Nearly every day, especially during the season, someone criticizes United States basketball for a host of perceived problems. Kobe Bryant has his issues; Stan Van Gundy has his issues; nobody, it seems, is happy with basketball in the United States. Typically, AAU and too many games are the scourges, but others blame a lack of coach education, television, money, millennials, dunking, or the NBA, and in women’s basketball, many blame UConn. The answer is usually to be more like Europe or to follow the Canadian model or mandatory coach education.
And that’s a wrap. We ended the season in a tournament and went two and a BBQ. We played the hosts in the first game and played one of our best games of the season, but fell in the 4th quarter. In the loser’s bracket, we played a team that we had beaten, but they brought down four guys who had played up on the sophomore team all season, and despite outplaying them for much of the game, we lost. […]