From "Denton: A Calmer Stan in the Works" (NBA.COM):
Stan Van Gundy’s relentless pursuit of self-improvement led him this past offseason to engage in conversation and undergo skull sessions with noted psychologists in Florida and California. And the person who emerged is a somewhat kinder, gentler and more patient coach of the Orlando Magic.
Well, at least until the games begin.
Maybe it’s a Christmas miracle of sorts.
Van Gundy ... sought the opinion of Anders Eriksson, a Florida State professor who studies behavior patterns of elite performers in several fields. And he also dined and philosophized with Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, author of the book ``Mindset.’’
Van Gundy asked what qualified as too much criticism, and Dweck said the amount of criticism didn’t matter nearly as much as the subject matters that the coach chose to be critical about at times. ...
I believe that Dweck could develop a couple of new consulting niches: Attorneys with mentoring responsibilities, as well as instructors in law school clinics. Maybe even a law prof or two teaching first-year classes, too. Maybe not . . .
Kingsfield: Mister Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer.
Hart: You... are a SON OF A BITCH, Kingsfield.
Kingsfield: Mr. Hart! That is the most intelligent thing you've said all day. You may take your seat.
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