Nick Saban doesn’t have time to watch basketball. He’s too busy breaking down game film, breaking down opponents, and breaking up coaching staffs around the SEC. But if he did have a free minute and happened to turn on the ole TV tonight to take in the basketball version of the Crimson Tide, I can only imagine what might have run through his mind, and across his lips. It might go something like this…
“Did number 21 (Hillman) really just jog back on defense in transition—letting three Oregon players run by and score easily?”
“Why did 40 (Coleman) attempt to save the ball under his own goal with nobody else back?”
“Has 40 EVER attempted a free throw before?”
“Did I just see 12 (Gee) almost airball a free throw? Isn’t he a senior? Is he gonna hit one tonight?”
“&^#@!*, ANOTHER travel by 12?”
“So that’s our offense?? One pass and shoot a crummy shot?? Are you kidding me?!?
“Is this game really over at the 9:30 minute mark?”
“Who the @%$ is the coach of this team? Is anybody coaching them at all? Oh wait, there he is…sitting on the bench?!? Just sitting there?!? Why the &*#@ isn’t he doing anything to increase this team’s intensity? And why did that piece of #&!@ let Oregon rattle off a 14 point lead before calling a timeout to stop the momentum?? Are we paying this schmuck?!?”
The fact is, thankfully…or should I say, hopefully for Mark Gottfried’s sake…Saban doesn’t give a rip about basketball. But the contrast between our football and basketball coaches is about as stark as the difference between a match and the sun. Can you imagine Glenn Coffee just jogging after a defender after an interception? Can you picture, even for a minute, Saban’s Tide looking lethargic, deflated and without any resemblance of enthusiasm, with him just standing in one place on the sideline, not saying anything?
Case in point, our basketball program has no direction, no vision and no gleam of hope of getting better with this buffoon at the helm. Bama basketball is a total embarrassment, led by a former player who’s a nice guy, but a loser. Sound familiar? It’s just too bad Sylvester Croom can’t coach the basketball Bulldogs to a win against Bama, so that maybe getting Croomed would finally grease the pipes in Tuscaloosa and get Gottfried fired. But one thing’s for sure, come January, when Saban is courting his prized recruits around the Capstone, and the Tide is playing in Coleman Coliseum, he’ll find something else for them to do.