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10/16/2020

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O

I think Norman was a very good coach, who coaches Stan to three slams.

Gary  Lee  Moser

Does coach "X" ever REALLY propel player "Y" to however-many Slams?
[ Or did "Y" win that many Slams no matter who would've been their coach at the time? ]

Can't help remembering something I read in my formative years about Hector "Toe" Blake,
who "coached" the Montreal Canadiens to 8 Stanley Cup wins in a 13-year span ---
a less-than-reverent Sports Illustrated writer implied that there was such talent on those teams
that a fashion-model on a Bermudian beach could've achieved pretty much the same results. Ha!

O

Big talents wasted years and years not winning titles, but the right coaches would enable them.

Lendl for M?
Becker for D?
Norman for S?
Phil for S-K?

Gary  Lee  Moser

What we know for sure is that Novak had already won 6 Slams by YE 2013 when Becker came on board;
whereas Murray and Wawrinka each had ZERO before being joined by Lendl & Norman, respectively.

[ As for "Phil for S-K?"......WHO for WHO? ]

O

Shack and Kobe?

Gary  Lee  Moser

Oh.

Seeing as how you made an unannounced wholesale shift from individual-sport to team-sport ---
the latter allowing for the improvement of the SUPPORTING CAST as distinct from just the coaching ---
I see this as a distant (VERY) 4th in your examples...and hence one I wouldn't have guessed in a week's time.

Gary  Lee  Moser

Even before his career was over, Sugar Ray Robinson was
almost universally regarded as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time.

And his manager, George Gainsford, did not hesitate to take inordinate credit for it.

Finally, some enterprising [ wise-acre? ] sports reporter hit him with:
"George, you've managed DOZENS of fighters. How come they didn't ALL turn out like Sugar Ray?"

History does not record a reply from Mr. Gainsford.

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