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3/25 – Sweet 16 head coaches and their Brain Types

We’re down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament finals, and nearly half of the head coaches left are non-#13 FCIRs. Quite amazing, considering how prevalent they are throughout the entire league. Here is the complete list for our BTInsiders.

John Calipari (Kentucky) – #15 FCIL
Sean Miller
(Arizona) – #13 FCIR
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) – #13 FCIR
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) – #8 BEIL
Mark Few (Gonzaga) – #13 FCIR
Lon Kruger (Oklahoma) – #15 FCIL
Steve Alford (UCLA) – #6 BEIR
Tom Izzo (Michigan State) – #13 FCIR
Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) – #13 FCIR
Larry Krystkowiak (Utah) – #13 FCIR
Roy Williams (North Carolina) – #8 BEIL
Mike Brey (Notre Dame) – #13 FCIR
Mark Gottfried (NC State) – #15 FCIL
Rick Pitino (Louisville) – #15 FCIL
Bob Huggins (West Virginia) – #13 FCIR
Chris Mack (Xavier) – #13 FCIR

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3/23 – Steve Nash says goodbye to basketball

A few weeks ago we highlighted pro golfing legend Greg Norman, the fiery #5 FEIR who continues to “attack life” at age 60, stating, I’ve always lived to seize the moment, to squeeze every drop of expectation out of myself for whatever that moment gives you.”  Now, at age 41, another rare #5 FEIR is making headlines as he says goodbye to the game of basketball. He never played the game for status, or to be remembered as a legend, but says he simply “always played the game for the moment, for the opportunity, the challenge.”

Knowing his design, he’s telling the unvarnished truth.

Steve Nash only played 15 games in the 2013-2014 season on the Los Angeles Lakers due to agonizing nerve damage in his back that caused his hamstring to feel perpetually pulled. While the thought of retiring has always been difficult for him, the never-say-die #5 finally knew it was time to say goodbye. “I was so unprepared to kinda wave the white flag. It even pisses me off to say that right now. It makes me want to go try again.”

Steve Nash will long be remembered as one of the most unlikely players to have played the game, not because of any championship rings (of which he has none) or ability to dominate the floor, but simply because of how he overcame the odds. On the outside, Nash appeared to just be a 6’3″ scrapper from Santa Clara with not much upside, but Jon Niednagel saw the inside, knowing his inborn Brain Type and telling Suns management Nash not only had the top inborn design for an NFL QB, but that he could be an excellent NBA backcourt player. Way back in the mid-1990s, few #5s could be used as illustrations for Nashsfuture success, so Niednagel mentioned former Lakers Gail Goodrich as a somewhat similar #5 BT. As a newcomer consultant, Suns management thought Niednagel was speaking Greek, or worse, but coach Danny Ainge did not, and if anyone could relate to Nashs dsign, it was Ainge, another rare NBA FEIR. Draft Nash they did in 1996 as the 15th overall pick, and for the next 2 years Nash was able to make a name for himself despite being stuck behind All-Stars Jason Kidd (#6 BEIR) and Kevin Johnson (#2 BEAR) as a third-string guard. The Mavericks picked him up next, and after several years he went back to the Suns (winning 2 MVP awards), and then finished his career in Los Angeles.

If only Steve had chosen golf, where he could continue to play well into his 60s. I subscribe to the idea that an athlete dies twice,” says Nash. “It’s hard. You’re going to miss it forever. You have to take some time and grieve your former self.

I’m still just the kid from Canada with one scholarship offer.

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3/19 – “Shaquille wasn’t talented, just strong,” says Vlade Divac

 I’ve been in basketball a long, long time and I have to say Cousins is the most talented big guy I have ever seen. Shaq wasn’t talented, he was just strong. I was talented, but I wasn’t strong.

Well, that’s quite the statement to make regarding an MVP award winning All-Star, who also was a 3-time Finals MVP award winner and won 4 NBA titles, not to mention the Rookie of the Year award when he came into the NBA. The quote came from veteran NBA star Vlade Divac (#13 FCIR), who himself was known as the “pinnacle of touch and cunning in big men.”  To be fair, Divac was comparing Cousins to O’Neal when he made the statement, but to say Shaq “wasn’t talented” is just plain silly.

