavaliers…at home. Here’s Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank:
“When things aren’t going well for us offensively, it’s tough,” Frank admitted. “We surrender a little bit to the things going on during the course of the game. That’s what we’re going to have to learn to fight because offense comes and goes, that’s the reality of the game. But defense has to be a constant.”
Steve Weiberg of USA Today on the power of the college coach.
Schools are checking their checks and balances. “I think everybody is doing a reassessment,” Miami (Fla.) President Donna Shalala says. The NCAA‘s president, Mark Emmert, suggests it should step in with new rules that would keep coaches from butting into admissions, discipline and other areas that are supposed to be university business.
“The strain between modern-day intercollegiate athletics and the modern-day university … has very gradually escalated over the last 25 years,” says Stan Ikenberry, once a vice president at Penn State and a former president of the American Council on Education.
“The power coach is a major dimension of that — football and men’s basketball coaches who’ve had a record of success over a number of years and have developed a fan base and, at times, they begin to overshadow the institution itself.”
John Thompson fit that profile at Georgetown, winning 596 games and an NCAA championship in 27 seasons before retiring as the Hoyas’ basketball coach in 1999.
“Those people you’re talking about worked very hard to get that kind of loyalty, to get that kind of respect, to get that kind of admiration. And most of them are deserving of it,” he says. “But at what point do you say enough is enough? “
Speaking of John Thompson and Georgetown, his son beat Louisville last night 71-68 giving the Cards their first loss of the season. The Hoyas are 11-1.
Baylor moved to 13-0 with their victory last night over Mississippi State.
Did you know Dominick McGuire plays for the Golden State Warriors? His head coach Mark Jackson said, ”We have guys that can score the basketball, but more importantly we’re going to defend.” McGuire did a good job off the bench at the defensive end; especially on Carmelo Anthony (3-13 from field)
Fab Melo blocked 10 shots as the Syracuse Orange beat Seton Hall. The Cuse is 14-0.
LeBron James scored 35 points last night in a 96-95 win over the Bobcats. He grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Does anyone see how impressive that stat line is? No because all you do is wait for James to do something wrong.
Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun on the Rebels’ 124-75 win over Central Arkansas.
One of the first stats UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice looks at when analyzing the box score after each game is the ratio of assists to field goals made.
On Wednesday, it’s pretty safe to say those numbers jumped off the stats sheet.
In a 124-75 blowout victory against visiting Central Arkansas, the Rebels unofficially had 40 assists on 47 field goals made and shot 67 percent — numbers that mean Rice’s transition offense is working to near perfection.
Against the Warriors last night, Tyson Chandler in a Knicks loss 92-78 scored 2 points, passed for 2 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. He also fouled out. It’s the 41st time the former Dominquez High big man has committed 6 fouls in an NBA game. The late Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game in his entire career.
Mike Bibby is the Knicks back-up point guard. The former Arizona Wildcat is wearing jersey number 20. His dad, Henry played for the Knicks back in the 1970′s and wore # 14.
Karl Malone, in 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz missed a total of 10 games.
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I picked up New York Times award-winning sportswriter Harvey Araton’s outstanding book, ‘When the Garden Was Eden’. Harvey writes about the glory days of the New York Knicks from the late 60′s into the early 70′s.
Harvey takes us back to the good old days at 33rd and 8th and tells us how the Knicks built their championship teams. Red Holzman their coach, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Dick Barnett, Dave DeBusschere, Earl Monroe, Phil Jackson and Bill Bradley. All key components to the Knicks glory days.
The stories of the fans, media and players are memorable. They’ll make you laugh out loud and raise awareness on the Knicks players, ‘wow, I never knew that’ is something I kept saying to myself as I flipped the pages.
If you love basketball, this book is a must read.
Treat yourself to a crash course on how a professional basketball team with many different personalities played the right way, shared the ball and cared about winning. In today’s game of basketball it seems like the ‘me’ has taken over for the ‘we’. Read Harvey’s book and you will see that a team can win a ring by pulling together and sacrificing individual success for the good of the team.
Ok so Chris Paul is a Clipper. Does this mean we crown the other pro basketball team in LA champs? Someone from ESPN asked him, “Why the Clippers?” Paul’s response, “Why not the Clippers?”
Is he serious?
Terry Hutchens of the Indy-Star on IU’s turnaround in college basketball. I’m looking forward to December 28th, it’s IU’s Big Ten opener vs Michigan State.
