Malik Monk’s matchup with his home state school in the SEC Championship is already off to a fiery start. During warmups, Arkansas director of basketball operations Matt Zimmerman exchanged a few words with the shooting guard his program once coveted.
“We’re in the same place as him, and he had to go to Kentucky to get here!” Kyle Tucker heard Zimmerman shout to his team. The indirect smack talk is one my favorite tactics, but it did not last long. Monk missed one of his shots shortly after, leading Zimmerman to holler at Monk: “Off to the left today!”
Monk’s retort: “I got something for you.”
Monk is not the kind of guy you want to anger. When he gets mad, he gets buckets. There was already plenty at stake in today’s game, and Zimmerman just upped the ante.