Let me tell you a story. I may have told you before, but I want to tell you again.
When I was in college, I played a lot of basketball. One of my friends, Josh, and I played together quite often, and we developed great chemistry on the court. It helped that he was my roommate and one of my best friends, but we just clicked together. It was a great time to be alive.
Anyway, we were playing a game one day against a team that we should have been easily beating, but we were losing. I tried a no-look pass to a teammate who missed it. Our next trip down the court on offense, I was open and (being somewhat of an accomplished 3 point shooter), I called for the ball. Josh did not pass it to me, instead shooting himself. He missed.
As we jogged back on defense, I passed him and muttered “Come on, man…” under my breath. He responded with “Are you talking to me?” I should have not said anything, but I said “Yeah. Pass me the ball next time,” to which he replied, “Why? So you can throw a no look pass and turn the ball over?” The long and short of it is that we had a verbal spat on the court that day.
Later, things weren’t right between us, and I knew I was in the wrong. I went to him and apologized, and he was kind enough to forgive my rash behavior.
I tell you that story to say this: There will be times where we have disagreements on the field, but that is where they have to stay. On the field. I have been around a lot of groups in the past, so you can believe me when I tell you that the bond we have as a team is a special one. Yes, we will have disagreements. Yes, you may get upset with me during the season, but I want you to know that I care about each and every one of you.
I cannot wait until Thursday, because that is when we are going to turn our season around. Let’s do it together.
Coach (Mr.) Garrett