Shane Heal to Blame!!!
Just got this in an email. No surprises. Stupid little bugger!
It's all Heal's fault
October 24, 2006 02:00pm
Article from: AAP
SACKED South Dragons NBL coach Mark Price has pointed the finger of blame for his demise squarely at his replacement Shane Heal.
Price was dumped as coach yesterday after the new Melbourne-based franchise started the season with five successive losses.
Today Price said he was devastated by his axing, especially for his wife and four children who relocated to Melbourne from the United States with him two months ago.
Price says he was given no warning about the club wanting to get rid of him and was even more stunned to find yesterday that plans to replace him with Heal had been going on for nearly a week.
"It's most disturbing to know while I was trying to get our guys to come together as a team, there was another agenda going on behind the scenes," Price said.
"I've been in professional basketball a long time and I've never seen undermining of a coach quite like this before."
Price said he believed the Dragons had used him because of his stature in the game to help launch their franchise.
Price had a stellar playing career in the NBA and was a four-time NBA All-Star, but had never coached at senior level before his appointment to the Dragons.
And Price left no doubt who he believed was responsible for undermining him, saying former Olympian Heal clearly had his own agenda.
"Obviously he had his own agenda going on," Price said.
"I've done nothing but spoken well of Shane Heal ever since I've been here. I thought he was the guy who could lead our team."
Price is expected to take his family home to the US in the next few weeks.