Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:28 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2008 1:29 pm
You know how it's fun to go to nightclubs and people-watch?
It's the same way with coaches on the summer circuit
I love to coach-watch -- to sit back and see which guys sit together, joke together or avoid each other altogether. What happens in the bleachers is usually more interesting than what happens on the court, particularly if you have a seat near Bob Huggins, who can make an AAU game fly by with one hilarious story after another. If you're bored, a seat next to Huggins is the cure. Consider that your Tip of the Day.
So anyway, I was sitting in the bleachers one afternoon last week next to Davidson's Bob McKillop and we were chatting briefly about -- what else? -- the growing legend of Stephen Curry. I had just seen the All-American guard at the LeBron James Skills Academy and was telling McKillop how impressive Curry was both on and off the court, as if he needed to hear it for the 752nd time. Then Alabama's Mark Gottfried walked by, and I found it interesting that McKillop went out of his way to stop Gottfried and relay a message.
"Your boy is terrific," McKillop said.
Gottfried's boy, case you didn't know, is incoming freshman JaMychal Green.
McKillop coached Green earlier this summer on the U18 USA Basketball national team that won the silver medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Green averaged 11 points and 8.4 rebounds in five contests, which is a reason for Alabama fans to be excited. Yes, the loss of Richard Hendrix will hurt. But a healthy Ron Steele (fingers crossed) combined with Alonzo Gee and Green could be enough to make the Crimson Tide an SEC contender, particularly if Green is genuinely terrific, like McKillop said and everybody else seems to believe.