Tab and I roomed together for about 3 1/2 years in Montgomery, Alabama. He left an accounting job in Chicago to become a coach, a graduate assistant at NAIA Auburn-Montgomery. I was the schools play-by-play man. Tab made a big sacrifce to become a coach. He gave up a job that paid good money for one that paid hardly any.
Tab left AUM and took an assistants job at Central Florida and stayed there one season and then one day he called me and said he was going to New Zealand. To be honest I thought that was the dumbiest idea I ever heard. I lost track of him for awhile and then one day I was interviewing a high school basketball player who was from New Zealand and I asked her if she had ever heard of Tab and she said yes he was very famous. I searched him on the internet and saw his success with the Auckland Rebels. He came on my radio show several times as a guest.
Word is he might be leaving the National squad:
Here is the story on last night's lost to Brazil. The Tall Blacks had a tough trip and got very little sleep:
Of course Angola and Spain are in New Zealand's group at the World Champiopnships and here is something I have put together on those two teams.
In Spain, in a pre-World Championship warm-up tourney, the host team and Serbia were first round winners. Spain beat Angola 97-73 and Serbia knocked off China 77-67.
The Grizzlies’ Paul Gasol led Spain with 17 points, hitting 7 of 9 from the field. Younger brother, Marc, who is trying to earn a spot on the 12 man roster in the upcoming World Championships, played 15 minutes and had four points and four rebounds. Spain shot 66% from the field and an incredible 84% on two-point shots (27-32). Spain led 44-37 at half and outscored Angola 53-36 in the second half.
China lost its fourth straight game due to a lack of inside presence. Yao Ming is still re-happing his injured foot while Wang Zhizhi, tore a ligament in his right knee during an exhibition game in France on Sunday, putting his participation for the worlds in doubt.
"I have to go through some more medical checks before getting a clear information about the extent of the damage," Wang told CCTV Sports yesterday. "French doctors here have said that I will be out definitely for at least two weeks, maybe even three."
Today, Spain plays Serbia in the championship game and Angola takes on China for third place.