Players can work out, lift weights and hone their basketball skills between tweets this summer.
Stan Van Gundy is trying to get better by exercising his mind and understanding what makes people tick.
Van Gundy has seen two psychologists --- and he's only coached Gilbert Arenas for about half a season.
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I posted that line on Twitter, so Gilbert knows I must be joking.
Stan called his visits with Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University and Dr. Anders Ericsson of Florida State "very inspiring."
Dweck, author of "Mindset: The Psychology of Success," looks to motivate people who grow static with a fixed amount of talent and/or intelligence they believe to be innate.
Along those lines, Ericsson has concluded that expert performers are made, not born, after working with musicians, chess masters and athletes.
"I think we know our basketball stuff. The X's and O's, we're solid. For me, this is another area to explore. It's not always about innate ability. It shows you what's attainable."
Van Gundy. 51, even looks professorial now, although wearing glasses fulltime is more a concession to age. "Makes me seem intelligent," he laughs.
Maybe when your salary-capped team doesn't have many ways to dramatically improve, you have to look within, starting with the space between their ears. It's free, too.
Of course, if there's anybody the Magic need to get more out of --- somehow, some way--- it's Arenas. Unless an amnesty clause wipes his contract off the books, the franchise is married to him for three more seasons at about $20 million per. They're stuck with each other.
GM Otis Smith said after the season that Gil and Stan --- at odds over Arenas' role last season --- needed to work on their "relationship."
Dwight Howard made noise recently when he said Van Gundy didn't always use Arenas correctly, even though Arenas struggled mightily.
Van Gundy said he and Arenas have had a meeting of the minds and cleared the air.
"He talked about what upset him," Van Gundy said. "Gilbert was not as frustrated with his playing time as he was (during the season). It's different once you're out of the heat of battle. He's an intelligent guy. He had a frustration that we didn't play to his strengths.
"I think he had a valid point."
Van Gundy said he knows it was "very, very tough" for Arenas to go from starter to bench player and from a primary scorer to complementary piece.
Still, Van Gundy said Jameer Nelson will go into the season as the starting point guard. He added he's "unsure of what Gilbert's role is" --- behind Nelson or at the two-guard spot --- if he doesn't return "considerably lighter," focused and his knee at full strength.
As for Howard siding with Arenas --- creating a possibility of a divided team ---- Van Gundy shrugged.
"That's fine. I think 90 percent of what Dwight said was positive," Van Gundy said. "But I think the subject of playing time…everybody in the lockeroom sees it differently."
To his credit, Arenas has been seen more at the Amway Center training facility than the building's janitors. But he'll be on his own for months if the players are locked out.
Van Gundy said he believes that Arenas will come back with a "different approach."
Good. The Magic need to set their minds on something bigger.
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