How does one define toughness in basketball? 

January, 8, 2009
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You have doubtless heard, countless times, about a coach preaching "toughness" to his team. A team or player needs to be tougher, or their toughness is being questioned.

Are coaches talking about Chuck Norris toughness? Do they mean Jack Youngblood playing on a broken leg in the NFL playoffs? Are they referring to Ronnie Lott having his finger amputated so he could play a football game? Or is it Randall "Tex" Cobb taking a bloody beating in the ring but never going down to the canvas?