July 25, 2013

Many of the words aren’t new to anybody, including those uttered from the almost-anything-goes bleachers and on the basketball court itself, where effective trash talk is sometimes as revered as a backward slam off an alley-oop pass.

But Saunders coach Anthony Nicodemo doesn’t expect his recent public announcement that he’s gay to place a bull’s-eye on either his back or the backs of his players.

He has told his kids, though, that gay slurs directed at the team are his battle alone.

“I have to trust my kids (not to retaliate). Everything that’s going on is trust,” said Nicodemo, 35.

If things get “that volatile — if it’s affecting my team and kids — I will address it with the administration or whomever is in charge,” he said.