I remember hearing a story regarding Duke’s 2000-2001 season. (They won the national championship that year.) Players would typically gather and warm up for practice. Then the coaching staff would come out and address the players.
First practice of the year, Coach K went to address the team, and was cut off by his senior captain, Shane Battier, “Coach, I got this.” Battier took that talk, and from then on handled all the non-basketball stuff with the team, so the coaching staff could focus solely on teaching basketball.
Behind the scenes, I’ve heard Coach K call Shane Battier his greatest captain.
With Livers, I see an athlete who’s got a bit of a shot, and just needs to tighten it up. A player who has a bit of a game closer to the basket, and just needs to tighten it up. A player that’s willing to play defense, and just needs to learn the system.
More than anything, I’m excited about Livers being the kind of player that can bring the intangibles and leadership a team needs to succeed. The kind that would be likely to say, “Coach, I got this”, and have the staff believe he does.
Because we’ve all seen the results when Coach B and his staff are free to simply coach up a willing team! That’s what excites me about Isaiah Livers on this team!