Rangers Coach Tortorella Says Media Needs to Be Held Accountable As Well

Rangers Coach Tortorella Says Media Needs to Be Held Accountable As Well

Plenty was made about New York Rangers Coach John Tortorella's remarkably curt presser after a loss to the Devils in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans ate it up because it was rather hilarious to watch go down and the media criticized him because answering questions is part of the job description of an NHL coach. Torts being so short makes others' jobs much more difficult.

Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy has a clip today from Tortorella joining Bob Costas on his NBCSN show to discuss the now infamous presser.

Wyshynski ends by asking the question, "do you cut Tortorella a break that he's just not emotionally cut out for this stuff? Or do you wonder how 29 other coaches in the NHL avoid these blowups, while Tortorella has become infamous for them?"

Personally, I think you cut him a little bit of a break, but dude shouldn't get a free pass just because it doesn't come easily to him.

The point I found most interesting -- and as someone who has been in reporter scrums following games and can attest to -- is that there are at times some really bad questions asked. And often times from people who have written quite negative things about said interviewee in the past as well.

Torts says there needs to be some accountability on the side of the reporters, which I think is a good point. But how? That's the tougher question in my mind. Especially in the Internet age, if a reporter writes something completely offbase, inflammatory, and often laughable, it's more likely to get talked about/seen/pageviews.

Is there a checks and balance for that kind of thing? I don't have an answer.

Also, in the current cable TV news situation, the scrums and pressers aren't strictly the domain of the reporters grinding out their stories any longer. They are televised theatre, an extension of the game that continues the narrative through until the next one.

The fact that Torts is the head coach on a good hockey team in New York City certainly puts a microscope on anything he says as well. I don't believe he gets a total break, but it's easier to see where he's coming from.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."