StephenRKass

February 18th, 2019 at 5:00 PM ^

Great article. I assumed you were being sarcastic, so was pleasantly surprised at the link. I have to say, I love that John Beilein is a man of high character and integrity, a man who sets a great example for the team and who does things the right way. Guys like Thompson and Beilein are too few and far between.

brax

February 19th, 2019 at 1:32 AM ^

I’d eliminate ‘15 Kentucky pretty quickly. That team was just too young to match up with Ewing or Olajuwon or Johnson as seniors. Those older teams had veteran players who had been through the battles. I just don’t think that today’s freshmen dominated teams could hang with the veteran teams of yesteryear. 

Ibow

February 18th, 2019 at 8:40 PM ^

John Thompson & his Georgetown teams were one of my favorites when I first started following college basketball. His relationship with his players was something special. I see much the same with Beilein. Loves his guys.

Never

February 18th, 2019 at 9:36 PM ^

If the article discusses (didn't click as per the adware warnings) John Thompson putting word out to Rayful Edmond to steer clear of his basketball players, this is factual. Several clubs were fairly popular during the late 80s in the area - East Side, Chapter III/The Mirage, Celebrity Hall - and Rayful Edmond was known for showing up in flashy clothes/cars (additionally, he enjoyed playing pickup basketball. Oftentimes big games would be held in Barry Farms, where Suitland Parkway and 295 intersected). John was well respected in all circles throughout the area, and was extremely protective of his players. They met, John gave him a piece of his mind, and Rayful kept his distance from that point forward. 

Zeke21

February 18th, 2019 at 10:23 PM ^

Coach Thompson was a tough act. Fair but tough.

Back up to Bill Russell on Celts, Controlled his environment on the Hoyas, but made his players go to school.  Not many like him now.