Yesterday’s post about Duke’s Coach K being a terrible in-game coach has generated a lot of conversation over on Facebook. These five comments are my favorite ones out of more than fifty I’ve received because the authors — who are not people I know —- took my comments about Coach K so personally that they decided to lash out at me.
What’s funny is that I’m not arguing that Coach K isn’t a winner or that he’s a terrible coach generally. My argument is that, in years characterized by parity, he doesn’t see the same success he sees in other years because he cannot alter his game plan to account for a bad shooting performance by his team or a better-than-expected performance by his opponent. This isn’t a major problem a lot of the time because he’s a great recruiter and often has the best players on the floor. But in years when there’s more parity and he doesn’t enjoy the same talent disparity, he runs into trouble.
This has made several thousand people very angry at me.