Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 12/3/12
We have all heard the phrase before: somebody being "wise beyond their years". I've been thinking about this phrase the past couple days. This current Portland Trail Blazers team has taken incredible heat from the media on being young, inexperienced and unprepared to compete in the league right now. But I would like to argue that this team is a lot closer than a lot of people give them credit for. They have shown that by winning 3 overtime games so far this year. Let me explain ... I have coached high school athletics since I got out of high school. I study other coaches from all sports trying to get an edge. One thing I learned from Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher is the phrase, "Effort and Execution". Every coach wants a team’s 100% effort and full execution throughout the game. But through my experience coaching, crunch time is the hardest to keep the team’s focus and keep on track to finish out a game. This young Blazers team has now been victorious i...
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