"Defense is not a variable. It's a constant. Shooting is a variable. Contesting a shot is not a variable. Skill is a variable. Work is not a variable, not a skill; it's an attitude. Defense has to be deeply embedded in your attitude."
Working hard is a message DAL coach Rick Carlisle is preaching to his team:
"Hard play is the biggest key to winning in this league, other than having enough talent. I love the talent on our team, but we don't have the kind of talent to win on talent alone. That's a fact. And most teams in the league are in the same position. We got to fight every night for wins. It's never easy."
[I just finished typing up notes from Coach Carril's book and will post later today. Even better, you can order the book on Amazon today. It's outstanding.]