IMHO, Bilas is the current star of college basketball analysts and I usually respect his perspectives. (Nobody is perfect). In this interview he comments on the Doug Gottlieb vs Coach K controversy, but has to be very careful to parse Gottlieb’s words so that he doesn’t offend Daddy K.
If you haven’t been following this Doug Gottlieb vs Coach K controversy then the following links will bring you to speed.
Duke was struggling with Arizona State Wednesday, barely leading a weak Sun Devils team at halftime. This led ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb to make an observation that, at the time, seemed innocuous enough: Duke, which features five white players 6-foot-8 or taller, was “alarmingly unathletic.” After Duke thumped a much more athletic Connecticut team Friday, Coach K took a few shots at Gottlieb.
Sorry, Coach K…but, if the discussion here is focused on the accuracy of Gottlieb’s comments then this isn’t even a conversation worth having. Hilariously, when I watched the Duke vs Arizona State game last week, I picked up my phone and emailed some of my friends the following comment:
“Wow. Duke looks like their stuck in the mud. Very slow. This team is one of the least athletic I have seen at this level in a long time
The email solicited multiple responses agreeing with the comments.
So, the entire group of SFN authors simultaneously made the exact same observation as Gottlieb while watching the exact same game. Sorry, Coach K. This isn’t just coincidence.