Illini Players Need To Buy Into Weber’s System

With agents and managers and representatives all trying to get close to elite college basketball players in an effort to advice them an eventually profit off their success, it makes a college coach’s job that much tougher.

“I think it’s the biggest change in basketball in my coaching, is that how many people get involved,” Bruce Weber, head coach of the Fighting Illini, said on the Danny Mac Show. “When I played, if I had come home and said something about my coach…I’d get a tongue lashing, and maybe another kind of lashing that I didn’t want. And now I think you do have a lot more people involved. There’s a lot more distractions, obviously, the NBA, the money.”

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While the people in the players’ ears may think they know what’s best for the players, it’s the coaches who have experience working with players and getting them to the NBA. When all is said and done, it’s the coach who has the experiences that the “other” influences don’t.

“I’ve been through it before,” Weber said. “I’ve coached number one picks. I’ve coached number three picks. I’ve coached NBA All-Stars. I’ve coached Olympians. I hope I know what I’m doing, and our staff too. And we know you have to keep working at it. No matter how you’re playing, you have to keep pushing yourself and driving yourself and putting in extra time…That’s what you’re hoping to get your guys to believe in and do.”

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  • Bill Figel

    Bruce Weber is a great coach and he has been through it before. That’s exactly why he should have – to use Barney Fife’s phrase – “nipped it in the bud” with Demitri McCamey long before his last year. If sitting him was going to get his attention, it should have been done a long time ago. And where are the blue-collar players that Weber always had on his rosters, guys who could enforce in practice when the stars didn’t practice hard or would get in their face when a 30 footer was launched instead of working the ball inside? I am a huge Weber fan but he should have lost his voice last year straitening out McCamey because now he’s got others who have watched the star spoil the mix.

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