Tom Izzo calls public reaction to interaction with Michigan State player ‘ridiculous’

first_img Draymond Green defends Michigan State’s Tom Izzo after heated exchange with Aaron Henry “You’ve got to appreciate there’s a year and a half of recruiting. There’s a year he’s been here now. There’s hours and hours and hours spent on, ‘What do want to accomplish? What do you need to do accomplish that? What do you need to do to help our team win?’ If you don’t do those things, what do you think my job is?”Izzo received heavy criticism after he was caught on camera going toe to toe with Henry when players were walking to the sidelines during a timeout. He had to be separated from the Spartan forward and moments later, Izzo got in Henry’s face again as players held him back. Related News Michigan State’s Tom Izzo explains heated interaction with Aaron Henry But, exchanges like these aren’t uncommon on Michigan State’s sideline and multiple players came to Izzo’s defense including sophomore forward Xavier Tillman.”That’s the territory we’re playing in in Michigan State basketball,” Tillman said. “If you make a mistake, you’re going to get chewed out about (it). That’s nothing new. Everybody knows that. All the freshmen know that if you make a mistake, you’re going to get coached. That’s what you’re here for. You’re going to learn from your mistakes. Our best thing to (Henry) was you respond on the court. Aaron had a key bucket and he made those two free throws.”Tillman added: “(Izzo is) a very emotional guy. For us, our jobs at those points are to really bring the team together. OK, this is what he’s saying, and now you have to go out and do that. I learned early on in my career here that it’s not about how he says things, but it’s about what he says. Even though it’s hard when he’s emotional, you have to pick out the things that you want to learn from.”center_img If Tom Izzo wasn’t happy with the media asking about the interaction with Aaron Henry after the team’s Round 1 win Thursday, he’s definitely not pleased with the negative reaction to the heated moment.”It was ridiculous the way it blew up,” Izzo told reporters Friday, via ESPN. “There’s a 10-second soundbite and a two-year relationship (with Henry). I just think people don’t understand that. This coach relies on relationships with his players I think more than any coach in the country. That’s an egotistic or selfish statement, self-proclaimed. But I think it’s been earned and it’s been talked about. Henry finished with eight points, three rebounds and one assist in the win.​The Spartans are now preparing for a Round 2 matchup with Minnesota on Saturday.last_img

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