“The Gun.” Every team at the high school, college and pro level has one. At East Lansing High School we have two. Lots of players love to use them. It takes a little work to set it up and some work to break it down. But Timmy Duncan, well he will not let anyone else do it. Read below…
R.C. Buford spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski on the Vertical Podcast with Woj and what happens when Tim Duncan is finished his shooting workout
Transcript via “Pounding the Rock.” http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/7/20/12211278/transcript-r-c-bufords-emotional-tim-duncan-interview
Woj: Some of your staff once told me, probably may not a big thing for the people outside of the organization, the actual shooting machine, he always folds it up himself… not looking for the an intern or staff guy right? Folds it up and back into the closet.
RC: He won’t let other people do his work. I think it emphasizes his humility. But it’s also a great example for new people in the gym to see.
After shooting 3-11 from the floor in a summer league game for the San Antonio Spurs:
“They still tell me to be myself, [but] just play the right way. The Spurs way.”
“Everybody has an ego, but on our team, everybody thinks about the team first. If you want to be successful in a team sport, you have to put your ego to the side.”
“We have a team full of coaches. There is a constant information flow that comes from everyone, and everybody is chugging in the same direction. Nobody is pulling off to the left or right, with personal stuff and egos and things like that. Every moment, every play means something. That’s what I wanted. Every game, every possession means the world to us. There’s an ideology that exists here. You just trust it.”
From Gregg Popovich:
“With us, film is short and directed – very specific on certain items. You can’t do a coaching clinic every time you do a film session or you lose them all. But if something is directed, like pick-and-roll defense, transition defense or how the ball was shared or not shared and you get after it and do it, it makes sense to most players.”
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.”