West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins apparently thinks playing basketball is similar to having a girlfriend.
Huggins said the following Tuesday night:
Basketball is kind of like a girlfriend. If you don’t pay attention to her, you know, she’s probably going to drift off on you. I look basketball that way. Basketball is something you’ve got to love. You’ve got to love, you’ve got to be committed to, you’ve got to spend time with and when you don’t do that, basketball gets mad just like your girlfriend.
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— Joe Brocato (@joebrowvm) January 3, 2019
I love Bob Huggins, he’s a great coach, he’s a winner but he’s wrong on this one. I’ve been lucky enough to date a woman here and there and it’s nothing like playing basketball.
I played (barely) on the greatest team in Wisconsin history, I worked at the division one level in college basketball and I can tell you the sport is nothing like a woman. The point Huggins is trying to make here is about effort and paying attention, but there’s a major angle he’s missing.
If you work your ass off in the gym seven days a week for several hours every day, then the results will come. That’s part of playing sports. You can directly tie effort and work ethic results.
You could buy a woman a multi-million dollar mansion and some of them still won’t be satisfied. Hell, you could just give them a bank vault and all the attention in the universe, and they’ll still find something to complain about. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)
I’ve never had a basketball start talking to me telling me it needs more attention after a four-hour shooting session in the gym. I’ve had women tell me they’re not being “focused” on after countless hours of attention.
Do we all see the difference? It’s not hard to spot.
Now, please don’t take what I’m saying here as an attack on the opposite gender. I know guys can be awful at times, and comparing them to basketball would be equally stupid.
I’m just trying to point out that you can focus on some people for eternity, and they’ll still find reasons to complain. That doesn’t happen in sports. A basketball will never start spouting off half-baked conspiracy theories or raid your bank account because they view it as an ATM full of free money just waiting to be taken out. You never have to worry about your championship ring waking up one day and leaving with half your stuff. It’s just not going to happen. The results in basketball are final forever.
So, Huggins, I appreciate the thought, but you’re not even close to being correct on this one.