Moreover, that teeth-gnashing mental burden is no worse than the enervating physical grind. Says Carnesecca, "Think about it this way—coaching one NBA season equals about three or four college seasons."
"We must have 20,000 meetings a year," says Daly, the acknowledged master of getting a lot out of his players while getting along with them. "On a game day we might have a prepractice meeting, a meeting during practice, a postpractice meeting, a pre-game meeting, a halftime meeting and a postgame meeting. During a game we have seven timeouts and two 20-second timeouts, and they're all meetings. All those times, as a coach, you are making demands—some of them subtle, some of them not so subtle. I tell you, in any other business you'd have people revolting against the boss. It's just not natural to be together that much."
The final word belongs to Pitino: "I came back to college because I really enjoy the life outside of the lines with the college player. But for actually coaching the game, for learning every aspect of basketball, there is nothing like the NBA. To coach at that level was a truly humbling experience."