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Ever since I started covering the Grizz for, I’ve noticed that in media sessions after games, there’s always reporters sticking a million cameras and microphones in coaches and players faces. Most of the same questions: So and so had a great night, blah blah couldn’t get it going, yadda yadda killed you on the boards. That’s all good and necessary journalism — and that’s what you go to your ESPN & local mainstream media for.

Me, I’ve gotten used to sticking around for a few minutes after most of the cameras go away, so I can ask other questions, like: “Mike, what’s up with the Bible scripture tattoo on your arm?” That’s the kind of stuff we think you fans can’t get from the other outlets — the slice of life type stuff, or the unfiltered goods from the home team.

So when you take that, add in Coach Lionel Hollins’ no-nonsense straight talking style, and sprinkle in a little bit of Chris Vernon, host of The Chris Vernon Show to get the conversation started, you get this wonderfully candid insider’s look at why some players don’t last in the NBA. (Note: There is exactly ONE word of objectionable language, but it’s nothing your kid probably hasn’t heard on TV, the movies or the playground.)

Coach talks about why its important to be coachable, how important it is to recognize your niche in the NBA, and the perils of putting young athletes on a pedestal too soon. Excellent, EXCELLENT lessons about basketball, sports and life, from a man I grow to respect more as a coach, leader and man each year. Watch and learn, kids:

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3 Responses to How To Make It In the NBA: Real Talk from Lionel Hollins (Video)

  1. John RNo Gravatar says:

    Fantastic bit, love hearing real talk from Coach Hollins.

  2. Steve DanzigerNo Gravatar says:

    This is awesome. Lionel Hollins is ferociously candid and to the point. I feel real comfortable with rookies and young guys in his hands. He tells it like it is.

    Side-note: Lee, I’m really loving these media day looks. Can’t find stuff like this elsewhere.

  3. Lee Eric SmithNo Gravatar says:

    “Ferociously Candid!”

    I love that! Can I use it sometime?

    Thanks, Steve!!

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