You want Ben Howland to lighten up, want him to smile just a little and crack wise or maybe sometimes sit courtside during games like Phil Jackson -- calm as a stone, peaceful, hardly reacting to anything at all.
Reading the article I kept wondering what angle Streeter was going for, wondering where the following passages might be headed.
You'd think that maybe in a game like this, the famously controlling, ever-obsessive Howland would take a deep breath, relax, decide to spend the second half sitting, maybe even allow himself something approximating a real smile.
"You can feel the passion, feel the energy," Holiday said of his coach. "When he tells you something that you did wrong, with that mad look on his face . . ." He grimaced, as if having a flashback.
Was he going to rail about abusive coaches or the ultra-competitiveness of elite teams? Instead, Streeter was actually complimentary of CBH's intensity and the positive effect on the team.
When this game finally, mercifully ended, [Streeter] tracked down Howland in a hallway.
His eyes gleamed and, get this, he smiled a deep smile. "I guess I get pretty intense out there, I'm drenched with sweat. . . . I just want them to get everything out of every possession. One of the things that is really dear to me was last year, when Darren Collision said, 'Hey, Coach is so intense it's like he's out there with us on the floor.' I just love that they feel that way. To me that's what it is all about."
Of course, at a deeper level, what it is all about is winning. And winning is something the Bruins are starting to do in a remarkable way. All you have to do is pay close attention to Ben Howland courtside to see why.
Sounds like we have another believer.