Toughness wins titles

And--more than talent--is available at the trade deadline

BY DAVID THORPE

It’s the time of year when good teams want to become great by adding talent. They’d be better off adding toughness.

Seldom is title-altering talent available at midseason. What does tend to be available, however, is grit. And you only have to watch the NBA playoffs to know how valuable that is.

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