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.
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I hate bringing up Vince because it can sometimes derail a thread but Vince Carter is a prime example of no one being able to teach "toughness" or instill "toughness". The player has to want it, he has to be motivated. He has to appreciate what it takes and why it's worth it. Leaders offer encouragement but they can't make a player "want it", that comes from within. It can mean the difference between Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant or for that matter, Andrea Bargnani and Arvydas Sabonis.
If a Coach had Vince and Kobe on his team, Kobe need not be taught 'toughness' because he teaches himself. Vince on the other hand is not self-motivated. It(motivation) needs to come from outside. Now, will Vince at any point of time be as good as Kobe? Of course not but the Coach can ensure that he's tougher than his natural self.
Attitude Is A Choice.
I disagree, I don't think toughness can be taught but I'm open minded. I think it was jimmie who asked for someone to present examples...
I do not believe mental toughness can be taught, it's all on the individual, I actually have Lowry's attitude, and this past season, it cost me a starting spot (I was the starter all year until coach got tired of me pulling out, or not pushing through), and I became a 6th, 7th guy off the bench, and quite frankly I was very pissed. For the record, I did earn some recognition and awards, but I ended off the season poorly because of it.
I have been trying to become a mentally stronger individual, trying to finish runs without stopping to walk, giving 100% effort for the time you are practicing, etc, etc. I rely too often on motivation from others, and that means I'm dependent upon others to help my mind want me to be successful.
Motivation, and coaches words are ways that help you want to get that goal, but it's really all up to you to get used to it, or just put aside all the pussying out, and bitching and just do the damn job.
Maybe you have been taught by a coach, or a significant other to have mental toughness, but this is just my experience. Other's words are nothing but guidelines to me, my decisions is what shows whether I'm learning it.
Exactly. A coach's job doesn't involve motivating. I think some people are confusing motivation with encouragement. Motivation is desire and a willingness to do something. A coach can't make you want it, he can only encourage you to want it and to try and teach you why it is important to want it and to do what is required to fully commit.
A good coach gets the most out of his players but even the best coach can't will someone to want it. That's why you rarely see the best of the best actively seeking out really troubled players. They sometimes take a flier, but taking a flier tends to involve little risk(ie: no CBA related penalties if they cut him; no guarantees.).
The Spurs, for example, rarely take missteps in the the character category. Stephen Jackson was a misstep but nobody is perfect...
I find if I really enjoy something I'm more likely to pursue it aggressively. There are other things that motivate me but enjoyment is the strongest.
Here's an example to put this into context:
Bargnani doesn't enjoy banging in the paint, that's clear. So he's not motivated to do it. Coaches have reasoned with him, presenting logical reasons why it's important but he clearly dislikes doing the dirty work and so he's not motivated to do it. This leads to highly inconsistent play in the paint for him. Coaches can't make him enjoy it and so I'm afraid he's not been reached and never will. It's on him and him alone now. All that can be reasonably done has been done.
Last edited by Apollo; Tue Apr 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 PM.
Its like teaching a guy to have a motor it cant be done. If we could simply make Bargnani intense like Amir it would have been done already. I'd also like to add whoever a players coach is entering the NBA shapes him his entire career, Bargnani was molly coddled If casey had him from the Go I think he would be a much better player today.
Last edited by Apollo; Tue Apr 23rd, 2013 at 11:25 PM.
To be honest with you, my other teammates always communicated with me, they always had something to say. "Hey, c'mon, just keep pushing! We're almost there." Something like that or similar, but at one point, it sounded like a broken record to me. They always had to kind of, lift me up, or sort of, drag me to play and practice with just as much effort.
I think my attitude comes off as:
"I'm a really good player, so since I'm better than all of these guys, I'm going to get my spot, minutes, play calls, opportunities, etc."
I've always had trouble in earning it, playing and working hard for every, single, thing. I always lacked putting in the work when it was time to individually, I didn't want to do it, mainly because it's going back to me thinking I'm the best. When I did not get what I wanted, I would not work hard, or earn it back. I knew what their drives were, some of them just want to be the best, some of them are just naturally born to work hard, and some don't complain, talk, and just do what's told of them. Me? I'm a rebel at times, I will get in trouble with the coaches, but it's all in good intention, just it might not be the proper way, fundamental way, etc. I wanted things to be seen through my eyes.
To your point about doing something because you like it, doesn't necessarily match up with me, I love defending, I get joy stripping the ball out of player's hands, shot clock violations, I think of myself as a very good defender as well, I take pride in opposing teams/players not scoring on me, or on the team in general. Rebounding, getting elbows in the face, etc. I like getting into the middle of things, I might actually be in the middle of things far too often. I lead the school district in technical fouls, too many altercations (smack-talk), and got too offended if I thought an opposing player was disrespecting my teammate. Quite frankly, I have a bad attitude, and this type of toughness is different to mental toughness.
It's just, when I get tired, and or I'm not defending him right, or in the right spot offensively, and I've got the coaches yelling in my ear, I get upset, and or I just lose the effort and focus I originally had. I rarely ever regain it, and that's why I got benched.
I have to learn to be more coachable, not come off so selfish, and put excuses aside and just get the job done. My attitude has always been - and my coaches tell me - the reason why my full potential/production isn't consistent. I'm too selfish and I wanted everything handed on a silver platter.
Passion/Desire and Mental toughness are two different things. The former has to do with 'Love for something' and the later has to do with 'Attitude'.
Passion is a deep LOVE for a certain thing. For example, Basketball is Lebron's passion.
Mental Toughness is a 'never say die' ATTITUDE. For example, Lebron settled for a jump shot as the tough/persistent defender did not allow him to attack the basket.
Some Coaches set very high standards of 'toughness'. They do not tolerate 'lukewarmness' and are very demanding. Players who play for them are expected to raise the level of their game. Popovich and Thibodeau are good examples. Other Coaches have different approaches. Phil Jackson is a good strategist, Mike D'toni is offence oriented and so on. The point is, they don't rely on 'toughness'.
The above is stated to make my point and not to play 'teacher'. Please excuse me if I sound like one.
Attitude Is A Choice.
Attitude Is A Choice.
Ettore Messina was pretty tough and Bargnani thrived under him.
I don't think Bargnani LOVES the game of basketball and I think he needs someone to push him. Coddling in Toronto turned him in to a jellyfish.... and not one of those badass most poisonous creatures in the world jellyfish.
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You see examples of it all the time, whether it's in little league or professional sports. Player A has more talent, but less desire. Player B has less talent and more desire. Both players have the same coach, receiving the same motivation. Quite often Player B will wind up being the 'better' player, because relentless determination can make his lesser talent more impactful and provides him with more beneficial intangibles. All major sports have seen very talented players wash-out of the league because they didn't have the desire to be the best.
When you talk of 'toughness' and the coach's ability to influence it, I personally think that's actually 'effort'. A coach can motivate a player to put in more effort in short bursts, for a time, but I don't believe a coach can change a player's underlying attitude/passion/commitment/dedication/desire.
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