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Tara VanDerveer: Success a result of hard work

When Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said her team wasn't always "basketball smart," it wasn't intended as an insult to her players. Instead, she actually was making the point that her team's efficiency and discipline are the result of a lot of hard work instead of natural gifts.

Updated: March 21, 2011, 5:25 PM ET
By Michelle Smith

Leave it to Tara VanDerveer to break down the idea of basketball intelligence the same way she scouts an opponent or watches film of her own team -- with meticulous attention to the details.

Yes, her players get A's in class. No, they aren't always "basketball smart."

Yes, her players scored high on the SAT. No, they don't always know what play is being run.

Yes, her players generally have taken their share of Advanced Placement courses. But no, they ...

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