Martin’s response was pretty great, too.
SI Kids reporter: “When you coach or teach your team defense, what’s more important, technique or attitude?”
Martin: “First of all, a lot of respect to you. That’s a heck of a question. I’ve been doing this a long time, and that’s the first time anyone’s ever asked me that, that’s a heck of a question. Attitude comes first. We gotta have guys that are gonna believe in our mission, that are going to believe in what we do. Once they believe, then we can teach them the technique.”
All in all, a nice little exchange, no? The reporter, Max Bonnstetter from Sports Illustrated Kids, also asked a question after the game later that night between Florida and Wisconsin, querying Florida guard KeVaughn Allen about his relationship with his mother. And that’s where David Caraviello of the Charleston Post and Courier took exception.
Caraviello was taken to task by a number of people on Twitter, but held his ground.
Later Saturday, Caraviello tweeted out an apology.
Caraviello is right in that deadlines are a pain, especially after already-long NCAA tournament games that go into overtime. But as someone who’s been to a few March Madness pressers in the past, sitting through question after question about in-game minutiae, I’m willing to wager that the kid’s question was among the top five queries asked of Martin, perhaps top three.
In any case, the young reporter left a mark. On Saturday, Martin sought him out during his between-games presser.