Saturday, January 19, 2013
I am disgusted. No, check that, I am pissed! My grandson plays on a basketball team that is for higher caliber players that the everybody plays, everybody gets a trophy recreational league. His coach borders on being a total imbecile! Take that back, he is a total imbecile. There are ten boys on the team. They have played about 14 games. Five of the boys have started and played the lions share of all fourteen games. One of the subs has played some lately and now he gets about a quarter of play per game. The other four subs seldom see the floor during a game. He has had a 14 point lead after three quarters and not substituted. Last week, one of the starters told him he was tired in the fourth quarter and the coach said he didn't have anybody to sub in for him.
Today his stupidity came back and bit him on his posterior. The team had two games today, one at 9:00 one at noon. Of course in the 9:00 game, four starters played the entire game, the fifth starter played over three quarters. They won that game because of stupidity on the other team's part in taking the court with six players and a two pint lead with less than a minute to play. Ref called a technical, our player made both free throws and we sunk a buzzer beater to win. We had let them come back from an eleven point deficit to lead in the fourth quarter.
In the second game, we took an early lead and then the players just ran out of gas and lost in overtime. Fresh players would have made the game a cakewalk.
Dean Smith was not successful because his starting five were better than everyone else. He won because his second five was almost as good as his starters and the third five weren't very far behind. By the 12:00 TV time-out, over ten and usually nearly 15 players had been in the game. You had better get a big lead early against North Carolina because they would still have legs in the last four minutes of the game any you wouldn't. That half step advantage was usually enough.
Thanks for allowing me to vent!