UPDATE (8:40 p.m. ET): Maybe it wasn’t supposed to be a hug, after all. According to Detroit Free Press reporter Chris Solari, Miles Bridges was actually explaining to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo how Illinois had been guarding him, not attempting to show his coach some love.
Perk of sitting courtside: Miles Bridges was showing Tom Izzo how he felt Illinois was guarding him. It wasn't a playful hug. https://t.co/b078pWZ9W3
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) March 2, 2017
What makes Tom Izzo so good?
Sure, the Michigan State coach has led the Spartans to seven Final Fours and likely has them headed back the NCAA Tournament for the 20th straight season.
Yet trying to pin down exactly what makes Izzo a great coach is hard. But these 6 seconds do a pretty good job. That is, once you stop laughing long enough to process what’s happening.
Not sure I can oversell this Tom Izzo exchange with Bridges, it is hilarious pic.twitter.com/7xeCIHIDpf
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 2, 2017
That’s Michigan State star freshman Miles Bridges on the left, trotting over to the bench for a rest during the first half of a game Wednesday against Illinois. He just drained a pair of free throws for his sixth and seventh points of the night, and the Spartans are up by 4. Great time for a hug, right?
Wrong. Dead wrong.
Izzo’s reaction looks more like someone just cut him off on the highway rather than tried to hug him. It’s difficult to tell some — but not all — of what Izzo said to Bridges, but the gist seems to be something along the lines of, “You want a hug? Go rebound.” To Izzo’s credit, he does follow it up with a high-five.
Always teaching. Always motivating. Always Tom Izzo.
We’re only guessing here, but if Bridges’ father is right about him returning to East Lansing for a sophomore season, Bridges might get that hug he’s looking for.