This is too bad, because if ever a coach had the wit to talk trash, it's Majerus. But lots of coaches don't approve of their players talkin' smack. Just goes to prove what we suspected—that most coaches have no sense of humor.
"It's getting worse." says Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell. "Today's youth suffers from a lack of discipline and respect. If they don't have respect for the adults, they're going to have even less for other players."
With all due respect, gentlemen, lighten up. Listen to what Southern Cal coach George Raveling has to say: "It's all in the spirit of the game, and it's a test of your mental toughness. I tell my players that guys are just trying to make you lose your focus, to play head games with you. I think you will find that most players would be surprised that there's any concern over it."
Most players accept that talkin' noise is as much a part of the game as shooting and dribbling. "If it was starting fights or something, then I'd say it was a problem, but the players know it's just heat-of-the-game stuff," says Rose. "Some of it's just meant to be funny. Even the guys who get a little upset at you during the game are laughing about it and shaking your hand afterwards."
In other words, no harm is meant by most of the chatter. It's only supposed to make the game more fun. So come on, game's to 11 and it's your ball, you air-ball-shootin', no-reboundin', can't-go-left-lookin' son of a....