I am honestly torn by which definition of delusional fits Steve Lavin better. From dictionary.com :
1. a mistaken or misleading opinion, idea, belief, etc: he has delusions of grandeur
2. psychiatry illusion,See also hallucination;a belief held in the face of evidence to the contrary, that is resistant to all reason
In an article entitled "Steve Lavin takes New York by Storm" shows everything that is wrong with Lavin. At his "best" he is a con man who can trade on an institutions name to take advantage of naive 18 year old kids in the recruiting process and along the way some reporters. However, even at his best, he is not a basketball coach.
In fairness to the reporter of this story while citing Lavin's "successes" at UCLA he does include the quote (by arguably the best player to play under him at UCLA, Baron Davis) that truly sums up Lavin:
Despite his success, critics will point out Lavin's talented teams had more ebbs and flows than the nearby Pacific Ocean. . . . his UCLA teams also suffered a staggering 10 losses by 25 points or more. . . . One of Lavin's critics is L.A. Clippers and former UCLA guard Baron Davis, who played for Lavin in 1998 and 1999. Upon a return to Pauley Pavilion, the New York Times reported Davis quipped that his UCLA teams should have received a banner to hang next to the school's 11 national title banners honoring them as the "only team to make the NCAA tournament without a coach."
But let's get to the latest Lavin delusions.
On his staff:
Lavin said there's also the possibility former Purdue coach Gene Keady will help as a consultant. "Kind of a like a Don Zimmer or Joe Torre for me," Lavin said. "My Mr. Miyagi."
Kind of like his experience with Bobby Knight, from Lavin's old UCLA bio (emphasis mine):
Lavin had worked for and studied under some of the most recognized defensive coaches in the country Texas Tech's Bob Knight,; . . . [much further down that experience comes out:] During the semester break of 1987-88 while attending Chapman University, Lavin observed Knight's program, when he was head coach at Indiana,
So Keady, don't take a call from Lavin or you will be blamed as a consultant for what happens. Also, to all current UCLA students if you watch CBH over the summer, in the Lavin world of delusion you can call that studying under him.
But let's delve into Lavin's "22 years of coaching experience", of course that includes 7 years of broadcasting, which in Lavin delusional world is kind of like studying the Bible:
"It's similar to reading a good book, at the age of 20, 30, 40 or 50. With each decade it has a different type of significance. It's richer, deeper, more meaningful, the depth and breadth and the text of the book hasn't changed, but because of your life experiences you bring more to it: whether it's literature, the Bible, poetry, philosophy or whatever it is.
Actually, I buy this to some extent. Lavin is probably the first person with the title "coach" to learn something by listening to the play by play guy, or heck the ESPN interns, talk about basketball. (Remember "Quicksand.")
Lastly, the story details Lavin's "charisma" and how he is making friends. Anyone who thinks they are Lavin's friend should not forget his wedding. If you think that is a low blow, prepare yourself St. John's because that is the feeling you will have in a few years when your Lavin delusion ends.