DESTIN, Fla. — Bret Bielema may need to tweak this motivational speech in a couple weeks. He’ll need to reconsider his approach, at least, if LeBron James has anything to do with it.
Bielema, entering his fourth year as Arkansas’ head football coach, was talking before SEC meetings on Tuesday when he referenced what he’s been telling his players lately.
“I told my guys: We need to be a little more Curry and a little less LeBron,” Bielema said. “We need to be a little more team, work together, with chemistry.”
Bielema said he was referring to last year’s finals, when Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors knocked off James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Arkansas coach pointed out that Curry was picked seventh in the 2009 NBA draft, and that he’s listed all the guys who got drafted higher who weren’t even in the league anymore.
Of course, Bielema spoke the day after Curry and the Warriors completed their comeback series win to earn another trip to the NBA Finals. James and the Cavaliers again await.
“I knew that our players are engaged in basketball. I don’t anything about basketball, I probably shouldn’t be commenting on it,” Bielema said. “But I know the story of Curry. We use outside stuff like that all the time that helps us build our program the way we want to.”