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Derek Jeters greatest quality mostly couldnt be seen, only heard. Reggie White Jersey . If you were around him enough, you listened to him say many times that youre either playing -- or youre hurt. His message: If you take the field with an injury, youre 100 percent.Jeter never made excuses, which, because he was the New York Yankees captain and one of the greatest players of all time, made it essentially impossible for anyone on the Yankees 25-man roster to offer alibis. His maniacal obsession with winning, combined with a mostly placid outward demeanor, helped create a calm during so many October playoff storms -- and even one quite memorable one in November -- that helped lead to five Yankees championships.He was a product of the dynastic Yankees -- and they were a product of him. Their success is all really chicken-and-egg stuff. Thats why grading Jeter as an individual player can be looked at through so many different lenses. His exceptionalism was wrapped around his teams success. While many times it ended in October glory, it began in the attitude he brought to spring training, arriving early, setting the attitude for his team. From a reporters perspective, he wasnt the most interesting person to talk to -- politely aloof is how Ive often described him to friends. He was very careful when sharing his thoughts, objecting to questions with any negative connotations. It was all about building a confident, positive attitude, which permeated his championship teams. Jeter, of course, needed talent around him, but his leadership was a vital ingredient.So how do you judge something you cant see? If, like Ernie Banks (No. 46 on our list), Jeter played for hapless Cubs teams that never sniffed a title, would he be remembered as a sort of Craig Biggio-type -- a Hall of Fame player based on his 3,000-plus hits, but not much more?If he were on the Baltimore Orioles teams of Cal Ripken Jr. (No. 47 on our list), would the fact that Jeter hit 23 or more homers just twice, while Ripken averaged 23 per 162 games during his career make it impossible to rank Jeter ahead of the Iron Man?There are arguments for why Jeter is just where he belongs -- at No. 51 -- and arguments for why he should be above Banks and Ripken instead. But what should not be held against him is all his magical moments, as if they happened by chance or luck in the context of his teams successes.Yes, he has had more postseason opportunities -- with the expanded playoffs coinciding with his career -- than anyone in baseball history, but he took full advantage of them. So he has The Flip, the Mr. November home run and the Jeffrey Maier game to help build his legend.And he didnt save his flair all for the postseason. He had the bloody catch against the Red Sox, when he ran full-steam into the stands. His 3,000th hit was a home run, on a 5-for-5 day. His final hit at Yankee Stadium was a walk-off single, a trademark one-hopper through the right side.He could be selfish, at times. He could have stood up for Alex Rodriguez at certain points in their tenure as Yankees teammates, but the captain of the franchise chose personal animosity over siding with a valuable and vulnerable teammate, whom the fans were pummeling.Despite his nearly flawless reputation, Jeter could be outlandish. After finishing an almost $200 million contract, he demanded the same rate, though the quality of his play at the end of his career had diminished to the point where there was no free-agent market for him.But, despite some hiccups, he was all about the team. He didnt care all that much about personal accomplishments; his stated goal was to match Yankees legend Yogi Berra for most World Series rings. Berra won 10; Jeter made it halfway there.Jeters attitude separated him from many of his peers, but he could also play. If you believe he never used performance-enhancing drugs, as most presume, you could make a real argument he deserved to be a lot higher up this list because we know many of his competitors -- yes, and teammates -- were juicing. That makes what Jeter did on the field that much more impressive.Jeter never won a regular-season MVP, a batting or home run title. He did collect 3,465 hits, sixth all time -- one tangible in which he beats both Banks and Ripken.I never covered Banks or Ripken, so I cant say first-hand what type of attitude they brought to the park. I witnessed Jeters often. If you were starting an all-time team, you could pick Banks or Ripken or A-Rod as your starting shortstop. Ultimately, I would probably take their superior tangibles over Jeters intangibles. However, you couldnt go wrong if you had the Yankees No. 2 as your No. 1, either. Dallas Goedert Eagles Jersey . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Ron Jaworski Jersey . