A&E- Joe Question vs. George Nessman

Well we're off to a solid start, you know, we're 2-1 and we're building a program. We have a short-term plan and a long-term track. Short term, we're committed to having as good as anything we can have. Our guys are giving a great effort, they're playing really hard, I mean, that gives us a chance.

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Here is a nicely done Q and A session that was performed last week by the Spartan Daily's Joe Amaral, and SJSU head basketball coach, George Nessman.

Enjoy, and here is the link back to the original author... http://www.thespartandaily.com

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A&E

JOE AMARAL

Joe Question vs. George Nessman

November 30, 2005

George Nessman has taken over a struggling Spartan men's basketball team since signing on as the team's new head coach for this season.

But with 17 seasons of coaching experience, Nessman might have a few tricks up his sleeve to help pick up the Spartans.

The Spartan Daily's own Joe Question will get to the bottom of it the only way he knows how.

SD: How do you see San Jose State's chances this year?

GN: Well we're off to a solid start, you know, we're 2-1 and we're building a program. We have a short-term plan and a long-term track. Short term, we're committed to having as good as anything we can have. Our guys are giving a great effort, they're playing really hard, I mean, that gives us a chance.

SD: What was it like playing Texas Tech and meeting their coach Bobby Knight?

GN: To be honest with you, we saw it was an honor to play against coach's team and coaching against our staff and our players. But once the game tipped off, it was a basketball game. You know, obviously he's one of the icons in our game, he's one of the true legends and so it was a real privilege for us. But again, once the game started, it's a basketball game.

SD: Did he throw any chairs?

GN: No, he was incredibly gracious to us and he was a real gentleman.

SD: What basketball players did you idolize when you grew up?

GN: To me, my two favorite players when I was growing up were Willis Reed and David DeBusschere, both played with the New York Knicks at the time. I was a youngster when they won the first championship the Knicks won. Willis Reed had the hurt knee and went out and played and that was really inspiring to me. So those were the guys I really looked up to.

SD: Other than San Jose State, did you have a favorite college team that you followed, maybe when you were also growing up?

GN: Well, I went to Cal. Go Bears.

SD: How about the NBA?

GN: Not really, I've got some people that I coached who play in the NBA, so I root for their teams.

SD: So you're not really a specific fan.

GN: Not in the NBA. In the NFL, I like the Green Bay Packers, I like the Minnesota Twins in baseball, but I don't have a real NBA team.

SD: What is your favorite movie?

GN: Of all time?

SD: Yeah, sure.

GN: (Pause) That's a great question. "Judgment at Nuremberg" I think is my all-time favorite movie.

SD: Is there any favorite basketball movie?

GN: (Pause) I like the movie - it's a silly movie - I like the movie "Fast Break" with Gabe Kaplan. I liked it.

SD: Have you ever been involved in a game where it had to be interrupted because maybe fan ran across the court, perhaps due to streaking or something like that?

GN: (Laughs) No, never had a streaker. You know, we actually had a reverse tragic situation. We had a gentleman pass away at a game once, so we called the game at the halftime. But no, never had a streaker in game.

SD: Are you guys going to kick some butt this season?

GN: That's our plan, every time out.


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