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.
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.
Attitude Is A Choice.
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.
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.