Ex-NBA All-Star shows no mercy as head coach

danny-manning-fingeringSince becoming the head coach of Wake Forest, former NBA player Danny Manning doesn’t seem to give his players any break, as far as training goes.

When his players couldn’t do a defensive drill the right way, Manning made them do it until they got it right. It took about an hour to figure it out, USA Today reported.

The message was clear: Manning knows that all the little things have to be taken care of, in order to achieve something big.

He said that “there’s no pity parties, there’s no feeling sorry for yourself” from Wake Forest’s Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and that “this is what we need to do to get better.”

It didn’t take much to win over a once-fractured fan base, and all those returning players on the roster also quickly bought in.

The hiring of Manning also immediately galvanized a splintered fan base that had factions publicly calling for former coach Jeff Bzdelik’s ouster.

“They’re still learning as well. They pick it up a little bit quicker than the guys that haven’t been in the rigors of college basketball,” Manning said. “But for the most part, it’s new to everybody, and now we’re at a point where the older guys, the junior class, can start talking to the younger kids about technique and detail and things of that nature because now they have a better grasp.”

Manning went to high school in nearby Greensboro, led Kansas to the 1988 NCAA tournament championship, became the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft and played in the league for 15 years.

Manning was selected to the All-Star team, in 92-93, and 93-94 seasons. During his first 5,5 years with the Los Angeles Clippers, Manning never averaged below 15.9 ppg per game in a season.

In 92-93 he was averaging a career-best 22.8 ppg. During his career, Manning played in 883 games (398 started), averaging 14 ppg, 5.2 rpg, in 27.4 mpg, and shooting 51 percent from the field.


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