Commentary

Rookie Watch: The good and the bad

Originally Published: December 29, 2010
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Getty ImagesLandry Fields and DeMarcus Cousins have both been good in their first season, but nobody is perfect.

From parents to teachers to coaches, it is common to use a simple formula when teaching or criticizing a student/child. "Something good, something bad" is an age-old technique that works, and I've use that exact method most of the time when I'm with NBA players. Using that formula shows the player that their coach is not just looking out for their mistakes, thus, they appear to be more measured in their criticism and therefore, more trusted. Over time, once trust is established, a coach can skip the "something good" component if there is a particular problem to address, but by that point he probably often has already skipped plenty of "something bad" when praising a young player. As we close 2010, let's take a look at what many rookies can take from their first two months of their pro careers, and see what they have to clean up moving forward.


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