Posted in Dusan Ivkovic with tags , , on October 14, 2014 by hoopscoach

“A couple words about what we call mental preparation. It is also a process, daily work. I personally prefer to work alone, without a psychologist, because I think that a third person between the player and the coach is not necessary. The coach must also be a psychologist, understand the soul of the players and get inside their heads and hearts to find out what they have inside. You have to talk to them a lot, alone or with everyone else in the locker room, but you must always ask more from the best players. I was accused of not being able to deal with stars, but I think the opposite: I was always more critical with the best players because I knew they could do it and that’s why we got to the top many times together. You cannot be as demanding with the young ones, you have to teach them trust and be patient with them.”


Posted in Tom Thibodeau with tags on October 14, 2014 by hoopscoach

‘‘I’m watching San Antonio, and they’re going after it. Parker, Duncan, they’re playing huge minutes right off the start. I think it’s a strong message what they’re saying right now. They’re preparing themselves to defend their championship. And so in order to get that way from them, you’re going to have to wrestle it away from them. They’re not just going to give it away. Your mind-set has to be right.’’


Posted in Taj Gibson with tags on October 13, 2014 by hoopscoach

“Whoever’s in front of me, I’m going to learn from it, take it in stride, never complain, do my job. Whenever my number is called, just perform. It’s about winning.  There are going to be bumps in the road all year, but I’m ready and I know my teammates will be ready for whatever comes our way. I’m just focused on us getting wins and going deep in the playoffs.”

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau on Gibson

“Whatever you ask Taj to do for the team, he’s willing to do.  He has a great motor. When you put him in the game, he doesn’t need 5-10 minutes to warm up. He’s ready to go.”


Posted in Samuel Dalembert on October 13, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I want to keep getting better, play hard and give yourself the opportunity to win ”


Posted in Byron Scott with tags on October 8, 2014 by hoopscoach

On rookie Julius Randle:

“He’s got to do a better job of setting screens. He’s got to do a better job of getting up and down the floor. He does that in spurts. The biggest thing with him right now is that he has to get in better shape. He’s in good shape but he has to get in great shape.”


Posted in Eddie Jordan with tags , , , on October 4, 2014 by hoopscoach

On what he looks for in a player:

“I always say there’s four things that make up a good player on a good team: No. 1 is talent. No. 2 is toughness. You’ve gotta be a tough kid, mentally, emotionally, physically. You can’t break down and whine about calls, or I didn’t get a shot, or this didn’t go my way. No. 3 you’ve gotta love playing.  ‘Do you play all the time? Are you a gym rat’? And No. 4, character. I look at their demeanor on the floor, their behavior.”


Posted in Steve Kerr with tags , on October 3, 2014 by hoopscoach

On Draymond Green:

“I don’t know what position he plays and all that stuff, but he seems to always have a nose for the ball. He understands how to make the extra pass or the rotation or draw the charge. He’s just one of those guys who is going to find his way on the floor.”


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