I love negative criticism. It’s how I survive on a day to day basis. When people say negative things about me, or about others, I get all warm and fuzzy inside. Nothing, after all, is better than negative criticism. Nothing.
Which is why I was delighted to read Bogdan Tanjevic’s cruel remarks regarding Utah Jazz fave Big Turkey. The former Limoges/Asvel Villeurbanne head coach threw out some fairly snarky comments regarding the big fella. All in all, he doesn’t seem to think the NBA is all that it’s cracked up to be, stating, “In the NBA, there are just three or four coaches who have been there for 100 years, making billions and winning trophies. Others are weak. Including [Utah Jazz head coach] Tyrone Corbin…”
He also said Kanter’s decision to ditch his Turkish team in favor of pursuing the American dream was an ill-advised one, explaining, “He needs us more than we need him.” Apparently, NBA coaches don’t have what it takes to teach basketball’s basic fundamentals. “Kanter has forgotten how to play basketball,” Tanjevic said. “He will never be a center but he always starts with his back to the basket. As a power forward, this would be devastating. He’s 2.10 meters tall and [could be] the best shooter on the Turkish team, backcourt included. But in the NBA, he never takes a shot.”
OK. I get what the man is saying. It’s true that only a few coaches actually know what they’re doing. In the last, oh, 10 years, only seven coaches have won a ring … Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, Larry Brown, Rick Carlisle, Doc Rivers, and Eric Spoelstra … Yeah. (Does he think Red Auerbach is still coaching?)
I get that Kanter hasn’t yet materialized into the Beast we all know he is capable of becoming … although, in retrospect, Big Turkey has only had half a half a season to break out of a year long non-basketball playing hiatus on a team that, unfortunately, was going through repair mode.
I get that the man is kinda pissed that Kanter won’t be on his team and that he had to pull Karen Gonlum off holiday to replace him.
I get all of that.
What I don’t get is how in the hell someone from Europe can claim that the NBA has no friggin’ clue how to play/coach proper basketball when the NBA more or less kicked everyone’s ass in the Olympics a mere week ago.
As Gob would say, “Come on!”
And that pot shot against Corbin? That’s really not fair considering the man hasn’t had a full season to flex his NBA coaching mojo yet. Give him time. And if he fail. We break him, okay Tanjevic? But for now, give him time.
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