“Make kids more fundamentally sound, teach them how to pass and catch and cut and shoot and then you’d have a better game,” he told reporters. “We’re playing them too young, we’re not working enough on fundamentals. We’re putting them into systems rather than teaching them how to play.”
Which goes to the heart of what is really bothering Gary Williams about college basketball — the glorification of the unaccomplished. Or in other words, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
“He’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated, “Williams said. “And he’s already named an All-American. How can you be an All-American when you haven’t played a college game? I’d rather see guys who have proven themselves at the college level. I just think it’s not a good direction [for college basketball].”
Yes, this sounds like a “get off my lawn” complaint. But it’s not. The lawn that is college basketball today is not the lawn that Gary Williams helped grow. This lawn is full of weeds and burnt grass, and would require pesticides banned 50 years ago to change the direction of the game that celebrates Andrew Wiggins already.
You can have that lawn. It stinks.
• Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com