The biggest storyline from the first week of the NCAA Tournament might just be the sideline exchange between Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry. During the opening round of March Madness, the Michigan State coach expressed his frustration with the freshman forward.
Izzo is an emotional coach that visibly shows his frustration from the bench. Nonetheless, all of his current and former players seem to support his coaching style.
While there was outrage from the public due to Izzo getting in his player’s face, Draymond Green and Miles Bridges came to his defense. Both former Spartans went on Twitter to explain their special bond with their collegiate coach.
It turns out that another prominent figure in the sports world supports Izzo, as ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt spoke about the unnecessary drama surrounding this situation.
Van Pelt did an outstanding job explaining how the younger generation of athletes have to go through challenges in life. Instead of pampering them throughout their career, some coaches need to be strict.
Here is the video of his statement:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2019
Clearly the Spartans won’t let this situation affect their play in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State is heading to the Sweet 16 following its dominant victory over Minnesota. Izzo might gives his players a difficult time in tough moments, but he does get the best out of his roster.