MALIK BEASLEY

Good stuff on the rookie for the Denver Nuggets. Leonard Hamilton, his college coach with the following comment.

“From a character standpoint, he’s off the Richter scale. He’s one of those kids who is unbelievably hardworking, extremely passionate, a gym rat. Tremendous effort is not work to him, it’s just kind of like who he is and what he enjoys doing.”

Malik Beasley comes to Denver with “mutant” work ethic

ON RUSSELL WESTBROOK

From Kobe Bryant:

“When I turn on the TV and I watch players play, the player that plays with the same kind of emotion and grit and competitive intensity is Russell [Westbrook].”

“When I was young and playing, that wasn’t the perception. The perception was that I was headstrong, obsessive about the game of basketball, but as time has gone on and people have been able to see how obsessive I’ve been about winning, then that’s kind of become, they’ve kind of come to know me as that, right. So there are certain young players out there, I’m sure, that have that mentality, but over time we will be able to see who is who.”

“Russell is going hard. Doesn’t matter who he is playing against, doesn’t matter what the odds are, he’s going, that’s a guy, he is going 110 percent every single time.”

Source: http://clutchpoints.com/kobe-bryant-sees-himself-in-russell-westbrook/

JUSTIN ANDERSON

Entering his second season with the Dallas Mavericks:

“I think the best thing for me is to kind of be mature about this process and figure out what this team needs me to do this year, and go out there and try to practice it and try to put some of these things into play. With that being said, also having a high level of aggressiveness. But at the same time, just doing it the right way. Just playing the game the right way is what I’m focused on.”

STATS

Everyone is into numbers.

Happy to see the NBA is keeping “hustle” stats.

-Contested Shots
-Charges Drawn
-Deflections
-Loose Balls Recovered
-Screen Assists

I love this.

These are all traits of “playing the right way.”

PROGRESS TAKES TIME

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees is on fire.  He’s got 9 home runs in his first 19 games with the club. Here’s a good story on his journey. This past Spring, things didn’t work out. He stayed in the minor leagues and was able to play and develop.

“When he got back here, he got to work right away. I think he knew it was just a matter of time for him. There wasn’t a letdown or a funk; he just got to work right away, picked up where he left off last year and in spring training and added to it. He was committed right from the beginning. He was able to focus more on the game-planning, the pitch-calling, his receiving.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/gary-sanchez-didn-spring-woes-yankees-article-1.2765941?utm_content=buffer5765b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=NYDNSports+Twitter

 

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Good stuff from Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson:

“Isn’t player development coaching? Helping players improve?  Putting them in a position to succeed?  That’s the difference between a ‘workout guy’ and a ‘player development guy.’  A workout guy is doing mindless reps and ‘hey, you’re getting a good sweat.’  I think player development is really linked to coaching and figuring out the nuances.”

Here’s the entire interview.

http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/8/23/12603444/kenny-atkinson-roster-not-system-will-dictate-brooklyn-nets-offense