Some players prefer their coach to go hard on them in order to get the best out of them. Anfernee Simmons is one of them.

The 22-year-old Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard revealed that he had a conversation with the team’s new head coach Chauncey Billups before the season in which he asked the coach to be hard on him.

“We had that conversation before the season about how I wanted to be coached and I told him you can be hard on me because that’s all I know,” said Simons, per Casey Holdahi of “My dad was hard on me growing up, so that’s the only way I can get better is somebody constantly on me on certain things.”

Simmons is having his best season so far in terms of scoring, although he has played just 3 games, as he is averaging 13.7 points in addition to 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game.