Tuesday, November 29, 2011

From the FreeP: Far from your Average Joe

By René Reyes/DFP Staff

At a Tuesday practice in mid-November, two days after the University of Texas battered his Boston University men’s basketball team by 36 points, Joe Jones approaches a group of players gathered around the Gatorade cooler, his bald scalp and sweaty forehead glistening under the lights of Case Gymnasium.

As he draws nearer, his slender, 6-foot-2 frame comes into focus and his bulging calf muscles are a little more noticeable, reminiscent of his playing days at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Judging by his scowling facial expression, Jones doesn’t look too pleased.

“I’m not watching us play tough! We’re supposed to be tough!” he yells, yanking his right ear as his players slowly make their way back to the left baseline in preparation for the next drill.

His dissatisfaction with the Terriers’ execution is evident as the three hour practice drags on. “Attack the basket,” “Make layups,” Go hard to the basket” and “Get a better shot” are some of the key points he reiterates to his players.

He is not like that every day, though. Seeing that his squad was not performing at a high level on that particular Tuesday, Jones ripped into it at the first practice since the embarrassing 82-46 loss to Texas.

Read more at dailyfreepress.com.

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