Everyone makes mistakes. Apparently Naji Marshall recently made one in time management, and this was the result:
Versa Climber. 2 guys. One that has discipline and one that’s getting it. Ain’t that right @ijan3_ ? #BeEarlyToWeights pic.twitter.com/qWCTLd5DtX— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) January 18, 2018
Whatever exactly happened, Coach Mack wasn’t thrilled. Not only did he put Naji on the Versa Climber, but he also put the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week’s business right out on Twitter.
How did Naji handle the public embarrassment?
Gotcha coach https://t.co/sOssmtWYOy— Naji Marshall (@ijan3_) January 19, 2018
Like a dang adult. He messed up, he got called out, he owned it.
What does that have to do with Desi Rodriguez? Only this:
Seton Hall got worked at Creighton tonight. They were worked at Marquette last week. The Pirates are interesting. Any word on what happened to Desi Rodriguez? He only played six minutes tonight.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2018
Kevin Willard on Desi Rodriguez:— Chris McManus (@ChrisSHUhoops) January 18, 2018
"He’s been playing so well, so many minutes, he had that look on his face that he just didn’t want to be out there. When he gets that way, you just kind of let him regroup and refocus, and it just didn't happen [for him]." #shbb
In a since deleted tweet, Desi Rodriguez countered:
Haha really funny , why wouldn’t I want to be out there battling with my guys I love these dudes these are my brothers , we will be just fine trust me (fist emoji)
So... there you have it. For all the hot takes the roll around Twitter about Coach Mack not having control of the team every time someone throws down a middle finger dunk at the end of a game or baits an opponent into a tech, this looks exactly like a guy and a player who have one another’s respect. I don’t think the same can be said in South Orange.