Sunday, December 23, 2007

Reading the practice situation

Avery Johnson made an admission that one might not expect, but it isn’t too surprising. Now in his third full season as Mavericks coach, Johnson has learned that each team has its own personality.

Take the approach to practice for this particular version.

“We tried practicing this team a lot and they don’t respond well,” said Johnson, who had his jersey retired Saturday night in San Antontio. “When we first took over, that particular team, you could practice them morning, noon and night, and they would respond.

“This team is a little bit different. We’ve had to balance, maybe watch a little more film, maybe a little less practice, lift some weights, keep some guys fresh. That’s what managing is all about. I don’t even know if we are coaches. We’re managers.”

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