The bubbly I’m pouring wasn’t popped yet
Before there was an audience to watch us
I assure you
There was a process
Nas, “Back When” from Life is Good
John Beilein loves the process. It defines his teams, his career and who he is as a coach. It’s in the most common refrains of not just his vocabulary – “We have to continue to get better every day” – but the vocabulary of his players, as well. The process dictates the way he describes everything from basketball to life. Even after Michigan’s Sweet Sixteen victory over Kansas, Michigan’s defensive angles weren’t bad or even mistaken. To Beilein, they were “still a thing we just have to continue to learn.”
When asked a question this weekend about Mitch McGary’s production, Beilein never came close to mentioning his freshman’s numbers. Instead, he talked about the process: “it has been such a great progression for him, to watch him get better and better, his practice habits, getting in shape, the weigh...