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Continued: C.J.: Pam Borton saw circle of friends shrink after her firing

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 4, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Q: You are very fit. Can you explain the out-of-shape coach to me? I’ll give passes for medical conditions, but if you are the coach and at a workout facility most days of the week, why aren’t you holding meetings while you’re on the treadmill or circuit training?

A: I think coaches have a responsibility to stay in shape. That’s being a good mentor, role model. Being able to demonstrate on the court on what you want your athletes to do. You have to be active, be able to put in more hours. The whole energy level. Your passion for what you are doing. That’s all about staying in shape and being a healthy person.


Q: What’s the most unhealthy item you eat?

A: I eat junk food. I do a really good job of working out every day, but I eat chocolate, I’ll eat chips, fried chicken. I like it all. Anything in moderation. You can’t have it every day.


Q: What do you do as a coach to get a player’s attention when they are not engaged?

A: A lot of different methods. Completely stop and be silent. [She treated me to three seconds of uncomfortable silence.] Stare at the person like that. [She demonstrated.] I would be like, “Right, C.J., don’t you agree with me?” Use their name. Calling them out in front of their teammates.


Q: Name your WNBA roster, players you are certain you could coach to a title.

A: The WNBA roster that would guarantee a world championship would be Lindsay Whalen as my point guard, [Elena] Delle Donne as one of my forwards. Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus. I’m going to have to take Rebekkah Brunson — she is such a great role player, great rebounder. She has really accepted her role to do the dirty work. You need a kid like that on your team. I feel like I’m forgetting somebody. My sixth player is Janel McCarville. She’s one of mine. I know what she’s made of, I know what she’s all about and I have to have her on my team.


Q: When you hear your name on the radio, do you switch stations?

A: I do not listen to sports talk radio. It’s just, ah … I don’t even want to say what it is. I’ve got to listen to music, things that get to your soul and lift you up, not bring you down.


Q: Are you related to the Borton Volvo dealership family?

A: [Laughter] I have been asked that so many times. I wish. I have a great relationship with them. I had a courtesy car with them for many, many years and I do own a couple of their cars.


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