Banning players from wearing blue & orange? Isn’t that what Isiah Thomas has been trying with Stephon Marbury all season? From the AP’s, there are some curious motivational tactics being employed in Gainsville, FL.
Coach Billy Donovan (above), feeling like his players had settled into a state of complacency and entitlement, banned them from Florida™s $12 million facility. He also told them they couldn™t wear any Florida attire.
œProbably in some respects the confetti is still falling down around them, Donovan said Monday. œWhen you have great success like we™ve had, I think it™s very, very easy to become complacent and to lose sight of how good things are around here and to have an attitude of, ™I™m at Florida. This is just what™s going to happen.™
The Gators also found themselves fighting to get back into their state-of-the-art facility, which houses the team locker room, the practice court, the video room, the weight room, both national championship trophies and pieces of both floors on which Florida won it all.
Players spent the last four days shuffling between the O™Connell Center practice floor and the antiquated Florida Gym.
œHe just wants to teach us a lesson that it takes time to earn stuff, freshman guard Nick Calathes said. œHe™s really going to make us earn it. I like that. I don™t see that as a problem at all. I think it will help us in the long run.
œOne of the things that creates a tremendous level of complacency in anybody is after something very, very big happens, said Donovan, œIt™s very easy to have a letdown. It™s not these guys™ fault. They walked into this. They walked into what happened.
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œThey got a facility that the administration has invested a lot in. It™s one of the best in the country. They™ve got a massage therapist to make sure they™re OK after games. They™ve got a private plane that they take to games. The meals that they eat. All those things, these guys came here and went right to the penthouse.”