As the criticism of Billy Gillispie and his coaching style has continued to mount this week, a few players have stepped forward to defend the (soon to be former) Texas Tech coach. NBA All Star Deron Williams, former Texas A&M standout Acie Law, and TT’s starting forward last season Robert Lewandowski have all come forward in support of Gillispie, according to ESPN’s Jason King. Lewandoski took a philosophical approach when describing playing under Gillispie, noting “Coach Gillispie pushed me to my physical and mental limits, and I came out an improved person. I know I can handle anything that comes my way. The process wasn’t very pretty, but isn’t that how life usually is?”
Some other highlights: some former players apparently enjoyed Gillspie’s tough love; they assert that yes, Gillispie had emotions and cared about his players; playing hurt made them tougher and showed them that it was time to step up as team leaders; the layups before practice were all in good fun; and perhaps most interestingly, some people think Billy should keep his job.
I’m still skeptical. Perry Stevenson, what say you?