USA – With Cal trailing USC in the second half Sunday night, Mike Montgomery wanted to send his leading scorer a message. But Montgomery’s decision to shove guard Allen Crabbe during a timeout was one that startled many observers. As Crabbe headed toward the Bears’ huddle with 16:31 remaining in the second half, Montgomery yelled at his star player and then pushed him square in the chest with both hands. Junior forward Richard Solomon then grabs Crabbe by the collar of his jersey. The exchange was captured here by KEZI-TV sports reporter Stephen Nelson.
My favorite part about this story is that Crabbe came back in and scored 14 points in the second half and led Cal to a big win then after the game said it’s all good. My least favorite part is the forced apology and the upcoming suspension. I mean there are a lot of people out there who think a coach should never lay his hands on a player under any circumstances. Personally I think if you’re playing like a selfish asshole and costing your team by being an idiot a good two handed push to the chest is just what you need to wake you up. And guess what, it worked. Like you’re playing D1 hoops. Probably going to college for free. All you have to do is be a team player and if you can’t do that a little shove will do you some good.