Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Holding players accountable for their defense

Nets forward Eddie Najera, who takes pride in his defense, provides some insight into how coaches can get their teams to buy into a "defense first" philosophy:

"It's about seeing my coach, and believing what he's teaching. It's pretty self-explanatory: He's going to hold everybody accountable defensively, and I like that. Anybody can play defense in the NBA. It's just a matter of wanting to do it. It's all about what comes from the leader, and him wanting you to do it. And since I've gotten here, he's been emphasizing defense."