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06-18-2013, 11:55 AM
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Tawnos
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Originally Posted by BwayBshirt View Post
I think if guys great former players are willing to put the time in as assistants first then the opportunity to be a good coach will be there ala Oates.

The problem is great players usually either don't want their responsibilities marginalized in any way, shape or form; don't want to be out of the spotlight even if they prove to be helpful; or simply don't want to put in the necessary work to be as good as they need to be.
I don't really think that last part is true at all. The real problem is relating to players. For someone who naturally thinks the game on the level Gretzky does, it's hard to understand a guy who can't. For someone who had the physical tools Messier did, it might be hard to relate to someone whose tools are lesser.

I'm not trying to brag, but I deal with that kind of thing all the time. I'm a smart guy, and sometimes I have to forcibly remind myself that not everyone is as quick to understand things as I am. It's just a reality of existing in a world where some people have lesser abilities.

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