Smith Avoids Contact with Greg Olsen at Basketball Game

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports Monday night Lovie Smith sat four seats down from tight end Greg Olsen as the two judged the McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk contest at Chicago State.

Smith didn’t say a word to Olsen during the event and barely looked Olsen’s way the entire time. The Bears coach briefly greeted his player prior to the event.

Sure, Smith wanted to ask Olsen about his offseason and how training was going down in Miami. But he avoided such conversation, with players and coaches barred from extended contact during ongoing NFL lockout. There’s a possibly matters could change once federal judge Susan Richard Nelson decides whether or not to halt the lockout when the case hits a Minneapolis court room Wednesday. But until then, Smith has to keep his distance. As do the players.

“You want to talk, but you know what it is,” Smith said, referring to the no-contact rule. “Greg knows what it is, and I know what it is. … We both understand the landscape of what’s going on right now. We just hope that, eventually, we’ll be able to do a lot more than just see each other.”

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