As a manager, a part of my job is to monitor the ongoing performance of my employees. I have learned or developed a number of methods to asses base-line aptitude in numerous departments in order to find the right person for the job. That, of course, is only the first step. The employee's performance is also measured in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. Additional training is then presented to strengthen the weaker areas, but equal time is spent expanding on their strengths. That last step is a bit counter-intuitive. Most people think you should spend time working on your weak spots, and this is true...to a point. In my experience, people are motivated to do something they are good at and can see the results of their hard effort in a positive way. It's a self-perpetuating loop of success, and creates positive, self-motivated employees that know they are appreciated for what they do well. As a manager, it's my job to play to their strengths and put them in a position to succeed.
Since the resources I'm given to build my team are limited to whatever down-time pops up, my mind boggles at the ability the Blazers have with their resource base. Since the players are the main revenue drivers of the business, developing their value seems like it should be a high priority. But is that the case?
I freely admit to ignorance on the limitations, if any, that the team is under when it comes to training requirements, whether compulsory or voluntary, in the off-season. I hear repeatedly about players going to facilities like Attack Athletics or some "Big-Man" camp in order to develop their game. My question is: Why? Why don't the Blazers have those types of programs for their players?
I could totally geek-out here and describe my vision of a Basketball Boot Camp (12-weeks) designed to build a player mentally, physically, and emotionally, but that would turn into a truly long post (more likely a series of long posts). Suffice it to say, what we hear and see of these players in the off-season seems a pale shadow of what SHOULD be for players that wish to be elite. If the team or a player is relying on training camp to turn potential into on-court reality, then something is seriously wrong.
How do the Blazers develop their players?