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“The hype and stuff like that, I think that’s for you guys to talk about,” Thibodeau said. “For us, it’s to understand what we have to put into each and every day, and what goes into winning to make the commitment to improve. And if we’re doing everything the right way, if we’re practicing the right way, if we’re preparing the right way, if we’re studying the right way, I think good things will happen. And we’re trying to measure ourselves as to whether everything is being done at a championship caliber level, so if we’re doing that, I think we’ll continue to improve. “I don’t want to put a lid on what we can do or can’t do. I think we’re young. We have pure hearts. We have to grow and mature, and I think that will happen. But we have to put the work into it each and every day.”
Wiggins, Towns and Simmons were the last three No. 1 overall draft picks. LaVine and Gordon have had success and put on a Slam Dunk Contest for the ages in February. Each player has a ton of potential, and some of the NBA’s next stars could emerge from this group. However, these players have another common thread connecting them, albeit one that is lesser known: They are all clients of Graham Betchart. Who is Graham Betchart, you ask? He’s a sports psychologist or, as he likes to be called, a “mental skills coach.” His impact is felt all over the NBA – as evidenced by his impressive client list – but very few fans know who he is since his work is done behind the scenes and doesn’t get much attention.
Emmy Award winning multimedia production company OBB Pictures announced Tuesday the Nov. 2 premiere of “The 5th Quarter” — a 12-episode mockumentary comedy series that will feature NBA stars Blake Griffin, Karl-Anthony Towns and Chandler Parsons, as well as comedians George Lopez and Jeff Ross and sportscasters Kenny Mayne and Ahmad Rashad. The series will be available for free exclusively on go90.com or the go90 app. A new episode will be released every Wednesday.
Thibodeau swears he didn’t need the dual roles, though given the public friction between Thibodeau and Bulls management during his tenure in Chicago from 2010-15, it’s understandable that he might want it. “It wasn’t an absolute,” Thibodeau told The Vertical. “The biggest thing for me was alignment. Not that you have to agree on everything. When you put competitive people together, there are going to be disagreements. But once a decision is made, you have to be aligned. There has to be a belief system. [Boston’s] Danny [Ainge] and Doc [Rivers, who coached the Celtics from 2004-13], they were very much together. Danny was very inclusive. Danny talked to me every day. I learned a lot from that. And I have that here.”