Soft is an adjective athletes hate to hear.
Soft hands is the exception, but think about it any other way. You don't want to be mentally soft or physically soft or a soft big man. International basketball players are considered soft, but don't confuse skill set with soft.
Is Andrea Bargnani soft because he only grabs five rebounds per game as a seven footer? Yes. Manu Ginobli is not soft, even if some of his flops garner praise from soccer players.
The quickest way to get labeled soft is to cry after losing. Some of these athletes' tears are justified; some are not and. Trust me—you'll know my stance.