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Legendary coach Lefty Driesell, 81, says he sleeps naked because of Marilyn Monroe

Lefty-DriesselFormer Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell recruited and coached a promising young player by the name of Len Bias. As you may know, Bias was selected by the Boston Celtics with the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. He died two days later from a heart attack that was caused by a cocaine overdose.

During a recent interview with ESPN 980′s Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, the 81-year-old coaching legend discussed what a shame it is that bad decisions resulted in Bias’ life ending at such a young age. That led to a conversation about talented young stars who passed away too early because of drugs, such as Marilyn Monroe. Then things got a little weird.

“I mean, she’s still a famous movie star, and was my favorite movie star at the time. In fact, I’ll tell you a little secret,” Driesell said according to Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “She used to sleep naked, right? And I always slept with pajamas,  until I fell in love with Marilyn. So now, I still sleep naked. And my grandchildren come in there and say, ‘Granddaddy, how come you don’t wear pajamas?’ I say because Marilyn Monroe never did. They don’t know who Marilyn Monroe was. And I can’t stand sleeping with pajamas on anymore.”

How’s that for a visual? I know old people have a tendency to get sidetracked in the middle of conversations, but Driesell took things to an entirely new level. Good for him.

Former Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell Upset Court Named After Gary Williams

Over the past several years, naming college basketball courts after legendary coaches has become increasingly popular. The honor has been given to Coach K, Dickie V., Eddie Sutton and many others. As expected, the gesture is often met with jealousy and opposition from other former coaches or influential figures within the programs. Now that Maryland has decided to name their court after Gary Williams, former Terps coach Lefty Driesell is not pleased.

“It’s not fair to my players that they would put Gary Williams’ name on the court,” Driesell said in an email to the school Tuesday according to the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a disservice to players such as Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Brad Davis, Greg Manning, Adrian Branch and Steve Sheppard.”

With a record of 461-252 after his 22 years as Maryland’s head coach, Williams is the winningest coach in school history. Driesell’s 348 wins in 17 seasons place him second behind Williams. Some have wondered whether or not a significant gift is coming from Williams and if that factored into the decision to name the court after him. Of course, the school insists it was the “enduring legacy” Gary brought the the program that inspired them to honor him.

The bottom line is you can’t please everyone. Driesell says giving the name “Gary Williams Court” is not fair to those who didn’t play for Williams, but we all know what he means: it’s not fair to him.