Originally Posted by huppcap
I don't think Mitchell has a bad relationship with the media. He just hates stupid questions and getting asked the same question even after answering it 2 or 3 times already.
He's not going to kiss up to the media and smile like some coaches do after being asked the same crap over and over again.
you make that sound like some kind of manly and admirable quality in a coach. it's not.
look, you can play the media game several ways:
1) ala people like lawrence frank or rick carlisle who never give the media any free info.
2) you can pacify them via humor and/or geniality, as people like karl, pop and riley have shown the ability to do. actually ronald reagan was superb in that area- he might have made a decent basketball coach. :P
3) you use them to your advantage, ala a PJ with strategic remarks aimed at getting in someone's head.
the coaches who have trouble sticking to one of these approaches are the coaches who get themselves in trouble, like isiah thomas or george karl once in a while.
as a coach, the media are not your friends and are not people you can afford to blow off steam with. better to vent with your coaching friends and your trusted assistants and better to involve a round of beers than a round of microphones.
saying you got tired of hearing the same crap 10x or more in a row is simply a lame excuse.