The Relationship between Coaches and Players

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Latrell Sprewell Pages: 5 (1804 words) Published: June 6, 2005
After reading these three articles between how coaches and players do not get along with them attacking each other and when a player does something terrible and the coach defends them. We all have been in a situation where we do not want to be talked to by a family member or friend just because he had a bad day, but when you bring that attitude to a sporting event or practice sometimes the player or coach my lose their composure. Which happened in the three articles that I read, dealing with Latrell Sprewell choked his coach PJ Carlesimo during practice, coach Bobby Knight choked one of his own players Neil Reed, and when Rick Carlisle defended Ron Artest and other players he coached after the brawl in Detroit. In reading those articles I feel that they told me that there is either a bad, competitive, or good relationship between a player and coach. The one with Sprewell and Carlesimo, Sprewell who showed up to practice late that day choked his coach Carlesimo because Carlesimo wanted to know where he has been for being late. Although in the article it states that racial comments were said to Sprewell, but later found out that there were no such thing. So Sprewell was fired by the Golden State Warriors, the team he played for at the time, and was suspended by the NBA for the remainder of the season. In the article about Bobby Knight choking his player Neil Reed, it was halftime during a game when Bobby Knight was still coaching the Indiana University's men's basketball team and Knight was so upset with his players that the one player Neil Reed said something to Knight and Knight went after him and started choking him. After the news broke out about that incident the Indiana University's President fined Bobby Knight $30,000 and suspended him three games. In the final article I read coach Rick Carlisle defends Ron Artest's actions against the Detroit Pistons fan that threw a cup of beer at him and then Artest went after him in that brawl we all heard about. It states that Carlisle feels that Ron Artest is a great player that he should be getting more respect from coaches, players, and fans but he's not because of his actions on and off the court. Rick Carlisle and Ron Artest though had a bad starting to this year when Artest asked for time off to promote his new album coming out. With that knowledge Rick Carlisle still defended his player when he needed to the most. Opinion

After reading the first article about Latrell Sprewell choking his coach PJ Carlesimo, I feel that Sprewell was just in a terrible mood maybe from a game he played in few nights before, maybe feeling bad because something happened with his family, or maybe he was just having a bad day, but anyways Carlesimo should of realized that Sprewell was late because of a good legitimate reason. PJ Carlesimo probably did not realize it so he went to Sprewell and said something to Sprewell and pushed him to a limit were Sprewell could only react to so he started choking Carlesimo. I feel that what happened to Sprewell was the right thing to do because if your head coach and star player cannot get along in practice then how could they get along during a game. But what I do not agree with is how the NBA got involved. I feel that with the incident between Sprewell and Carlesimo were their problem and the Golden State Warriors, which they dealt with, but with David Stern (Commissioner of the NBA) to step in and suspend Sprewell for the rest of the season is not the right thing to do. More on that when I get to my conclusion part later in the paper.

The next article was Bobby Knight choking one of his players Neil Reed. I feel that because this was during a halftime in a game that Bobby Knight and Neil Reed were still in competitive moods, which I stated before. I have been played sports for most of my life and I know how it is when you are in between quarters, periods, or innings, or when it is halftime you feel like your still out on...

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Longley, Barry. "Carlisle Sounds off on Detroit Brawl." 22 November 2004.
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