D.West Gives His All To GRBC

RALEIGH, N.C. — David West keeps emphasizing with the same word: “Finish.”

By H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY

David West of the New Orleans Hornets huddles his AAU team, the Garner Road Bulldogs, at his gym in Raleigh, N.C.

He interrupts his thoughts and sentences with it, and with each missed layup during practice, his cadence gets stronger.

Still, coach West — a power forward who has spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Hornets— never actually yells at the kids in his Garner Road BulldogsAAU program.