As the old adage does, when a team wins it’s because of the players, when a team loses its because of the coaches. So I don’t want to hear anything about blown calls, missed layups or anything else of that nature. We need to look to the sideline. And no, don’t blame Coach K either, but instead blame his judgment for trusting certain individuals to handle certain responsibilities. I’m referring, of course, to the hiring of Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer.
For those that don’t remember, Smith and Scheyer were centerpieces during some of Duke’s ugliest years in school history. I’m not talking about on the court, Duke always wins. I’m talking about some of the most legitimately ugly people I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. For instance…
We got Greg Paulus, who’s, like, a step above the Shermanator, Kyle Singler*, Josh McRoberts who’s peak was looking exactly like Charlie Day (google it), and Mason Plumlee. That’s just to name a few. As far as Nolan Smith goes, I’ll admit it, he’s a handsome man, he’s no Morris Chestnut, but handsome nonetheless, but he was known more for his dad’s accomplishments than his own.
You just can’t have that in your coaching staff. You can’t have someone whose dad’s shadow scares them as much as a groundhog and another who looks better suited to be an accountant at Deloitte than an accountable coach for Duke. What you need is a basketball player. A man amongst boys. And there’s only one person, from that era, who fits the bill. Brian “Big Z” Zoubek.
Brian Zoubek plodding down the court in 4 steps, in 10 seconds, was the glue that held the team together during their 2010 National Championship run. He always stood tall, even when he was the lowest guy on the court.
What’s he doing instead? Laughing in our faces as the Founder and Managing Principal at Zoubek Properties, which will soon be buying up space in Coach K’s brain.
Oh what could have been…
*I don’t want anyone to forget when Kyle Singler went Pirates of the Caribbean on us. I honestly feel like you should lose your right to vote for doing something like this. You’re judgment cannot be trusted.