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    Quote ebrian wrote: View Post
    A bit misleading.. for some reason I thought Tom Thibodeau had said something about the Raptors. That does not appear to be the case.
    Sorry, not the intent.
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    Thibodeau: "In all my years in this, one thing has never changed: You win with serious, tough-minded players. That never changes"

    Bargnani fits this bill perfectly.
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    This isn't on the players. The players are as advertised.

    This is on Colangelo:

    You want tough minded players? You go get tough minded players.

    What you do not do is try to turn soft players into something they're not. I think this should be well established here now.

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    It's great to have self motivated tough minded players but the Coach preaching and teaching toughness is what makes THE big difference. Even Bargnani can be tough under Thibodeau.
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    Wait a second, didn't they just hire a "tough coach"? You bring Thibodeau here and suddenly the luster rubs off when he's given a bunch of square pegs and a round hole.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Wait a second, didn't they just hire a "tough coach"? You bring Thibodeau here and suddenly the luster rubs off when he's given a bunch of square pegs and a round hole.
    Exactly. Where do people get the idea that an NBA coach can make a 20+yo basketball player "tougher"? I don't even know if it's the case at the kids' sports level, let alone once a guy has been playing for 15+ years and has reached the top of his profession. Coaching can teach skills and maximize physical talent, but a person's mental makeup/approach to the game is not the same.

    If possible, I'd love to hear an example of this happening -- a coach preaching toughness and a player who started out with a "soft" reputation actually becoming tougher as a result.
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