To Be a Genius
for Jim Calhoun
Any coach can say Yes
to a can't-miss All-American.
Any coach can say No
to a high school bench warmer.
But a coach who says Maybe ...
That can take a certain genius-
a coach who's not sure, yet watches,
sees something, who thinks "If."
"If I, if the kid, if I teach,
if he listens. If the kid
does the work, if he opens
his heart. If the kid stops going left
80 percent of the time, boxes out,
takes a charge, waits and waits
for his chance. If I can stick
with him. If he stays with me.
If I know what to say when he's
ready to quit, if I know when
to say "it" -what he needs to hear.
If he believes I believe he can
get where I see him. When
at last he says Yes to what he knows he
must do-again and again and
again and again-then,
maybe then, when he's hung it
all up, he'll come back
to the gym, walk in, and say Thanks.