At his press conference today, Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson revealed that he’d like his star player, D.J. White, to play with more of an edge.
I’ll post my whole story — which includes updates on Mike White, Ben Allen and Lance Stemler, too — later.
But suffice to say, Sampson is waiting for White to show him something. White leads the team in scoring and rebounding but he hasn’t really put the Hoosiers on his back yet. And maybe it’s not even that….he just hasn’t gone out with the “swagger” Sampson wants. He’s seems too unsure for a guy with so much talent.
Unfortunately, D.J. could not answer his coach’s critique today. None of the players were made available to the media.
I know this probably sounds like me complaining, and I don’t mean it like that. I just think it’s not fair to not allow the kid to say something if he wants to. And I also think it’s just silly: the fans who pay all the money to make this program what it is deserve to hear from the kids who are playing on the team. That’s part of the drama that all sports fans follow. It’s not just about the games…it’s about a team forming and coming together and struggling and, if all goes well, coming out stronger. Only by allowing the players to tell their stories can the fans really know what is going on with the Indiana team they love so much.