“As I watched that game I just felt like all of the time that we spent, it wasn’t for nothing,” said Finkelmeier, who was in Florida on winter break from the IU School of Dentistry. “I felt like that win just validated all of the work that has been done since the new coaching staff came in.”
As the 9-0 Hoosiers basked in the glow of knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation and being ranked in the top 25 for the first time in more than three years, Crean reflected on the journey.
Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News on Chuck Granby, who picked up his 700th career win.
In 43 seasons, Granby is 700-198, with a city championship in 1985 and 40 playoff appearances. Campus had four players score in double figures on Thursday: Durodola had 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, Tarik Raynor added 15 points, Grequan Carter had 13 and Nohah Vickers had 11 in the win.
“This just means that I’ve been consistent over the years,” Granby said. “And I’ve had the players. All the glory goes to God, who has allowed me to hang around long enough to do this.”
Granby, who has never missed a game despite twice battling cancer, was pleased he reached the milestone in front of family members and friends, many of whom nearly didn’t make it into the gym because of Forest Hills’ spectator policy.
The Star-Telegram on the NCAA $2,000 stipend…it’s on hold for now.
The governing body said Thursday the number of schools seeking an override had reached 125 — the necessary number to suspend the rule until it can be reconsidered by the Division I board of directors at January’s NCAA convention.
The board passed legislation in October to give some athletes an additional $2,000 for costs beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees. Many schools are concerned about compliance with Title IX rules requiring schools to treat men’s and women’s sports equally.
Mark Emmert of the DesMoines Register on Northern Iowa. Watch out for this squad, they are good.
The Northern Iowa men’s basketball team is on an eight-game winning streak and has ascended to No.3 in the RPI, just behind Duke and Syracuse. And the hoops world is starting to turn its attention, ever so slightly, toward Cedar Falls.
“I don’t spend a ton of time talking about it, but there’s talk. And mostly it’s along the lines of, ‘I wouldn’t want to play them. They’re really good,’” said Jay Bilas, a basketball analyst for CBS and ESPN.
“They’ve probably got eight or nine guys that can play. They don’t have anyone that can’t score. The ball doesn’t stick in anybody’s hands on that team, they pass it so well. It’s going to be a 40-minute fight, and you’d better be prepared for it.”
Joe Lunardi of ESPN has his mock brackets out already? Mamma Mia!
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Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star on Indiana beating # 1 ranked Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. On Wednesday, I told a friend, ‘Indiana can win this game’. He called me ‘crazy’. Tom Crean’s a good coach. He gets his players pumped up for games like this.
Chillicothe Gazette on Kansas beating # 2 ranked Ohio State. OSU played without their best player. Nice win for Kansas but with Sullinger, it’s a different story.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta gave Kansas coach Bill Self an early Christmas present Saturday.
The Buckeyes were without preseason All-American Jared Sullinger, who missed his second consecutive game because of back spasms. It wasn’t until that point that Matta finally disclosed Sullinger wouldn’t be able to play against the Jayhawks in a marquee nonconference showdown.
With Sullinger in street clothes, Deshaun Thomas played all 40 minutes for the second-ranked Buckeyes, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the first half in a 78-67 loss to the No. 13 Jayhawks.
“As I told Coach Self when we shook hands before the game, ‘Merry Christmas early,’” Matta said.
Graham Couch of the K’Zoo Gazette on Western Michigan, still winless against D-1 comp. The players seem to have lost their confidence. They play at home today vs Southern Illinois.
Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal on the Spartans win over Gonzaga Saturday night. Tom Izzo’s team took a trip out west to capture a big win over a ranked team.
Bill Koch of the Cincy Enquirer on the ugly brawl that took place during the Xavier-Cincy game. I can’t believe my eyes. These guys were out of control. There should be some serious suspensions handed out.
“I was just saying that it’s my city right here,” said Holloway, who scored 17 points after being held to five last year’s in UC’s victory at Fifth Third Arena. “I’m cut from a different cloth. None of those guys on that team are like me.”
During the brawl, UC’s Yancy Gates landed a punch over the left eye of XU center Kenny Frease, who staggered to the ground, where he was kicked by UC Cheikh Mbodj.
UC coach Mick Cronin said he saw the fight coming and tried to get the officials to call timeout.
“I was trying to call timeout so their players would go to their bench because the game was over,” Cronin said. “I saw them talking to our bench. I saw them. They were talking to assistant coaches. I don’t know who they were talking to, some of their players. I saw it and tried to call a timeout. I had repeatedly asked the officials to stop it.”
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