I'm not hating on anyone in particular .. though it will certainly sound like it..
Every time I hear something about a player that has to do with effort, taking bad shots, etc.. I immediately think .. coaching.
Motivation is one the of the jobs of the staff, no question. Those of you that think the paycheck should be enough, you're right .. but it doesn't work that way. Everyone they're playing against gets a check too..
Motivation is about having a clear vision (for the season, the defense, the offense, etc), having the players see that vision being pursued, consistently, and having them all buy-in to the team accomplishing that goal. Do it or die in the attempt. Selfless.
It can and does work, but the staff has to be willing to stick to it, take the time to constantly remind the players, motivate them (both positively and the bench). The goal becomes the coach. Meaning, if I sit you, it's not personal, it's that you just acted/behaved contrary to the team goal.
We should be somewhat impatient with the result and incredible impatient with the effort. Did you hustle, work your ass off, find a good shot and miss? That's great!
Did you jack up an ill-advised shot early in the shot clock? That's bad (regardless of the outcome).
Staff has to hold every player accountable to practice, work, and play toward the TEAM goal. That is a KEY part of their job.
I'm not seeing it, at all.
i agree with PKM--- FIRE TyCo!