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View Full Document Toughness Book Report I once read a book entitled Toughness by Jay Bilas, a former Division one collegiate basketball athlete. Bilas played on Duke during his career, which is easily one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country. Coached by Mike Krzyzewski, he was able to learn a number of things from on the court as well as off the court. What coach K truly taught Jay to do was to be mentally tough. Being physically tough is one thing, but to do me mentally strong is something entirely different. Jay went on to say how someone may boast their chest after a big play, talk smack after a hard foul, or act physically aggressive in a certain way. To Jay, that does not exhibit true toughness. What he defines as being tough is doing the little things that not everyone wants to do. Boxing out an opponent for a loose rebound, setting a hard screen, going over a hard screen, putting forth 110% effort,
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Unformatted text preview: wanting to go to practice, bringing your team’s morale up, outhustling the one you are going up against. These are the types of traits in which a player is truly tough I used this book to reconsider the attitude I had when I played basketball back in high school. I never wanted to go to practice, get in the weight room and lift, or work on minor nuisances in my game to improve and become a better player. The only thing I was concerned about was when practice was over and when the next game was. My focus was not on the task at hand. I wish I was able to read this book back in my playing days, it would have helped me very much to be a smarter, tougher player. The great thing about this book though, is the fact that you can apply toughness off the court as well....
This essay was uploaded on 08/12/2014 for the course ENG 155 taught by Professor Mr.sashard during the Fall '11 term at SUNY Plattsburgh.