* Doug Smith, Top coach has to do it all
The main work is done away from the prying eyes and cameras of the media, in practices and the locker room, in meetings with players and general managers and assistant coaches. Sometimes it involves discipline, sometimes it involves changing tactics in mid-season, they are often decisions no one ever sees made.
“It would be nice, and it’ll never happen, where you could have sportswriters and all the people that kind of look at us and say we’re not doing a good job to kind of sit in and be with us for a week or two to kind of see what we do and what we put into it,” Scott said in a weekend interview.“Outside people that aren’t in our world every day have no clue of what we’re going through, so I really don’t care,” said Scott.
If you’ve ever walked a mile in the shoes of an NBA head coach … you know exactly what men like Byron Scott and Sam Mitchell are talking about when they say something along these lines.
The average basketball fan(atic) … or, someone who works in a field which s/he ‘thinks’ is related to ‘what it must be like to coach an NBA team’ … is totally clueless when it comes to understanding how things function in this League and what it’s like to work (and, either, succeed or fail) everyday in this unique environment.
The men who succeed big-time in this world are terrific Transformational Leaders with a clearly defined Vision of what their team will look like when it reaches its apex … and the ability to consistently coax peak performances from younger men, with varied backgrounds, almost all of whom (i) make substantially more annual salary, (ii) have increased job security, (iii) have a highly specialized skill set which is exceptionally difficult to duplicate within this specific professional sphere, and (iv) have a lesser daily workload, than their esteemed Leader.
Unless you have walked in their shoes … NBA coaches (like Byron Scott and Sam Mitchell) are absolutely correct to “not care” what others think about them.
[P.S. Now, if you’ve ever been a coach, yourself … at a high level of competition … then, that’s a different story altogether.]