Strong big men have come and gone for decades in the NBA, but few have made their mark as Shaquille O’Neal did during his career. In his very first year, he averaged 23.4 points on 56.2% shooting, and in his second year scored an average 29.4 points while leading the NBA in field goal percentage at 60%. Mind you, this was while he was on the Magic, not the glory days in later years during the Lakers’ championship run. We haven’t even touched upon blocked shots and assists, either. To be sure, Shaq always struggled with free-throws, and he did utilize is strength and size to dominate the league, but he was an intelligent, capable player who ended his career with a 23.7 point average on .582 field goal accuracy, 10.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Mind you, his struggling latter years with frequent injuries brought those numbers down.

Over two decades ago, after careful observation from a few college games on TV, Niednagel identified his motor-skills and other Type-identifiers, and soon realized that the young buck was a #6 BEIR. In turn, Niednagel predicted (telling 3 NBA teams) great things for the 7-foot center, a prediction that he never would have made for most of the other 15 Brain Types. (And by the way, this was Shaq’s freshman year with Stanley Roberts, not later when all the pundits thought he might be special.) Niednagel saw past the size and strength of O’Neal, and knew that what lay between his ears would grant him tremendous success in the NBA, not being Goliath. For more on the history of Shaq from a BT perspective, see “Shaq Uncut: My Story” … and BTI’s.

At any rate, DeMarcus Cousins, a #13 FCIR, is indeed a talented player, but he’s also a loose cannon with neurotransmitter issues. Dependability and consistency will never be a mainstay for Mr. Cousins. He would have been no match for Shaq in his prime. For a guy to build your team around and win NBA championships, O’Neal was/is your man. Talent can only get you so far, particularly when it comes crunch time during the NBA finals, where motor-skills begin to break down and the pressure of the moment plays with an athlete’s mind. This is where a well-coached, disciplined #6 BEIR thrives, and where other Brain Types find it difficult to succeed on a consistent, back-to-back basis.

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3/16 – Dr. Nancy Snyderman to step down from NBC

She’s been a veteran TV-news medical correspondent for years, and one that Jon Niednagel enjoyed spending time with over 15 years ago when he was featured on ABC’s Saturday Night’s “The Pulse.”  Her name is Dr. Nancy Snyderman, and she announced last week that she would be stepping down from her current position at NBC News due to violating the terms of a self-imposed quarantine after being potentially exposed to the Ebola virus last year. Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine, Snyderman said in a statement.

Nancy, a trained pediatrician and a practicing surgeon, is an accomplished, competent #15 FCIL. By clicking “Video Clips,” viewers can watch Jon Niednagel as he observes her tennis swing and tells her about herself. Snyderman has always been professional and objective, even helping to promote the validity of Brain Typing. Her career has indeed been impressive, having also reported on health for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for 15 years.

As we’ve reminded Brain Type enthusiasts since the beginning, FCILs don’t want to be told what to do. While they appreciate structure, rules, and guidelines, they don’t always mind breaking them if it helps to serve their purposes and goals (ala Bill Belichick and Brian Williams). Snyderman’s case is much less overt than the many others we’ve reported on, and the entire ordeal is quite unlike her character in so many ways. Still, it serves as an example of how #15s can bend the rules when temptation presents itself.

To be sure, #15s would do well to make sure they follow the rules they so readily promote. In her own words, “I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what the public expected of me, and for that I’m sorry.

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3/13 – Charles and Camilla “open up about love and life”

So the headline reads, “Prince Charles Opens Up About Love & Life.”  and Brain Type enthusiasts may be thinking, “Is this #16 BCIL really going to open up?” The extent of that has yet to be seen, as “Spotlight: Charles and Camilla” will air this Saturday at 7:30 ET on CNN.

On CNN’s web site, however, Prince Charles did open up a bit about his wife Camilla, and it’s all praise for the duchess. From a Brain Type’s perspective, many of his quotes are all-too predictable about himself and his #11 FCAL wife. Charles goes on to say, “It’s always marvelous to have somebody who, you know, you feel understands and wants to encourage. Although she certainly pokes fun if I get too serious about things. And all that helps.”

