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.
I might add also you need to look real hard to see the fish. Hope they were not
Great idea. Anytime you can make friends with someone you are teaching most of
the battle is won. Hope they have a lifetime friendship..