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    Weve all been there: Your favorite team encounters tough times and your focus turns from the misfortunes of the big club to that group of cant miss prospects down on the farm. Air Max 97 Scontate .For me, when I was young, it was the early 1970s Philadelphia Phillies. In 1971, they finished last in the NL East, 4? games behind a third-year expansion team from Montreal that had lost 110 games its first season. Instead of focusing on the travails of Joe Lis and Bobby Pfeil, I read the newspaper references to youngsters such as Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Mike Anderson and dreamed of better days to come.Trouble is, those guys dont always pan out (see also, Mike Anderson). Even among those who go on to have successful major league careers, the payoff at the major league level isnt always immediate. Hall of Famer Schmidt had a cup of coffee in the bigs in 72, and then batted .196 in his first full year as a regular in 1973 before lifting off from there.Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of young prospects who have not paid immediate dividends. These range from high-end prospects such as Byron Buxton, Joey Gallo and Orlando Arcia, to accomplished Cuban veteran Yulieski Gurriel, to under-the-radar breakthrough Mallex Smith. Ultimately, their ability to handle adversity and make the necessary adjustments under the glare of MLB-level pressure will determine their respective places in the game.But what do the numbers tell us? Looking at some granular ball-in-play data for these players, lets compare some of those markers to some current upper-end major leaguers who struggled at first before rising to their current station in the game. Air Max 97 Kpu .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. Nike Air Max 2017.8 . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? Green had bounced around the NBA when he wasnt playing overseas. The Pacers gave up on Plumlee after just one season. Now Green and Plumlee are key cogs in the Suns surprising breakout season. SEC Network analyst Dane Bradshaw, a former Tennessee basketball player, shares a few of his most memorable experiences regarding the one and only Coach Summitt.Never CompromiseIn 2011 I was considering going into college basketball coaching and as I was weighing the pros and cons, I thought, Well, the most valuable cell phone number I have is Coach Summitt, who can offer the best advice I could ever receive. I left Coach a message and in less than 24 hours she called me back even though Im not on the same planet in terms of important people within her contacts, yet she was still willing to help.I shared with Coach my biggest concern was if college coaching was a nice guys finish last business and could you still have success without breaking the rules. As I tried to go into a much too long-winded further explanation of my concern, Coach Summitt cut me off and simply said, Dane, never compromise. Its that simple, you never compromise your morals no matter what you do. Pat never compromised and became the winningest coach in history, so that was enough to answer my concern.While I never went into coaching, those two words have always stuck with me: Never Compromise.Heres where her advice to me gets even more impressive - at the beginning of our phone call Coach apologized for not getting back to me sooner as she was at the Mayo Clinic, which she didnt elaborate on and just said preventive tests were being done. I didnt think any more of it. Years later as I was reading her most recent book, Sum It Up, her trip to the Mayo Clinic was obviously far more than what I realized at the time. Her trip there would confirm that she had early onset dementia, Alzheimers type. During one of the most serious and stressful weeks of her life, Coach Summitt took the time to give me advice. Even during the worst of times, Pat was willing to help others even if that person had nothing to offer in return. Ill never forget that.Coaching the MenWhile stability for the Lady Vols basketball team was never in question, the mens side has had its share of turnover throughout the years and my four-year career (2003-2007) was no exception. After my sophomore season, we had a coaching change and rumors circled that Coach Summitt may switch over to coachh the mens side. Nike Tn Grigie. Obviously she never did nor did she consider it but her answer when asked about this was extraordinary and brilliant. Coach Summitt said that if she were to switch over to the mens game it would be perceived as an upgrade and she didnt feel like any mens coaching job was better than her current job. After all she had done for womens athletics, she would never risk taking anything away from that. This will always be one of the greatest and most genuine responses Ive ever heard.Expectation with a HugI saw current Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick recently tweet out, There is no greater love than an expectation and a hug! Thats what Pat held me to. This reminded me of a humorous example while I was playing at the University of Tennessee. Pats son, Tyler, was a junior high basketball player. Coach came up to me after a practice and said, Dane, I want you to know that youre my son Tylers favorite player. I started to swell with pride thinking I was now in the utmost standing with her. Then she said, Now, I dont have a problem with that but if youre going to be his favorite player you better pull those dadgum basketball shorts up and tie em tight when youre playing because Im not going to watch Tyler imitate that! You got me?! Needless to say, I never had a problem with my shorts again.There simply will never be another leader and coach more loved by her own fan base yet respected by opposing teams, and admired by the general public than Coach Summitt. While I didnt have the privilege of playing directly under her while at the University of Tennessee, that doesnt mean I didnt learn a tremendous amount as she still was willing to offer life-lasting advice to me that Ill carry with me forever and pass down to my own children. To even try to think of how many coaches, players, teammates, fans, friends and family have taken what Coach Summitt taught them and have passed on to others is overwhelming. Her influence on sports and life in general while she was with us is astounding and that impact will continue on forever. Thank you, we love you, and God bless you, Coach Summitt. 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      April 24, 2018 1:30 AM MDT