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. . Coach Tom Thibodeau says the former MVP will probably start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls.San Antonio coach Dan Hughes has a picture of himself alongside Pat Summitt and Kay Yow. Its an image that, understandably, would mean a great deal to anyone who coaches basketball. But it has an additional meaning for Hughes, who had spent most of his career in mens basketball before joining the WNBA in 1998.The photo reminds him of how welcomed he was by important figures in the womens college and pro games.People like Pat Summitt, Kay Yow, Geno Auriemma, Ann Meyers -- they made me feel really comfortable, said Hughes, who is retiring from his Stars coaching job at seasons end. It opened the door. They accepted me. I really went to work at understanding where the womens game was then, but also learned how it got there.Hughes was a mens assistant at Toledo until 1996, when the Rockets head coach moved into administration. The new coach brought in his own staff, so Hughes took the opportunity to work with the Rockets womens team in 1996-97. Then Hughes father suggested another possibility as well: a pro league that was launching in 1997.He called me and said, Dan, what about this new WNBA? Hughes said. He told me, This is something you should look into.Hughes interviewed for an assistant position with the Charlotte Sting in 1997, but didnt get it. But there was another opening with the Sting in 1998, and he was hired.I was pretty persistent, Hughes said, laughing.Nearly two decades later, Hughes will leave the WNBA knowing that its better off because of his contributions. He has seen the ups and downs, including the dissolution of two franchises that he worked for, in Charlotte and in Cleveland. His time as a general manager also brought home the hard business realities of the sport.Hughes doesnt rule out the possibility of ever coaching again, but says if it happens, it will be at another level. For the foreseeable future, he is focused on being a television analyst for womens and mens college basketball, and looks forward to spending more time with his family. But he will always have a great affection for the WNBA.I got to be in three great franchises and part of a league in its formative years, he said. Im so thankful for that, and Im excited for the WNBA and its future.But I also kind of want to do one more basketball experience. I like the diversity of my career. That it was coaching men and women. That it was high school, college, pro, USA Basketball. I want to see if theres maybe one more different kind of chapter.Hughes hopes we are moving toward an athletic world in which male and female coaches have a reasonable chance at any job based on them beeing the right fit. Andre Dillard Eagles Jersey. That a woman can coach a mens team, a man can coach a womens team, or we can jump back and forth, he said. I love the fact that now you have people like Becky Hammon coaching in the NBA.Hughes, in his role as general manager and coach of the Stars, brought Hammon to San Antonio in 2007 in a trade with New York. Hughes said the deal was agreed to in principle a few months before the 2007 draft day, when it was finalized. He recalls feeling nervous all that time that something might derail it and joyous relief when it was official.Hughes was eager to bring Hammon to San Antonio for two reasons. First, having coached against her, he felt like her competitiveness, leadership and on-court skill immediately would help the Stars.But he also saw how much San Antonio fans were passionately attached to the Spurs standouts like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. He wanted the Stars to also have the kind of player that people in that city would gravitate toward.It was a great blessing to get Becky here, Hughes said. And that trade actually played out even better than I hoped it would.The highlight of Hughes time with the Stars was a 2008 trip to the WNBA Finals, led by Hammon and Sophia Young. San Antonio made the playoffs from 2007 to 2012, but has been to the postseason just once in the past four years. The Stars are last in the league this year.But with San Antonio having young standouts like Moriah Jefferson and Kayla McBride, and a lottery pick in 2017, Hughes has an optimistic outlook on the future. Former WNBA player Ruth Riley is now San Antonios general manager, and Hughes said he enjoyed working with her?this past season.Im glad they split it into two jobs again, said Hughes, who filled both positions for most of the past decade before this summer, save the 2010 season when Sandy Brondello was head coach and Hughes the GM.I just feel like with two people, you can get more done and cover more ground. I realized in talking with Ruth how much I had missed having someone else to work with in that regard.Now Hughes will move on, but the WNBA will always be a part of him.I came into this league, and I learned a lot, Hughes said. Not just about being a coach but being a better man. It taught me how important it is that women get the chance to grow and have the opportunities to be all that they want to be. I love the landscape that I see now better than I did 20 years ago. I want it to keep growing. ' ' '
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