If You Have A “Hot Date,” Mike Woodson Will Let You Out Of Practice
Mike Woodson is a coach known to prefer veterans - see the New York Knicks' current roster, which includes 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, 38-year-old Marcus Camby, 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 40-year-old Kurt Thomas. He prefers to focus on x's and o's, the nuts and bolts of coaching, as opposed to keeping troops in line. Veterans afford him that luxury, so it should come as no surprise that sometimes he rewards their hard work and obedience.
The folks over at NBA247365.com happened to catch a moment of Woodson's benevolence on The Game 365 on MSG from his coaching days in Atlanta, and we're probably all better people for having heard this story.
"When players come to work, you don’t know what to expect,' Woodson said. 'Prime example: Zaza Pachulia comes into my office…'
Zaza: Hey coach, can you let me out of practice today?
Woodson: For what?
Zaza: Man, I got a hot date.
Woodson: Are you kidding me? Do you love this girl?
Zaza: Nah coach, I can’t be in love, I’m too young.
Woodson: I take it you aren’t gonna marry this girl then?
Zaza: Nah, coach.
It was at this point that the interviewer, visibly dumbfounded by this scenario, asked, 'well, did you let him go?'
'Yeah, I let him go,' said Woodson, 'but only because he worked his butt off for me.'"
So there you have it. No need to toss baseballs at possible dates or anything like that when Mike Woodson's around. At the very least for Knicks fans, most of the team (including Carmelo Anthony) is married.
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