Keyon Dooling RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:196 lbs. / 88.9 kg.
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:196 lbs. / 88.9 kg.
There are more positive sentiments in the NBA Players Association with its new leadership, featuring executive director Michele Roberts. Players are more upbeat about the direction of the union entering potentially turbulent times with the expected opt-out of the current contract in 2017. Former NBA player Keyon Dooling, who was part of the executive committee during his final playing years and is now helping out with union business, said he is encouraged by the new direction. “There’s a certain pedigree that you know you’re in good hands,” he said. “Transformational leadership is what I like to call it. This generation wants to be united because you can learn from some of the mistakes that we made during the last lockout. “I hope this young generation really understands the importance of getting involved with the union, collective bargaining, and fighting hard to not only keep what we’ve earned but push it forward and continuing to grow as the game grows.”
Keyon Dooling on Scott Skiles: “During my time in Milwaukee, he had an average relationship with the players. I don’t think it was great, I don’t think it was bad. His work ethic, X’s and O’s and game-planning were his strengths. Where he fell short is maybe with people.” “I wouldn’t call him a players’ coach, but I wouldn’t call him a coach players wouldn’t like to play for either. I enjoyed playing for him. I learned every day. I was prepared from a game-playing standpoint. He was a very hard worker and I’m really not one to judge coaches by how friendly my relationship was with them.”
Keyon Dooling: “Historically, players have gotten better under Scott Skiles. Players developed when he was in Chicago, same in Milwaukee. I think he’s actually one the best at taking over a program full of young players and developing them, giving the team an identity and turning the program around.”
Keyon Dooling: “Skiles is a high-pedigree coach. A lot of times when coaches get fired, they get better at wherever they were weak. (If he gets the Orlando job) I think he’ll be better in how he deals with players this time. During my time in Milwaukee, he had an average relationship with the players. I don’t think it was great, I don’t think it was bad. His work ethic, X’s and O’s and game-planning were his strengths. Where he fell short is maybe with people. I wouldn’t call him a players’ coach, but I wouldn’t call him a coach players wouldn’t like to play for either. I enjoyed playing for him. I learned every day. I was prepared from a game-playing standpoint. He was a very hard worker and I’m really not one to judge coaches by how friendly my relationship was with them.”
Keyon Dooling: He also gave the best pregame speeches I had ever heard in my life. It wasn’t the standard pep talk by any means. No, Doc would pull directly from his life experience and be honest and direct – as well as show his vulnerability. Many of his stories were about his father, who was a police officer, and the lessons he learned from him. He would take you on an emotional roller coaster, from the bottom to the top and back down again, and I would see these legendary basketball greats getting all pumped up. As for me, I would just try to contain myself; in the middle of one of his talks, I just wanted to yell, “Let me out there now! Please let me out there now! You don’t have to say anything else, Doc, just let me out there now!”
Keyon Dooling: What I loved about (Doc Rivers) was that he didn’t sweat the small things. If you didn’t want to practice in a shirt, you didn’t have to. If you wanted to listen to your music on the plane, you could go ahead. He wasn’t tripping off dress code or anything that didn’t impact the big picture. But when you had a job to do in the weight room, on the court, in a professional setting? It was, “Do your f—ing job!” That’s because he had only one team rule – and it only had one word in it: Respect. Respect your trainer’s time. You have a massage set up, be there on time. Respect the equipment guys’ job – don’t leave your stuff all raggedy, put it in the bin. The message was that people worked hard for us – and we should do our part to help them do what they did for us. Doc held you accountable.
Keyon Dooling: So here I was, on a mission to connect with this supposedly scary dude everyone’s talking about. I didn’t really have a choice, they even moved his locker next to mine to get the relationship going. Result? A great friendship! I found him to be the total opposite of scary. I think the timing had a lot to with it – he was at a place in life where he was open to my way of helping. There were a lot of misconceptions about him in the media and even in the league, and I wanted people to appreciate Ray (that’s what I call him) for who he truly was.