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Nolan Smith tossed from AAU game in Phoenix

Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 12:18 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Nolan Smith had never been tossed from a game. Not at any level.

That changed on Wednesday night when the former Duke star was ejected while coaching the D.C Assault team at a tournament in Phoenix.

``It felt good,” the usually mild-mannered Smith said just minutes after the game. ``Coaching and playing is totally different. I was frustrated with the team not playing hard and not playing with energy. I knew my team would respond in the right way.”

``Refs were missing some obvious calls,” Smith added. ``And my kids needed some fire in them.”

So a few choice words came out of Smith’s mouth and the next thing he knew he was history.

``We were down 19 when I did it,” Smith said. ``And we came back and lost by 2.”

Hey Nolan: Maybe it was, um, just the coaching change that altered the complexion of the game.

Smith is an example of a kid who flat-out gets it. I’ve never heard a negative word said about Smith – and this is just another example why. He spent most of Las Vegas coaching the D.C. Assault program that he played for a few years back. His record, following tonight’s loss in Phoenix, stands at 8-2.

Smith said he will put his coaching career on hold for a while when he leaves Phoenix tomorrow for Louisville to see his grandmother.

``I had a lot of fun,” Smith said. ``I think the kids liked having me around and I learned a lot. You have to learn the personalities on the team in order to get the kids to play hard for you.”
Category: NCAAB

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:20 pm

Nolan Smith tossed from AAU game in Phoenix

Kind of agree with the first post. Although I think Nolan's a great kid, good player. Getting tossed from a youth event, to me, is never ok. Sends the wrong message on too many levels. Most important being, AAU doesn't matter!

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:41 am

Nolan Smith tossed from AAU game in Phoenix

Wow, herfavstuff, you don't know much about coaching basketball do you. If you read the same article that I did, It's clear that he was anything but "out of control". It was a calculated decision to get a technical in order to help motivate his team that was getting blown out. It's quite common in all levels of basketball. If your response is going to be as ignorant as your initial post, please spare the community from having to read it.

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:52 am

Nolan Smith tossed from AAU game in Phoenix

What sorta mindless palaver is this -- "smith is an example of a kid who flat-out get it"? If you are that out of control, vulgar and abusive to the referees in front of a bunch of testosterone-confused teenagers, you shouldn't be lauded, you should be run off. 

Every day we see or hear about crazy parents assaulting officials over game calls, fighting in the stands or stalking a person over balls and strikes. That's not good sportmanship, and surely is detrimental to the mental health and growth of young people.

Someone had the good sense to "trow da bum out" -- good riddance.  What a role model!

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