One-on-One: Charles Barkley interviews Nick Saban

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…And we are rolling. Where are we going, Tuscaloosa?
Charles, why don’t you tell them why we’re going to Tuscaloosa we’re gonna go and spend a little time with Coach Saban. It’s gonna be pretty cool for me because I’ve only met him in passing… Hope my shoes don’t get dirty down here… Did they paint this dump? It wasn’t … it wasn’t this clean … these have got to be new seats… Saban: I brought you some stuff… Barkley: Coach I can’t wear that stuff! Barkley: good to see you thanks for coming
Saban: here you can you give it away I can only wear this at the house … come
on let’s go have a seat Barkley: Coach, how’s your summer going? Saban: It’s going great before all the fun starts? um yeah I’m going … we’re going back to
the lake this weekend first of all I got to tell you something … this thing is
uncomfortable how do you get away with that? well first of all you got to shape it up
a little bit when you get the front to come down and the back
to come down you look like a cabana hat so you go to the lake and just relax
before all the fun starts just always the last weekend I give the coaches a long weekend so when they come back I guess
everybody’s charged up because you know what the season is like it’s a lot of hard work you don’t get
many days off and everybody’s gotta grind but now you just chill at the lake … or are you fishing? I play golf which I guess we can talk about a game I don’t like talking about golf. Golf is not my favorite… the only thing good
about golf is drinking and smoking maybe but yeah it’s good athlete as you
are though if you wanted to be you could be a really good player you you can get it fixed you could be a
really good player. I believe that ’til the day I die Well let me tell you this. You know
I think you’re an amazing coach if you could fix my golf game I put a statute you at my house like if
you you because I’ve tried everything to fix my golf game and nothing seemed to
work but if you, as great a coach as you are if you can fix my golf game, anytime
you come to Arizona there’ll be a statue of you outside of my house you know I’m not a golf coach though I have this perception is always
interested in trying to judge somebody who’s successful from a distance I have this perception perception tell
me if I’m right or wrong that you are master griller You’re wrong I’m wrong? My wife gets so mad at me because I don’t like to cook on the grill that’s the only way a man can cook You’re right about that and I will do it on occasion but … that’s not my
deal so that’s when I was in Louisiana at LSU you know everybody cooks. You know,
every man cooks I mean they they bring their own cooking apparatus when they
come visit you so those people could cook so well they
always cooked so I kinda got out of that that world you know … when I brag about you to Auburn people they go crazy and they always say why, I say well number one he is
winning, but the one thing I want to say to you as a black man, I really respect
when you give other young black men opportunity after they’ve screwed,
screwed up because I always tell people everybody’s an idiot when they’re 18
young kids are going to make mistakes but as a black man, I just want to say
thank you for giving these young black guys an opportunity, and I know you have taken
some heat and I thought it was unfair because we don’t need to just throw kids
away when they do something stupid, but why do you feel that need to give kids a second
chance well I i think that look at the coach
when it comes to football players we’re trying to change their behavior
make them better, ‘aight? As people we’re trying to change their behavior making better
and I think everybody can understand if they ever have children of their own how your children sometimes disappoint
you they do things that you wish they didn’t do that embarrass you… but we don’t
throw them out of the house you know we try to come up with ways
that we can change their behavior so that’s where I always focus on the
guys where I think a lot of people see discipline as punishment, ‘aight? And they want
punitive action you know kick the guy off the team how
does that change behavior you know suspend him for a bunch of
games well he did something in march now we’re going to suspend him for games in
September I mean where there’s a lot of things
that you can do in between to help a guy understand or change his behavior, and I’ve
had a lot more success helping guys yeah by doing that than just being punitive.
‘Aight, now what people in the media sometimes think is where you just don’t
want to suspend him because he’s a good player well that’s not true because i do that
with every player on our team I and sometimes when guys do things in
it and that happens over and over and over and maybe you have to take playing
away from them and that’s something meaningful to them and that’s the only
thing that will change your behavior but I don’t think that’s always the first
step and most of our players respond very
well to it and and appreciate it. As a coach you’ve been coaching for a long time.
What is your biggest regret as far as missing some family oriented? well I think probably the biggest thing,
if I could go back and try to change things you know when my kids were, I
tried to do it as much as I could but I never did it as much as I should yeah when they were whether playing
sports or Kristen was a cheerleader or whatever it was I did as many of those
things as I could but I still wish that I would have spent more time doing those
kind of things to support them when they were growing up rather than worrying about the hundred
guys on our team. As a grandfather, have you changed any diapers? yeah I have to answer that honestly? No You, you said something
earlier … you play basketball? Yes sir How often? We play from signing
date until we start spring practice so So you play a lot? We play pick-up
three days a week but I’m the Commissioner of the league now you know
my age I get to pick my team uh-huh and then I pick the guy on the
other team who guards me. … Which probably would be now as big and fat as I am… Naw, you’d be on my team Do you pass the ball? absolutely i play the point when Avery
came here you know I know he played 13 years of the point guard but when he
came and I should look if you won’t play noontime basketball with us you gonna have to move over off the ball
cuz I’m the point guard you have to play two guard so you just a passing guy, you’re not a
three-point shooter? they didn’t have a three-point shot when
I played.
They have it now! yeah but I can shoot it I mean I grew up
playing where you got to get a good shot What if somebody takes a hard foul on
Coach Saban? Well, most of the guys i’m playing with work for me so you could get fired! Is that what happened to Kirby Smart!? Kirby was always on my team, ok? Kirby can shoot! ok hey coach thank you for taking the
time Charles thank you very much appreciate you man, thanks

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