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Week of 5/16/23 Circle-Up Reflection Questions

1 - Jake Oettinger | The Best Response Goalie

2 - Jayson Tatum | Finding Ways to Dominate the Game Outside of Scoring

3 - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson | Be Who You Are

4 - Jayson Tatum | Relax and Have Fun

5 - Demar Derozan | Put in the Work

Jake Oettinger | The Best Response Goalie

Jake Oettinger is the goalie for the Dallas Stars. His great game 7 against the Seattle Kraken helped the Stars move on to the Western Conference Finals, but what was impressive to me was Jake’s ability to bounce back and respond quickly from a rough night.

Less than halfway into Dallas’ 6-3 defeat during game 6, Stars coach Pete DeBoer pulled Jake and replaced him with backup goalie Scott Wedgewood. Jake saved 14 of Seattle’s 18 shot attempts in just under 25 minutes, but this wasn’t the only game he struggled in during the series. Jake also struggled in the Stars’ Game 3 loss, surrendering five goals on 17 shot attempts before being pulled for the start of the third period. The Kraken beat the Stars 7-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. Dallas outscored Seattle 11-5 over the next two games.

After their game 7 win, Coach DeBoer was asked about his goalie’s resilience.

Coach DeBoer said his goalie is the best response goalie that he has had the opportunity to coach. Coach DeBoer said when either he or the team has an off night, he is locked, loaded, and ready to go the next night. He said that is the backbone of what they are all about.


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - How would you respond after getting pulled halfway through game 6?

3 - Who is the best response person you know?

4 - How do they respond so well? What is something you can learn from them so you can respond better?

Jayson Tatum | Finding Ways to Dominate the Game Outside of Scoring

Before game 7, Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said he told their superstar, Jayson Tatum, “Don’t even focus on the scoring aspect; you don’t want to get pigeon-holed as a scorer - you are more than that.”

A reporter after the game said, “You don’t really pout when you don’t get calls anymore, and your game has become so much more well-rounded. How does your continuing to find an impact throughout the game allow you to get through those slumps so you can eventually take over the game?”

Jayson said:

“I’ve always been looked at as a scorer, but to be the best player, what can I do every night, on both ends of the floor besides scoring, to impact the game and dominate? Dominating is not only about scoring. I try to rebound, compete on defense, get blocks, and assists. Those things excite my teammates more than hitting shots. Me diving on the floor and coming over from the weakside to get a block sometimes gives us more energy than hitting a step back three.”


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What are ways, other than scoring, can you dominate the game and impact winning?

3 - What are ways, other than scoring, can you excite and motivate your teammates?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson | Be Who You Are

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the world’s biggest movie stars today, but he was once the world’s biggest wrestler. On The Pivot podcast, he was asked, “What was the biggest pivot you have had to make?”

At around the 53-minute mark of the interview, He said when he got out of wrestling and transitioned into Hollywood, he wanted to be good and not be placed into the action-hero box. He was then told he had to stop talking about wrestling, he was too big, and he needed to stay out of the gym, go on a diet, and lose weight.

He said he bought into it for a few years before saying, “I can’t do this anymore, and I have to be me.”

He then said, “One of the most important things we can be in our lives is ourselves. It's so easy to say, but it can be hard.”

You can watch the entire interview here:


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - What is your North Star? What is one of your biggest goals? 3 - Do you have to change who you are to become what you want to become?

4 - What is the hardest part about being yourself in today’s world? 5 - How do you overcome those barriers and stay true to who you are?

(I do not own the rights to this video. It belongs to The Pivot podcast, and I am just using it for educational purposes. You can find the full video here: )

Jayson Tatum | Relax and Have Fun

Jayson Tatum bounced back from one of the worst games of his career to have a 51-point, game 7 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. In an interview, He was asked, “What did you listen to, what did you ignore over the last 48 hours, and what has it been like trying to prepare for a moment like this?”

Jayson said:

“Going into Game 6, I was too locked-in and too tight, and too in my own head thinking about what “I” needed to do, or the things “I” gotta do, and how many points “I” need to score. Today, I was more myself. I was more relaxed, laughing, and joking. That is when I play my best - when I’m having fun. When you go out there and relaxed and have fun, the game opens up. Try not to think about the pressure, and focus on the game and having fun.”


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - When are you at your best? When you are all the way locked in a focused, or when you are relaxed and having fun? 3 - How do you manage, or ignore, the outside voices that you don’t need to listen to?

Demar Derozan | Put in the Work

In an interview with Paul George on the Podcast P podcast, NBA All-Star Demar Derozan talks about the lack of work ethic from a lot of NBA players. At the 52-minute mark, He said:

“I tell young guys who come into the league, we work 2-3 hours a day. You should always be on time. You have access to the gym to be able to be able to work on your game and do whatever it is you need to do, and some guys don’t do it. Some guys show up at the gym 10 minutes before practice and think whatever we do then - their day is done - and will sit on a video game more than they work on their own game. Then they be mad when they aren’t playing, they have every excuse, they blame their coaches and they aren’t even putting in their full effort to getting everything they want out of being a good basketball player.”


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Do you show up 10 minutes early for practice and think that is enough?

3 - Do you spend more time playing video games or anything else than you spend time working on your game?

4 - When things don’t go right, who do you blame? Do you make excuses? Or do you just keep working, or work harder?

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