Donovan Wants his Gators to get Greedy

One of my favorite movie lines ever came from Michael Douglas, playing the part of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street". Douglas/Gecko explained his business philosophy in essence when he stated, "Greed, for lack of a better word is good. Greed is right. Greed works." Right now Donovan wants his players to embrace that attitude, though he didn't use those words.

Donovan has seen his team struggle all season long to end the school's two year NCAA Tournament drought, but now he wants those guys whose unselfishness got them here to want even more.

"That's what this whole thing is about right now. Are we happy? Are we complacent? Do we feel like we reached our goal? Or, do we have more to do. I'll never forget when (Joakim) Noah was a sophomore and we had gone through that stretch there where we hadn't gotten out of the first two rounds in five years. We played in Jacksonville and those guys got out of it (winning twice). Noah made the comment to somebody and I overhead him say, 'it's not about us getting out of the first round; it's about us doing something special right now.' That was a mentality that he had that was probably instilled in him at a young age about what it (competition) was all about."

While no one on this team could dream of matching Noah's personality, there's no reason they cannot all embrace the attitude. Donovan knows there could be a natural inclination to focus on what they've already done.

"There's been so much talk about the last two years and how our team hasn't gotten to the tournament and now we're there. How do we handle it? When I talk about growth and having the greatest opportunity for growth, that's the opportunity for growth that we have right now in front of us. Do we take this opportunity and go out there and try to play the best game of our lives on Thursday at 12:20? Then let the chips fall where they may and focus on the things that we can control. That's going to be the key for us. How do we come in and how do we respond."

Still, while the Florida mentor says it differently, there's no question the one time Wall Street worker is in tune with the concepts espoused by the fictional Mr. Gecko.

"There's been so much talk about not getting in, and now that they did get in they have to want more. That's going to be the challenge. They deserve a lot of credit. The got (to) exactly where they're at and they did an unbelievable job. I'm proud of them and pleased for them and everything else. What an opportunity (they have) now to play Thursday in the Tournament. That to me is a phenomenal opportunity for them."

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Donovan also offered up some thoughts on how satisfying this season has been on the Gator bench.

"It's been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences I've ever gone through. I think of (Dan) Werner, and (Chandler) Parsons and (Alex) Tyus and I'll throw (Vernon) Macklin in there because he's an older guy. What these kids have done and the changes and growth that I've seen it will down for me as one of the special group of guys I've ever coached. I think these kids deserve a lot of credit. (This is) a team that did not have a lot of depth and a team that had no experience in the back court. For them do what they did I'm just very proud and more so happy for them."


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