I think it is, too. Yeah, they're professional, yeah, they should already be motivated, but sometimes you still have to state the obvious.
My best player than said, in all sincerity, "You didn't tell us to hustle!"
True. It actually hadn't occurred to me. But instead of saying, "I shouldn't have to," I accepted the criticism and said, "Well, I need you to, okay? Do you guys promise to hustle?"
They did, and they did. I know there's an age difference and a pro-vs.-amateur difference, but pro basketball players these days are basically just big kids. They've been spoiled and handled since their early teens. So yes, Jerry, the sad reality is that it is your job. Please do it. (But first, get rid of Boozer.)