Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo made waves recently when cameras captured him intensely coaching up freshman forward Aaron Henry during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Many criticized Izzo for his actions, but the coach refused to apologize. "What's wrong with challenging a kid that makes some mistakes?" Izzo told reporters. "Aaron Henry—trust me—did some things that you can't do as a starter on a top-5 team at the end of your freshman year. They were effort-related. I did get after him. He did respond."
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt backed Izzo, and recently used the topic as a jumping off point for how America's raising its kids. It's definitely worth a watch:
"Stop being offended by things that don't concern you"
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) March 25, 2019
Van Pelt is far from the first person to point out a growing lack of resiliency among our youth. Notre Dame head women's basketball coach Muffett McGraw hit on the topic earlier this year, and psychologist Dr. Peter Gray discussed it during our recent interview. J.J. Watt tweeted his approval of Van Pelt's comments, and for what it's worth, Henry seemed perfectly fine with Izzo coaching him hard:
Here's Michigan State freshman, Aaron Henry moments ago addressing his encounter with Tom Izzo encounter in yesterday's game.
— Zach Harig (@FOX17Zach) March 22, 2019
What do you think of SVP's comments? Do you believe he's right in that many parents now prepare the path for their kids rather than their kids for the path?
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