GREAT GAME – BAD BUSINESS

If you are involved in the game of basketball at any level, you heard what happened yesterday in the world of college basketball.  If you don’t know anything about basketball, you probably heard what happened in the world of college basketball because the news was all over television and the internet.

Just Google, “Louisville Men’s basketball.”

I watched ESPN yesterday afternoon and listened to basketball analysts (ex-players and ex-coaches) talk about the latest mess in college basketball.

A couple of them were speaking like they were surprised by what the FBI found out in their investigation. I have been involved in the game of basketball since the 1980’s, this stuff has been going on since then. (Maybe even before that?)

Quick story. One night when I was 14 years-old I was watching a high school basketball game in Brooklyn, New York.  A few players from a school out of Queens walked in to take in the action. Their best player was carrying a huge boom box.

Someone in the stands shouted, “Yo (Player 1) where’d ya’ get the box?” The All-City player replied;

“(College A).”

If you are unsure of what was in the news yesterday, go ahead and search Google.

Keywords: Adidas. Rick Pitino. AAU boys basketball…

This morning during my readings, I came across this quote from Kansas State men’s head basketball coach Bruce Weber.

I want kids that K-Staters are proud of and that play the right way, treat people the right way and act the right way.

Atta boy coach…Good luck this season.

(Source: http://www.kansas.com/sports/college/big-12/kansas-state/article175758541.html#storylink=cpy)

 

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D-ROSE

A new me…

But my job is not to listen to what everybody says. I’m the player. I know how good I am. I’m 28. People act like I’m 38 years old.

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/09/26/former-mvp-derrick-rose-gets-restart-cleveland-cavaliers-point-guard

GEORGE KARL ON MELO

“There’s no question that he wants to win, and his I.Q. for the game is actually very good,” George Karl told me in a conversation about Anthony during the 2013-14 season. He always wants to think like a coach, but he always doesn’t want to sign the contract with the coach.”

Asked what he meant by that, Karl, who coached Anthony in Denver, said: “I don’t think Melo understands that coming to work with the best attitude every single day is a precious commodity when you’re the best player. That’s not the same thing as playing hard. That’s bringing the total package, 100 percent focused on all the little things. Those are rare breeds.”

Here’s the entire article written by Harvey Araton of the New York Times.

DETROIT PISTONS

Avery Bradley on Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy:

“The first thing they would all say is, ‘You’re going to love Stan. With your personality and how hard you work, you’re going to love Stan. You and Stan will get along perfectly.’ We all know Stan’s a very good coach. He’s very intense. I feel like he’s just going to help me be a better player, help me get out of my comfort zone, which is going to help me go to the next level in my game.”

STEVE KERR ON CRITICS

Look, I’m a basketball coach and what I do obviously pales in comparison to what the president does. But our jobs are similar in at least one respect: If you want to be an NBA coach, you need to be prepared to be criticized. You kind of know that going in. If I coach poorly and we lose the game, I hear about it. That’s okay. It’s really where we coaches earn our money, accepting and dealing with criticism and keeping the ship moving forward. There has to be an inherent understanding when you enter into any public position of power that this is what happens. People are going to take shots at you and it’s incumbent upon you to absorb those shots. Maybe you respond diplomatically, but you maintain a level of respect and dignity. What you can’t do is just angrily lash out. Can you imagine if I lashed out at all my critics every day and belittled them? I’d lose my players, I’d embarrass ownership, I’d embarrass myself. Pretty soon I’d be out of a job. It’s a basic adult thing that you learn as you grow up: People aren’t always going to agree with you. And that’s OK.