The big news from over the weekend was that disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice has resurfaced … as the coach of an AAU team for 12 year old girls. That team is part of the New Jersey ShoreShots program.
It went viral went Brian Geltzeiler’s tweets about a game were picked up by Deadspin, and they created a mini-firestorm when they did what Deadspin does. In reality, this isn’t a new situation; Rice has been coaching this team since he became the head coach at Rutgers. A source confirmed that information to NBCSports.com.
The parents of the girls on the team support Rice, and that’s probably because Rice is one of those parents. His daughter is a member of the team that he is coaching, according to that source. He’s been doing it for a couple of years.
“He’s been coaching his daughter’s team for years and for it to get out now is wrong, especially when what was said was inaccurate,” the source said.
“The Deadspin report is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,” a source close to the AAU team told SNY.tv. “The team’s parents are fully behind Coach Rice and his instruction of their daughters.”
Personally, I don’t have an issue with this as long as the parents don’t have an issue with it. Rice may be a lunatic, but I think he understands the difference between coaching a team that plays in the Big East and a team filled with girls in Middle School. At that age, parents still attend practices, as well, and I can’t imagine that there is anyone in the world that would be OK with a coach calling their 12 year old daughter a sissy or firing a basketball at her.
That said, the reason that Rice was fired in the first place was because of the moral outrage and the online pressure that built up when the video of his practice antics went viral. I can’t imagine that he’ll be long for this gig as word of it spreads throughout the blogosphere.
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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:
This is peak AAU basketball.
It will never be more AAU than that.
In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.
The crowd was insane for the game:
According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.
Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:
At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:
(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)
The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.
South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.
Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.
The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:
A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:
That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.
But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?