Now remember, when Charles married Camilla back in 2005, the world was not too keen on his new bride. The adored Princess Diana (#3 FEAL) had died only 8 years prior, with polls at the time showing that between 57% and 73% of Brits opposed Charles’ new wife being known as queen. In those 10 years, things have changed, with Camilla often seen “supporting her husband or promoting a set of causes she has a genuine connection with.”  Like fellow #11 Laura Bush, she’s also big on literacy, as well as preventing sexual violence. To be sure, few #11 FCAL wives in the public eye are disliked, as they often win people over with their genuine charm and grace. Now, polls show that only 35% oppose Camilla being known as queen, and “nearly one in four said they liked her more now than they did 10 years ago.”

Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at BTI are those regarding marriage and Brain Types. “Does this Type go well with that Type?”  When it comes to the calm, quiet and collected #16 BCIL, the ideal spouse is an encouraging, optimistic, not-too-talkative supporter. Between the #3 FEAL and the #11 FCAL, the latter certainly fits the “role” more readily. Diana and Charles’ rocky marriage is no secret to anyone, and while it largely had to do with Charles’ stiff and uncaring ways (according to reports), Diana also likely drove him nuts with her Empirical, dominant Animate tongue. In contrast, the #11 FCAL female is slower to speak, mulling over matters with their Conceptual intuition before engaging in any long-winded discussions. Indeed, as fellow Conceptuals, they’re also quicker to grasp ideas and concepts that the #3 would rather leave to the dusty book shelf.

In short, Camilla is the better match. Let’s hope she continues to remind Charles not to “get too serious.”

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3/11 – What do Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson have in common?

We return now to the land of the hard-to-find #10 BCAR … or should we say, Neverland (Peter Pan nickname), to highlight two current #10s in the NBA who are making a name for themselves (we highlighted Kareem last week). We’ll start with the first, 7’2″ Rudy Gobert, who simply made a name for himself last week for getting in a scuffle with shorty 6’11” Nerlens Noel (#13 FCIR) of the 76ers. Both were slapped with technical fouls, and Gobert told the press exactly why he was frustrated. He was talking too much, that’s why. I just got mad and I shouldn’t react. I shouldn’t react.

From a Brain Type’s perspective, the ordeal is no surprise. The #13 “talks too much,” and the #10 “reacts.”  Gobert went on to say, I try to really control my emotions, because I don’t want to get a technical every game. Rudy apparently didn’t’ like how the 6-11 Noel swung his body into him after the dunk. He (hung) on the rim and put his knee in my face a little bit, Gobert said. We won the game, he said, so I’m not mad.

Meanwhile, he’s being called “a steal,” but BTI saw the robbery coming (as it were) from a mile away. His name is Jordan Clarkson, another #10 BCAR, and he was a second-round draft pick who went to the Lakers and should have gone much higher. The 6’5″ speedster’s rookie season has been impressive, averaging 10 points a game (15 in the last several) and recording the highest field-goal percentage among rookie guards. He scored a career high 25 points last week, and coach Byron Scott (#6 BEIRsays he has high hopes for him. He’s learning he can play in this league at a very high level. But he’s also learning the last three or four minutes of the game is where he has to be at his best.

Chris Vernon of the Chris Vernon Show recently Tweeted, “I didn’t know who dude was. He gonna be good. 2nd rd pick? Who evaluatin this talent?” Twitter @ChrisVernonShow

Yeah, who is evaluating this talent, anyway? Now, Clarkson will be no Michael Jordan, but if he plays smart, sees the floor, controls his emotions, and stays within his limitations, he will be a valuable asset to any team. Not only do most #10s end up being NBA scoring machines, but they can be excellent defenders; among other things, they have lightning quick hands. Oh, and shooting the ball well will definitely help his prospects. This will likely happen in the years ahead since he has solid shooting mechanics and good hops on his jumper. In Kobe Bryant’s (#2 BEAR) own words on Clarkson, “Great pace, great feel for the game. Can shoot the deep ball.”

