Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Geno Auriemma feeling better after 4 games away

Stores, Conn. — After missing four games in the past month, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Saturday that he is feeling good, rested and “better than I’ve felt in the last month.”

Auriemma, 68, missed two games in mid-December and returned to train for two more at the end of the year before missing another two in early January. At the time, he chalked it up to “feeling sick and tired” and needed a little more time to “focus on my health”. He returned to the bench on Wednesday against St. John’s, leading the Huskies to an 82–52 victory in Elmont, New York.

The Hall of Fame coach lost his mother on Dec. 8 and was down with “the flu or whatever was going on with our team,” he said Saturday, leaving him both physically and mentally exhausted.

Along the way, the Huskies (14-2) have also been plagued by injuries, most notably with star Azie Fad also returning on Wednesday. On 4 December she was out for five weeks with a knee injury. The previous week’s game against DePaul was postponed because UConn did not have enough healthy players to meet conference requirements.

Auriemma said he was supposed to “rest” for “a couple of weeks” when he first retired in December, but he only did so for five days and returned when the Huskies rejoined after the break. went. “It goes without saying that it backfired,” Auriemma admitted Saturday, adding that things have improved since she regrouped and was able to take her medication properly.

Associate head coach Chris Daly went 4–0 in games filling in for Auriemma, improving his career record to 17–0 as interim head coach.

The time away not only restored Auriemma physically, but allowed her to change her mindset toward life and training, she said, as she dealt with the death of her mother, Marciela, at age 91.

“Maybe it’s not until you get home that you can’t lie down and close your eyes. You can’t sit there doing anything until that image comes to your mind,” Auriemma said. Told. “You try to fill it by going to work and doing things and you’re not really there. You’re not in the moment. So you’re not really doing anything to help the people on your team because your mind isn’t there.” is there and you’re not there. So you’re angry, you’re very angry with yourself, because you can’t separate the two things, and then the team is practicing and it’s not going well, so you Take it out on them when in reality they have nothing to do with it. It’s all because personally you’re not comfortable with yourself right now. And it just escalates and that was your sign to walk away.

Auriemma said that being able to clear his head made him realize that “nothing is as hard and nothing is as complicated as we make it out to be. Most things have a very simple answer. You just You have to be ready to accept.” that you have no control over that, you can’t determine how it’s going to unfold,” to decisions made by his players on the court to equalize the outcome of the game.

“After all these years, believe it or not, I take every pass, every dribble, every cut, every rebound, everything very personally, like I’ve never done such a good job as a coach , I should have done a better job teaching passes so we didn’t have 28 turnovers,” Auriemma said. “Sometimes it’s debilitating for trainers, and one thing I found really liberating is that you don’t have the ability to control it. And once you give up control, you Feel a sense of calm and peace.”

Auriemma, who built his storied legacy in large part on the pursuit of perfection and often on the achievement of perfection, explained that this marked a major change in his thinking, as he spent more than 35 years at Storrs “thinking that If we don’t win, we win.” National Championship, they’ll get me fired, and that’s not a healthy way to live.”

The Huskies hold a record of 11 national championships, last winning in 2016, and have been to 14 straight Final Fours.

As he moves forward with this year’s team, which has the talent to compete for a national title, Auriemma is trying to remember what older Italians he worked with told him when he was Always trying to ask why things were wrong. were.

“The answer in Italian was quite simple. Perché è cossée. Because it is. That’s the only explanation. Why did he throw her away now? Because he did, and what are you going to do about it? Nothing. That kid Why did he foul a 3-point shooter with a minute left? It is what it is. And if you understand it, you don’t need to ask, ‘Why did this happen?’ Because you will be wondering all the time why this happened and you are panicking.”

The Huskies next take the court in Hartford on Sunday to face Georgetown.

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