“There’s no question that he wants to win, and his I.Q. for the game is actually very good,” George Karl told me in a conversation about Anthony during the 2013-14 season. He always wants to think like a coach, but he always doesn’t want to sign the contract with the coach.”
Asked what he meant by that, Karl, who coached Anthony in Denver, said: “I don’t think Melo understands that coming to work with the best attitude every single day is a precious commodity when you’re the best player. That’s not the same thing as playing hard. That’s bringing the total package, 100 percent focused on all the little things. Those are rare breeds.”
Here’s the entire article written by Harvey Araton of the New York Times.
“If you have a d***head coach, you just don’t care. It’s like if you have a boss you don’t like, you might not give 110 percent effort every night because you don’t like him. But he’s a personable guy. He’s himself. And I think him just as a person translates and players respond well.’’
The first order of business for us is to build trust. Build a program, not an organization. And also to build a family. Want to lose ourselves to each other. You don’t hear this a lot in NBA locker rooms, but we have to love. We have to nurture. We have to teach.
Bringing passion, connecting to the city, is the most important thing. Building young men of character, because if you have young men of character, the ball will move on its own. Everything outside of basketball is the initial business. It will eventually bleed into the basketball, become basketball, create a movement, create a family.
We have to love the process, embrace the process and be a part of the journey. And at the same time uplift. Coach Wooden taught me belief is stronger than reality. If we believe and if we create a movement, anything is possible.
Popovich was asked if he ever sees qualities in a player he coaches against that make him think the player could become a coach someday:
“I think it has to do with what kind of people they are. How interested they are in the game. How much they study it. What their relationships to other people are like. Do they command respect? Are they leaders? All of those things go into figuring out whether a player is cut out to be a coach. They have to be goofy enough to want to do it. It’s a stupid job.”