THE OFFICIAL DUKE/UNC B-BALL THREAD 2020/21 (WORSE, SLOWER, MORE MASKS, LESS FANS, LESS W’s)

05_never_again

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I think that it’s a combination of both . The guy is a maniac. He is the ultimate competitor and maybe he feels like if he can’t do it at the highest level anymore he doesn’t want to do it any less than full go. I’ve told the story on here before:
A friend of mine was on staff about 10 years ago or so and Duke got blown out on the road by a lesser team. They had Maryland in 3 days and when they got back to the basketball office around 2am K told the entire staff to go home get their $hit and be back by 4 and to tell their families they wouldn’t see them until after the Maryland game. Duke went on to beat Maryland by double figures and K was beaming post game and telling the staff how it was so worth it not to go home for 72 hours because they beat Maryland. From what I was told the staff kind of faked their enthusiasm. He’s psycho. And I guess that’s what it takes when you’re a Saban or Belichick or K .
Not only that, but you can only pull that kind of s**t when you have built up a reputation that precedes you. Saban, or K, or Belichick could do that today and get away with it because they are who they are.

If those guys tried that early in their careers, or say if someone like Jeremy Pruitt tried that, the entire staff would mutiny and quit. Even if it "worked" and they blew out their opponent in the next game. Saban would be despised by Alabama fans if he won to any less of an extent than he does. He's a total dick in press conferences, if you question anything he says he tends to get mad, says "trust the process" over and over again, etc. Can you imagine how quickly that would wear thin if he only won 10 games a year?

It is ironic that many of these legendary coaches are not actually guys you necessarily want to emulate, because they have a style they can get away with because of their reputation. If you don't have the reputation and you try their style, it probably isn't going to work.
 
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