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3/9 – Dianne Feinstein calls out Hillary Clinton

In a bit of interesting political news, a surprising name has come out to tell Hillary Clinton (#15 FCIL) that she needs to give a full explanation of “why she used a private email account for all her official correspondence.”  You’d think it was some vindictive redneck Republican, but it’s actually the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein, like Hillary, is another rather rare #15 FCIL in politics, and told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Clinton “needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is. From this point on, the silence is going to hurt her.”  In addition to a number of questionable political and legal aspects regarding Clinton’s secretive emails, her use of a private account may violate federal rules requiring officials to keep all their communications for record-keeping purposes. While Clinton has said she asked the State Department to make public all emails she had previously turned over to them, The Times reported that those messages “previously had been selected by members of her staff and were not a complete record of her four years at Foggy Bottom.”

Washington has no lack of female #15s, it seems. Just a few months ago Senator Barbara Boxer, another FCIL, announced that she will be retiring at the end of her term. The word “retiring” doesn’t mean she’ll be playing Bingo down at the local VFW, however. “I am never going to retire,” she says. “The work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016.”

Whoever said Left brainers can’t dabble in poetry? Check out Boxer’s farewell poem.

The Senate is the place where I’ve always made my case
For families for the planet and the human race
More than 20 years in the job I love
Thanks to California and the Lord above
So although I won’t be working for my Senate space
And I won’t be running that next tough race
As long as there are issues and challenges and strife
I will never retire because that’s the meaning of my life.

Wow, do you think a #2 BEAR or #10 BCAR would agree that issues and challenges and strife are the meaning to life? Say it ain’t so!

BTInsiders know we’ve been telling you again and again and again and again for years that Hillary will do all it takes to become President of the United States. Meanwhile, conservative commentator Ben Domenech recently stated that “the only person I think who could beat Hillary Clinton is Michelle Obama.

Welp, bring on another female #15!

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3/6 – The aloof, world-renown Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

An excellent article recently came out on a #10 BCAR who we rarely talk about. It’s ironic, really, as he could easily be considered the most recognizable #10 in the world behind Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods. Well, there’s also Kermit the Frog (aka Jim Henson), but we’ll stick with human beings for now. At any rate, his name is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he is quite the mixture of a man.

My shyness and introversion from those days still haunt me, he writes. Fans felt offended, reporters insulted. … If I could, I’d tell that nerdy Kareem to suck it up, put down that book you’re using as a shield and, in the immortal words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (to prove my nerd cred), Engage!

Says veteran sportswriter, Jackie MacMullan, “He was a jerk. I have sympathy for Kareem because I’ve been around Bill Russell (#13 FCIR) a bit. People always wanting a piece of you. I just always felt Kareem could have managed it better. Kareem’s response? It’s true, he says. I should have dealt with everyone better.

Yet, as Kareem already alluded to, it wasn’t always because he didn’t care. “Sometimes there’s that sense that he’s unapproachable, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (#13 FCIR)But having been around the world with Kareem, it’s clear he’s incredibly shy and that his shyness gets mistaken for aloofness.

Indeed, why so aloof? When we take a brief look around the #10 BCAR world, we see that Kareem is not alone. One word often used to described Tiger Woods has been aloof.”  Take fellow golfer and #10 Vijay Singh, who for years has desired to “shed his aloof reputation.”  Yet, just like Kareem, people who know Vijay well say he is “easygoing, funny, generous to a fault, wholly misunderstood and unappreciated, victimized by the media’s portrayal.”  With regards to Woods himself, his former coach Hank Haney (#8 BEIL) described him as “a walking contradiction — charming but cold, focused but aloof.”  Take a look at Jim Henson’s biography, and a picture is painted of a “guy who comes across as crazy, aloof, insecure, and mentally unstable.”  We don’t even need to touch on Michael Jackson, who was widely known as aloof, yet caring, shy, yet kind. Another, Richard Chamberlain, was described as “a fine actor, but aloof.”

The simple answer is found in Niednagel’s book, Brain Types and Parenting“Though seemingly hard to get to know, BCARs are a joy to work with, and they are often entertaining and humorous to those close to them. When you earn their trust, they can be transparent and open, often appearing Front-brain dominant.”  And again, “Living in harmony may be their desire, but the real world is not always harmonious. They need to be free to forgive others, as well as themselves. Idealism will need to give way to realism without becoming fatalistic and uninvolved.”  Niednagel goes into much more detail as the pages continue.

