Charles Barkley Calls Out "Jackasses" Criticizing Tom Izzo

Charles Barkley Calls Out

Following the play, college basketball analysts, former players and other personalities weighed in on Izzo's actions.

All the insults you could imagine about the head coach were scattered throughout social media for hours following the incident, yet no one who has watched Michigan State basketball for the past couple of decades was surprised.

Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry on Thursday was a flashpoint moment, an avatar for everyone on either side of the issue to signal what he or she thinks about that brand of coaching.

Including the bonuses he makes from Nike, Izzo is earning $4.1 million this year, according to USA Today. The Golden State Warriors' standout made a decision to take to Twitter to explain what happened from his perspective as someone who has been on the receiving end of Izzo's huddles.

In 1987, then-Michigan State assistant coach Tom Izzo helped persuade Jud Heathcote to hire Jim Boylen as his first graduate assistant after Boylen had sent Heathcote a handwritten letter. The Hall of Fame coach lost it while speaking to freshman forward Aaron Henry after a defensive lapse. They were effort-related. I did get after him. Add to the fact that Boylen was questioning the toughness of his team, felt they weren't in good enough condition, and wanted them in the facility to start working on both fronts, well, once word leaked out that two players tried to start a mutiny that really had no legs to it, Boylen was judged in the court of public opinion. "I was so disappointed to hear all these jackasses on other networks complaining about a coach coaching his team".

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Henry also seemed unphased by the tongue-lashing after the game, saying he understood where his coach was coming from. "It's one-and-done time. The "my-bads" are out the window".

The self-serving view: "My coach screamed at and even hit me and I'm better off for it".

"If you have ever been around Tom Izzo and his players you would understand the special relationship he has with them".

"To beat MI three times, the Big Ten championship, to win the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday at 5 p.m. and to play on Thursday at what, 2:45 p.m. or something?"

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