We seem to be the only bball blog/board not talking about "royal jelly" yet. From a very interesting David Thorpe interview by Henry Abbott last week about player development, how an organization can take players and give them the stuff to be successful.
This also formed the basis of today's interesting truehoop post about Popovich, and how he is pretty unique in how far he'll go in giving his players a defined role and opportunities to succeed.
My perspective -- we are not outstanding at player development and giving young players the opportunity to be successful. Nate's style seems to undermine player confidence rather than organize and rationalize player confidence. I don't always feel our players always know what they need to do in order to get playing time, and players who are given playing time seem to be looking over their shoulders for the hook too much.