Nr. 2 Seeds Michigan State has not so good in their first tournament game against Bradley. The Spartans stepped in half-time, but could restore some control over the game with a 10-0 run at the start of the second half. The positive stretch was not good enough to save freshman forward Aaron Henry from being chewed out and lunged on by head coach Tom Izzo during a timeout.
What happens here?
] Izzo apparently has some habit of tearing into Henry, as described in this paragraph from The Athletic:
Aaron Henry, the athlete, the sum of his physical parts, sat in Tom Izzo's office not long ago and bared his soul. He didn't know why he forgot how to make shots, why his game left him. He didn't know what was wrong, so he stopped screwing up. What he really didn't know was why Izzo refused to refuse – refused to stop criticizing him. It felt personal. Henry, raw and unclear, asked, "When you say these things, what should my reaction be? What do you really say when you say that?" A conversation followed. Honest talk. Real answers Hall of Fame coach and freshman got it out.
It's never fun to be scared and humiliated by your head coach both publicly and privately, but at least Henry makes many friends and memories along the way.