Posted in Gregg Popovich with tags on October 15, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I just try to be as honest with them as I can. I just think blowing smoke at guys and trying to manipulate guys or trick guys into thinking this, that and the other, it doesn’t work. And it’s tiresome. You got to remember what you told somebody last week. And this week, I can’t do that because I did that, and now I got to do this. That doesn’t work. So if you’re just brutally honest with guys, when they do well, love them and touch them and praise them and if they do poorly, get on their [butt] and let them know it and let them know that you care. And if a player knows that you really care and believes that you can make it better, you got the guy for life.”


Posted in Tom Thibodeau with tags on October 15, 2014 by hoopscoach

“Your mindset has to be right. They say Duncan never leaves the gym. When you look at great players, when you read about guys who have achieved something great, it’s usually them getting past adversity, them making great effort – their readiness to accept a challenge. I think you need a great commitment from your team if you want to do something special. That commitment has to start at the beginning, and it has to remain throughout.”


Posted in Marcin Gortat with tags on October 14, 2014 by hoopscoach

“You gotta work hard every day. Come early to practice, stay late. Make sure you are coachable.”


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 ”


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