I guess I'm late to the party here. Hadn't heard about this Mike Rice story until Mike Saver emailed it. Watch the above OTL video. That's some crazy stuff right there. Here's what LeBron James had to say:
If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I'm still gone whoop on him afterwards! C'mon
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 2, 2013
And here's former Celtic Ray Allen:
“I mean, it was just despicable,” Allen said. “Not only as a parent, but I think about where I went, the places I’ve gone in my career, my parents kind of lent me to all these other people. I’ve been raised not only by Mom and Dad, but by several coaches, AAU coaches, high school coaches and then my college coach, and all of them had a hand in getting me to who I am today. And not to mention the teachers that I grew up under, learning, so we trust in the people we lend our kids off to, to help them grow. And I only hope when I let my kids go, there’s somebody watching them and growing and making sure they do that.”
“What I’ve seen in that video was despicable. It made me want to fight, it made me want to fight this guy, watching him throw the ball at those players. Because that’s me, wanting to learn, you make mistakes, you’re not doing it on purpose, you’re trying to learn. And that’s what coaches should do, you teach. Yelling at kids and throwing balls at them, there’s no place for that.”
None of these guys are going to fight Mike Rice. He will get fired though and it's going to be a while before he gets another job, if ever. It's crazy because players have become more coddled and coddled of late and then we have the complete opposite here. A bat shit crazy coach that would put disciplinarians from year's past to shame.
I'm pretty shocked it took this long for this to get out. This guy makes Bobby Knight look like a saint. JR 4/02/2013 10:30:00 PM Tweet Edit