There’s not a lot of access for the local media to U of L basketball practices. As in, essentially zero. The national guys get in. The Rick’s buddies get in. But local guys regularly covering the team, uh, not a lot, except on special occasions.
So it was neat when, at the practice after Media Day, we were allowed to hang around and observe. At least for an hour. Pitino even shot the breeze with a couple of us while the players were stretching.
The operative phrase is “couple of us.” Eric Crawford stuck around. And wrote a nice column about practice in the 11/24 C-J. A couple of others I didn’t recognize also took it in. I would have stayed all night. The vast majority of the “journalists” — print, web, radio and TV — were long gone.
I don’t get it. These are the same guys who complain when they can’t get access. Then they don’t take advantage when it’s offered. Go figure.
My main observation is that Pitino doesn’t miss a thing. If a player’s feet are wrongly placed, shoulders turned the wrong way, if one has allowed a ball handler one more dribble than he should, or hasn’t taken a charge, it is duly and immediately noted. Pitino wears a mic during practice, so his comments thunder from the PA as if the Sermon on the Mount.
– Seedy K