Video from Holy Family practice
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two quick points and then I'm done. One, It's better to be the Hammer than the Nail. This is a coaching philosophy of mine, which if you've read my posts, isn't a well-kept secret.
Two, (I get to brag here) my oldest boy graduates from the U.S. Navy SEAL training program this Friday. Those guys are the toughest hombre's on the planet. Period. Instructors were beating on my kid on a daily basis to see what he was made of, physically and mentally. Hey, I could have taken it personally and tried to get them to lay off of him, but what could what that have really done? Getting him ready to do dangerous work, where other people have to depend on him being totally prepared is exactly what they are supposed to do, what I WANT them to do.
Sure, it's different from coaching a basketball team...but not by much. It's still dangerous and it still requires putting team before self. The biggest difference is that there was some kid with a cell phone camera, sitting in the stands, recording the process.
I'm mostly with Jason Wild on this one. Coach was using a variation of Tom Izzo's "War Drill". This is a tough, brutal, there-are-no-fouls drill that when I use it, has THREE guys banging hard for the ball. Big man in the dark was getting his lunch money taken by the other guy and coach arm-barred him and the kid flopped.
Coach then NUDGES him with his foot. He did NOT kick him. Look more closely at the where coaches foot stops before it touches the player on the floor. Check your fake outrage at the door.
Y'all wonder why your teams play soft? Well, there it is. Crybaby went home and spilled his teary-eyed guts to his mommy and daddy and they had to hover over the situation with misplaced indignation.
This is a college player not some pre-teen in middle school. His willingness to cry to his folks was also evident in his soft play. ooooh, too much contact down low. How freakin' Euro. Time to toughen up, Sally, there's grown men on the court.
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