Alabama coach Nick Saban discussed the challenges of defending the national title and used an NBA star and an entirely different sport as metaphors for conquering complacency.
First, Saban mentioned Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry as a model athlete during an interview with FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman. Curry and his Warriors won the NBA title last year, but the point guard has been even better statistically this season and the Warriors will attempt to break the NBA record for regular season wins Wednesday night.
“Steph Curry is special in terms of the kind of competitor he is,” Saban told Feldman. “We’re always trying to build that kind of attitude in our players internally so that we don’t have those issues.”
Saban also compared this title defense to the game of golf in that the Crimson Tide must move on from its latest accomplishment and focus on the task at hand.
“Golf is a great example to me,” Saban said. “Golf is a metaphor of life. I mean, every shot. You have this beautiful hole, this beautiful opportunity to get a good score. You hit a beautiful drive. Well, I don’t know how many times I’ve been 114 yards from the hole and made double bogey.
“Well, I hit a great drive, but it doesn’t matter. It’s only the next shot that matters. You could hit that in the water, which means now you have to overcome adversity.”
Just like in life, sometimes the outcome is out of your hands on the golf course. But that isn’t an excuse to succumb to adversity.
“But that’s how life is,” Saban explained. “Sometimes you don’t control it. You don’t control the negative things that happen. But you still have to overcome them. You still have to manage it. You still have to react the right way. It’s not the problem. It’s how you respond to the problem that is the key to the drill.”