Q: What does “Got ‘Em Coach” mean?
A: When I was 16 years old, I played on an AAU basketball team with a SF/PF from Libbey High School named Deon Johnson. One day, at practice, he changed my life.
Deon caught the ball on the wing, and I found myself guarding him on a switch. He beat me easily to the lane, but I recovered, took the angle and went for the block with my left hand. Deon stopped on a dime, let me fly right by, and spun back to his strong left hand.
Before I hit the floor, and before he took the shot, Deon yelled back to our sideline, “Got ‘Em Coach.” All net.
From that day forward, I’ve been yelling at a pretend coach whenever I play.
Bury a jumper in your man’s face? Got ‘Em Coach.
Pin a shot on the glass? Got ‘Em Coach.
Order the perfect dinner off the menu? Got ‘Em Coach.
Good in the morning, noon and night, for all your trash talking needs.