This story made me laugh out loud.
What kind of praise will Sloan come up with to "balance" his criticism?
Future exchange at training camp in Boise:
Sloan: "Quit dragging your feet!"
AK: "I feel unmotivated! Praise me!"
Sloan: "AK-47" is the coolest nickname ever! And you look like that boxer from Rocky IV!"
AK: "That doesn't provide sufficient "balance"! Your criticism still outweighs your praise!"
Sloan: "If there were a world championship for "monkey in the middle" you would win every year!"
AK: "Thanks! I will now perform at peak efficiency!"
Please post suggestions for future praise. I'll forward them to Sloan. He'll carry them on a laminated card like an NFL coach with a play sheet.