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this is an interesting read. you may have to sign up (it's free) to read the whole thing. here are some highlights:


North Kansas City boys basketball coach Jim Hinrich gripped his purple blazer in one hand and tensely ran his other across the wild, curly hair that curves around a bald spot.

He knew his team was in jeopardy of losing to Winnetonka, which had managed just one win this year — by forfeit. Hinrich slapped the whiteboard where he previously scribbled “Rebound. Guard. Run O.” He smacked his hand on the word “guard” twice more.

“You've got a freshman out there who scored 17 points on you,” Hinrich screamed at halftime of a two-point game. “A freshman!”


Hinrich's shouts echoed off the concrete walls before silence settled in. Water trickled from a shower in the background. A dozen teen-age boys, packed together on four short benches, stared at him inside the cramped locker room.

At that moment, 530 miles away, fans piled in Chicago's United Center to watch the Bulls play the Dallas Mavericks. Hinrich could have been in that crowd, lounging in the second row. Hey, maybe he'd be sitting in a seat reserved for NBA brass. He took those tickets once when the seats were unused.

Instead of watching his son, Kirk, torch Dallas for 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists on Friday night, Hinrich stressed over some freshman from Winnetonka. He really doesn't need this.

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Kirk's dad is a very good coach. He moved to Kansas City from Sioux City last year after being offered the NKC position. Needless to say, he's pretty well-liked around here.
 
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