Great idea. Anytime you can make friends with someone you are teaching most of
the battle is won. Hope they have a lifetime friendship..
I might add also you need to look real hard to see the fish. Hope they were not
The sentiment is nice @Little Andy, however I do not agree. I always feel
coaches and players have to maintain a distance to be effective. You never
become a "friend" of the player you are trying to teach! The problem is
it becomes that much more difficult to point out mistakes and enforce
discipline. You want to be nice to a close friend and that just wont do. It will
all be happy-happy now until it is mid-season and the team is struggling, then
friendship will get in the way of benching a non performer, criticizing him,
etc.,.Malone has reached unbelievable heights as a player but is only
taking baby steps as a coach. I feel this is a wrong step.