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I'm so glad to see a coach who's not afraid to coach DISCIPLINE. I'm so sick of this "kids being kids" lax attitude by coaches. I think the most successful teams are the teams that play fundamental basketball. They don't congratulate themselves everytime they make a basket/play. They don't get over-confident. They don't cop attitudes of how talented/intelligent/pretty they are. They don't hog the ball. They cheer for, support and trust each other and their coaches. They don't throw shots toward the basket - they follow thru til the ball goes thru the net. If it doesn't go thru, they board and make another opportunity for someone to score. They don't take plays off. they DO NOT put themselves in jeopardy by making unforced turnovers. They VALUE the basketball. They win and/or lose with dignity and immediately get back to the business of getting better.
Is that unrealistic? Heck no, it's fundamental basketball. When the game has been won or lost, and each player and coach can honestly say, "I have played/coached to the best of my ability, and I will strive to get better, then, I will go celebrate or comfort my teammates."
I'm just not pandering to this notion of dismissing bad behavior, or allowing lax attitudes of student athletes on scholarship.
Academics are first and foremost, yes. The chosen sport is 2nd as far as contractual agreement goes. Striving to be the best one can be is sort of promised when one signs the papers. Being the best in showing one's rear end does not factor in. Does it?
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