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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pound The Rock

As a coach, you always try to find that specific motto or quote that tries to get your team going. This is especially true when you have had a few years as the bottom cellar team. The Toronto Raptors haven't had very successful seasons, and with the loss of Chris Bosh last year, finishing 22-60. Dwayne Casey is now at the helm, and with a shortened season, he feels that this would be a great time to take over with such a young roster. So, to start, he has a 1300 pound boulder sitting right in front of the Raptors' locker room explaining that they need to “pound the rock”. A quote from the Associated Press:

A 1,300-pound boulder sits just inside the front door to the Toronto Raptors’ dressing room, a reminder of the mentality Dwane Casey is trying to instill in his new team.

Heading into what the Raptors coach is calling a “building” season, Casey has introduced a new motto: Pound the Rock.

“I knew we were going to be a work in progress, every time we walked on the floor we were going to have to have something to get us to think about … how we have to get better, we’ve got to work to get better,” Casey said this week. “It’s from a story about a stonecutter. Every time a stonecutter hits a rock it may not break. You may have to hit it 100 times but on that 101st time you hit it, now you crack the rock.”

It may seem crazy, but the Spurs and Greg Popovich have the exact same motto and type of rock sitting in their locker room. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had the same approach when Jon Gruden was head coach in 2002, and ironically enough, it landed them a Super Bowl trophy. If this $500 piece of stone is the tool that sends the Raptors to bigger and better things, this could be a fad that could possibly sweep the entire nation.