Last, Kareem’s passion for writing has existed for years, but only now is coming out in the open. He has almost 1.7 million followers on Twitter, recently published a children’s book, and writes columns for various publications. You get to be a storyteller, he says. And you get to share information in a way that can sometimes change people’s minds and at least make people open up and expand what they know to be true. I think that’s pretty neat. Says Jerry West (#6 BEIR), This is not somebody writing a little column. His language is unparalleled. It doesn’t surprise me. There is no athlete I’ve ever met brighter than Kareem. That is quite the compliment!

The moral of the story, it seems, is to recognize your faults, and do something about it. Similarly, to recognize your strengths, and do something about it. Kareem is working on both. Thinking on the time he met Brooklyn Dodgers slugger Duke Snider back in 1980, he says, What a wonderful guy. And that really made me start thinking, Have I been that wonderful guy? That’s what changed my attitude. I bled Dodger blue when I was a kid. When they left Brooklyn, I cried. I had heard someone else tell me a story about Carl Furillo. That he was a real a——. I don’t want to be remembered like that. That’s not me. I’ve got that much graciousness in me.

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3/6 – Bethany Hamilton’s Brain Type


Did you all make your guesses? Bethany Hamilton may remind you of a few #1 FEARs, and yes, that is what she is (compare her to tennis professional #1 Caroline Wozniacki). Outgoing, smiley, fun-loving, athletic, and very down-to-earth, she displays all the typical characteristics of the #1 design (also notice her enunciation).

Keep studying! Keep honing your skills!



3/4- Benjamin Netanyahu’s epic speech to Congress

It was quite the speech, not only for its tremendous force, logic, and clarity, but also for its tact. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (#15 FCILput forth a compelling case to Congress on Tuesday as to why the United States shouldn’t agree to any nuclear deals with Iran, something President Barack Obama (#13 FCIR) has been keen on. Still, Netanyahu began his speech by turning “the other cheek” and “praising President Obama even while the White House snubs him and seeks to discredit his stance on Iranian nuclear negotiations.”

In Benjamin’s own words, We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. Some of it is widely known . . . Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well-known. He then went on for several minutes to detail what some of those “less well-known” things were, including the 2010 Carmel forest fire and the siege of the Israeli embassy in Cairo during the 2011 unrest.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (#15 FCIL) wasn’t abashed with her feelings, “applauding half-heartedly and then quickly exiting the chamber after the speech, before Netanyahu did.”  Pelosi has been irate with House Speaker John Boehner (#7 FEIL) for inviting Netanyahu in the first place, saying, It is out of the ordinary that the speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation.”

Netanyahu showed the world exactly why he is a master of the podium, giving several sharp one-liners intended to stick in the minds of his audience. He urged the U.S. not to “be fooled” by Iran’s recent efforts to oppose the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, stating, “When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy — is your enemy.”  Great emphasis was also put on the fact that the deal would leave in place a “vast nuclear infrastructure” that would not require nuclear facilities to be destroyed. As the restrictions would then expire in a decade, Iran would be poised to do its bidding without intervention. While 10 years seems like a long time from a political perspective, “It’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation,” Netanyahu said.

We’ve often stated before that #15s typically aren’t reliant on teleprompters like their #13 cousins, and Benjamin didn’t disappoint. Several times throughout his speech he paused and gave statements from the heart, frequently looking up at his audience instead of down at his notes. At the beginning, he even stopped to diffuse partisan tension by acknowledging Harry Reid (#16 BCIL) and his recent freak exercise injury, saying, “You can’t keep a good man down.” Sincere or not, an honorable gesture on his part.

Yes, the cool, charismatic Q3 Benjamin was at his best, though it remains to be seen whether the speech will have any affect on nuclear negotiations. Regardless, he certainly did his job as an ever-so-rare, worthy world leader, putting the interests of his nation ahead of politics. It’s comforting to know that someone actually exists in global governance who is consistently principled, stable, and a genuine builder and protector of his country.

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