Mar 2, 2012
A Coach’s Message To ‘The Boys Of Spring’

Dick Luther, assistant coach, UW-Whitewater men’s basketball

The high school basketball postseason is here. For teams continuing on in their state tournaments with hopes of hoisting the championship trophy, here are some motivational words from longtime high school basketball coach and assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s basketball team, Dick Luther:

Basketball tournament time is taking over across America. Good teams that qualify believe in their system, teammates and their coaches. You do not become tough in February and March. You improve your toughness each and every game. You now work to refine that toughness.

Toughness in the spring means you are not tired, you execute and play smart basketball. Toughness means you cut with a purpose, you read defenses and you treat the basketball as a piece of gold. Toughness is taking the best percentage shot for your team. Tough players talk all the time. To be tough, you love defense, always holding your stance. Tough teams are hungry for defensive stops, and you have a real pride in your team’s defensive average.

Rebounding is really for tough players. Defensive rebounding is a team thing—one and done. Offensive rebounding is simply for tough kids who believe every shot is a miss and they always are on the move. To tough teams home court is ‘home turf’—similar to a war zone.

Playing in the spring is when the boys grow to play like men. The entire team grows as well and has that certain bring-it-on attitude. Tough teams see that the door is open and the opportunity to move on exists. They know how to foul and when to foul. They have developed mental toughness as well as physical toughness.

Tough players do not start now. They have been there all season.

A Coach’s Message To ‘The Boys Of Spring’

Dick Luther, assistant coach, UW-Whitewater men’s basketball

The high school basketball postseason is here. For teams continuing on in their state tournaments with hopes of hoisting the championship trophy, here are some motivational words from longtime high school basketball coach and assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s basketball team, Dick Luther:

Basketball tournament time is taking over across America. Good teams that qualify believe in their system, teammates and their coaches. You do not become tough in February and March. You improve your toughness each and every game. You now work to refine that toughness.

Toughness in the spring means you are not tired, you execute and play smart basketball. Toughness means you cut with a purpose, you read defenses and you treat the basketball as a piece of gold. Toughness is taking the best percentage shot for your team. Tough players talk all the time. To be tough, you love defense, always holding your stance. Tough teams are hungry for defensive stops, and you have a real pride in your team’s defensive average.

Rebounding is really for tough players. Defensive rebounding is a team thing—one and done. Offensive rebounding is simply for tough kids who believe every shot is a miss and they always are on the move. To tough teams home court is ‘home turf’—similar to a war zone.

Playing in the spring is when the boys grow to play like men. The entire team grows as well and has that certain bring-it-on attitude. Tough teams see that the door is open and the opportunity to move on exists. They know how to foul and when to foul. They have developed mental toughness as well as physical toughness.

Tough players do not start now. They have been there all season.






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