The thing I will remember from Maryland’s defeat of Georgia Tech on Saturday was Greivis Vasquez steady cursing of the crowd in the second half.
This is actually sort of a good thing, since it blocks out memories of the rest of the game, which was anything but a paragon for a technically delightful performance.
Anyway, turns out Maryland coach Gary Williams noticed Vasquez’s antics —- repeatedly telling some patrons to “shut … up,” with a choice epithet filling up part of the void between those two words.
“I addressed the issue with Greivis right after the game and yesterday, and that’s behind us,” Williams said. “You can’t do that, no matter what was said —- and there were some really bad things said besides the booing from the crowd. Given that, you still can’t respond, and Greivis understands that and I think you will not see that again.”
Williams is right, of course. A player probably shouldn’t be yapping at the crowd regardless of the situation.
Vasquez, though, enjoys engaging whoever is in the stands. It’s clear he loves to play the part of the black hat, and Maryland guard Sean Mosley mentioned something today that anyone who’s covered Vasquez already knows —- he loves playing away from home.
Chances are, Vasquez would probably play 16 games in the face of jeers at Cameron Indoor Stadium if he had his druthers. That’s a sign of respect, by the way, for that environment.
But that’s not an option. Instead, he still has seven more games to play in College Park. So he’ll be there.
So, too, in all probability will some of Vasquez’s boobirds.
“If a guy misses shots, that’s too bad, But that doesn’t mean you’re a bad player,” Williams said. “I know two of Eric [Hayes]’s threes down the stretch were assists from Greivis Vasquez. He’s a different player than people are used to seeing, and especially how older people think a player should play. But the game is international now. You have different people from all parts of the world that react differently than what we do maybe here in the United States when something happens.”
—- Patrick Stevens