Wednesday , Sep , 26 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Classic Coach-Reporter Blow-Ups: Mike Gundy Versus George Karl, Avery Johnson, John Calipari, & Jim Everett-Jim Rome

Media and coaches often have a tense relationship. Our job as reporters is to find out the dirt on their team. Their job, other than winning the championship, is to stop us from finding that dirt. Quite often, the adversarial nature of our relationship leads to conflict and problems. Check out the example below …

Media and coaches often have a tense relationship. Our job is to find out the dirt on their team. Their job, other than winning the championship, is to stop us from finding that dirt. Quite often, the adversarial nature of our relationship leads to conflict and problems. Check out the example below.

The All-Time Classic Coach-Reporter Blow-up

I know. This example is from college football. And this is a basketball website. But this blow-up between Mike Gundy, the coach of Oklahoma State University, and Jenni Carlson, a reporter with a local newspaper, sets the industry standard for a meltdown. With this in mind, let’s watch some exchanges between NBA coaches and reporters and see how they stack-up to Gundy’s tirade.

George Karl Getting Testy Over Isiah Thomas

Even Nice Guy Avery Johnson Slams Reporters

Reporters Keeping The Peace When Former NBA Coach John Calipari Gets Into A Dust-Up

The All-Time Player-Reporter Conflict For Any Sport

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