”Having the basketball gods on your side, and the way to get them on your side is to please them by playing all aspects of the game consistently with a hard-nosed disposition.”
Archive for Rick Carlisle
On Dirk Nowitzki’s shooting workouts:
He’s shot millions of them in practice. In secluded gyms in the middle of nowhere. Some obscure places in Germany. I’ve been to a couple of them. They are obscure. In here at night. Last night, he was here with [mentor] Holger [Geschwindner].
Of all the players I’ve been around in 30 years, whenever we’ve been in the playoffs, whether we’re home or on the road, he comes in the night before games. He goes to the venues and he shoots.
It’s religion for him to work on it and be proficient at it.
“We just stay in the present. We’ve got to worry about today’s game, concern ourselves with that and do everything possible to play our best today and tonight, and then we’ll move on from there.”