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    It is kind of amazing to me how poorly most players are at articulating, projecting their voices, speaking clearly and voicing something other than platitudes.

    I mean, as a professional athlete, you are going to have to do interviews. What's wrong with spending 20 hours with a voice coach and maybe 10-15 hours with a tutor from Toastmasters? Wouldn't it help when it comes to endorsing products?

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    Quote Puffer wrote: View Post
    It is kind of amazing to me how poorly most players are at articulating, projecting their voices, speaking clearly and voicing something other than platitudes.

    I mean, as a professional athlete, you are going to have to do interviews. What's wrong with spending 20 hours with a voice coach and maybe 10-15 hours with a tutor from Toastmasters? Wouldn't it help when it comes to endorsing products?
    It might have something to do with the non-multi-dimensional aspect to their private lives and educational background...for the vast number especially in the basketball world. Besides these mini interviews are just so canned that the lockerroom cliches just come tumbling forth. There are two bb athletes who stand out to me who can speak on multi subjects...Nash & Grant Hill. Mutombo and Kobe arent bad either. These guys have interests outside of bball which helps a great deal.

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    It might have something to do with the non-multi-dimensional aspect to their private lives and educational background...for the vast number especially in the basketball world. Besides these mini interviews are just so canned that the lockerroom cliches just come tumbling forth. There are two bb athletes who stand out to me who can speak on multi subjects...Nash & Grant Hill. Mutombo and Kobe arent bad either. These guys have interests outside of bball which helps a great deal.
    Having gone through media training, I'm not so hard on these guys. Have you ever been interviewed by reporters on TV or radio? As someone who does nothing but negotiate and talk for a living I can tell you that being on TV, etc. is extremely challenging for anyone, regardless of education. It takes a lot of time, practice and experience to be good at it. It's why politicians are so scripted and rehearsed. It is very easy for anyone to say stupid things or get lost and look dumb. It's why companies pay a lot of money for PR departments, so presidents, vice-presidents, engineers, lawyers, bankers (all smart, well-educated), etc. don't get in trouble.

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    Quote slaw wrote: View Post
    Having gone through media training, I'm not so hard on these guys. Have you ever been interviewed by reporters on TV or radio? As someone who does nothing but negotiate and talk for a living I can tell you that being on TV, etc. is extremely challenging for anyone, regardless of education. It takes a lot of time, practice and experience to be good at it. It's why politicians are so scripted and rehearsed. It is very easy for anyone to say stupid things or get lost and look dumb. It's why companies pay a lot of money for PR departments, so presidents, vice-presidents, engineers, lawyers, bankers (all smart, well-educated), etc. don't get in trouble.
    Don't get me wrong, I am not disagreeing with you, but these guys make, at least hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. Hiring specialists to help them be more effective when they are interviewed has got to have an impact on their marketability with regards to endorsements, sponsorship and life After Basketball, when they might be able to cop TV, radio or internet gigs.

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    I was just wondering who put Aaron Gray's cue cards on the ceiling?

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    What annoys me are the vague, generic answers to the question, "what have you worked on this summer". Instead of specifically mentioning 3-point shooting, court vision, defensive techniques, dribbling skills, post moves, etc., we get the usual, "I've been working on everything to become a more complete player". Thanks for nothing.

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    What annoys me are the vague, generic answers to the question, "what have you worked on this summer". Instead of specifically mentioning 3-point shooting, court vision, defensive techniques, dribbling skills, post moves, etc., we get the usual, "I've been working on everything to become a more complete player". Thanks for nothing.
    But you can't win for losing. If you say you've worked on your 3-pt shot you'll have people criticizing you for not saying defense. If you say defense and 3-pt shooting you'll have people criticizing the order you said them in. If you say 7 things you'll have people criticizing you for not focusing. There's a reason for the rote answers - they keep you out of trouble. As soon as someone speaks says something blunt and truthful, they get hammered, so, no one says anything. Then we criticize them for not saying anything. See how this works?

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    Quote slaw wrote: View Post
    But you can't win for losing. If you say you've worked on your 3-pt shot you'll have people criticizing you for not saying defense. If you say defense and 3-pt shooting you'll have people criticizing the order you said them in. If you say 7 things you'll have people criticizing you for not focusing. There's a reason for the rote answers - they keep you out of trouble. As soon as someone speaks says something blunt and truthful, they get hammered, so, no one says anything. Then we criticize them for not saying anything. See how this works?
    I agree in theory, but I honestly don't think anyone would jump on DeRozan if he truthfully said he's been working on his 3-point shooting, defense, and handles (in any order). I think most would be happy to hear it.

    Similarly, Amir said he's been working on a quicker release on his jumper. I haven't heard anything negative about that yet.

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