Wednesday night was to be a big night for Tennessee women's basketball star (that may be an oxymoron) Candace Parker. The Lady Vols were playing in DePaul, near Parker's hometown, and the building was full ... mostly with family and friends of Parker, eager to see their shining star play.
But Candace Parker missed curfew on New Years Eve, and head coach Pat Summitt benched her for a half in front of all her family and friends.
Harsh? Yes. But I love it. Parker's a star, and a lot of people wanted to see her play that night, but you know what ... if you want Pat Summit's brilliance, discipline, and work ethic to continue to be a part of what makes Parker great, then you've got to want Summitt to lay down the law with Parker, even on a night that was supposed to be nothing but warm and fuzzy. You either want Pat Summitt to coach her, or you don't. There's no middle ground.
If Parker's family and friends want her to be as great as she can be, then they'll support Summitt gluing her ass to the bench, even if it means they see 20 fewer minutes from her during her return home.