Something Is Missing Today

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: March 11, 2009

Sports HOUSTON – I have seen millions of athletes over the past twenty-six years, some superb, some not too good, some average, and some who are just happy to be a part of the team.

Some players are blessed to have someone in their life to look out for them and make sure that they do the right things, learn from the best, and compete against the best.

The Nimitz Cougars were supposed to win the Class 5A State title this year. They were the No. 1 team in the state headed into last Saturday’s championship game at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

They heralded the No. 1 player in the country in 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner. And even though the spotlight was on her, she came ready to play and did not disappoint those who had never seen the tall, shot-blocking, female dunking machine.

Yes, it’s true that I’m disappointed that a team from this area did not win. Yes, I’m disappointed that it wasn’t an all Houston final, but it’s nice to know that the next No. 1 player comes from the Greater Houston area next year in Chiney Ogwumike, a junior forward from Cy Fair.

The lack of discipline is killing our kids and their athletic programs. I’m tired of seeing coaches that don’t care about the kids. I’m tired of seeing coaches use kids for their own self-gain. This is about the kids. Maybe its time to go back to the old days, when you weren’t allowed to do anything you wanted just to have your way.

I watched two different coaches come on to the court to play in the Class 5A State Championship game last weekend. Watching both teams come into the area and looking at their demeanor could easily tell you what was about to happen.

Mansfield Summit came into the arena ready to take care of business, Nimitz came in gazing into the stands at their fans. They weren’t focused and didn’t take it seriously.

Yes, I am very well aware that Mansfield Summit head coach Tammy Lusinger, once learned from former Clear Creek head girls basketball coach and Houston legend Peggy Whitley, and trust me it showed.

But it was so disappointing to see the lack of discipline on the Nimitz team. Since when do the players talk back to a coach and still play in the game, Nimitz did. Since when do players tell the coach what to do, Nimitz does.

And the sad part is that it’s been going on all season long, and according to several parents, its been happening for a long time.

To have a winning record and make it this far was a tremendous task. Having a 6-foot-8 post player helped a lot, but it would have helped a lot more if the other players were taught how to shoot, encouraged when they made a mistake, instead of being yelled at by the coach, who just picked on them because they were the kids who wouldn’t talk back because they were taught better.

DON’T BE SCARED!!!!!!! Yell at everyone, not just the soft spoken kids. A Big 12 Conference commentator asked me if what they were seeing happened all the time.

I told them yes, and that it was sad to watch kids get yelled at for doing things that they were never taught. From free throws on down, you have to practice to get better.

The fans yelled at the head coach all night long, but it was a little too late. DISCIPLINE IS THE KEY!!! AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS JUST LOOK AT Cy Fair coach Ann Roubique.

Chiney Ogwumike pushed her fallen teammate around in a wheel chair throughout the tournament. To have discipline you must be willing to be taught. And to be taught correctly, you must be willing to LISTEN!!!!