Coaches Get Nervous, Too

By Jeff Lippman - October 28, 2007


CHICAGO -- Don't think coaches get nervous while public speaking? Think again.

While Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was being bombarded with interviewers asking question after question about the upcoming season, the second-year coach fielded each with patience and a steady tongue.

Too bad the same couldn't be said for his hands.

Coach Sampson's hands were visibly shaking as he answered question after question regarding senior D.J. White, freshman Eric Gordon and any other topic the media could throw at him. His legs were going a mile a minute too.

It just goes to show you that the players and coaches are people too. When they are on the court they look extremely comfortable in front of thousands of people every single night, but that's their job. That's what they are used to.

Ever wondered what is more nerve racking to a player, having 30 reporters fire questions at you from all directions while sitting at a little table built for 10, or standing at the free throw line with the game on the line in front of thousands of screaming fans?

Well I did. And I asked Michigan senior wing guard Ron Coleman that very same question.

"Probably the reporters," Coleman said with a laugh. "Nah, I mean, you got to go with the free throws."

Then Coleman added, "And I'd knock those free throws down, too."

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:14 AM on October 28, 2007
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