Pinch on Free Throws

Defensive rebounding on free throws is probably something we don’t practice enough. I know I was guilty of that as a head coach. And if we do practice it, I’m not sure we actually teach the right technique. You hear the word “pinch” a lot when it comes to the defensive team getting ready to […]

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Perspective

Perspective is a particular attitude that you have towards something, a particular point of view.  It’s not just your attitude in general, the way you approach things in a big picture sense.  It’s intentional, the way you choose to look at something after reflection. The best players, the best coaches, the most successful people that […]

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Communicating and Teaching

“When it comes to how you communicate and how you teach, that really depends on the player.” – Brad Faxon Brad Faxon is really smart and a great listen, not just about golf but about the mental side of competition. If you get a chance listen to his podcast with No Laying Up that came […]

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Non-Competitive Drills

I’m a huge believer in competitive practices. Competition has always been a cornerstone value of my culture. I want everything we do to be about competition. Most coaches like to create competition every day by keeping score in every drill. Put something on the line, keep score and make sure guys are always competing to […]

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Eli Manning

Absolutely terrific look at Eli Manning. The definition of a great teammate. https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/10/10/eli-manning-future-after-benching-according-to-friends-family?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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Mark Few on Culture

“We’re very protective of our culture. It’s not just lip service. We work hard at it. It’s about being part of a group of guys who, as corny as it sounds, are all pulling the rope in the same direction.”

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Kenny Payne’s Treadmill Workout

From an article on Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne in The Athletic. This can’t be serious, can it? 45 minutes on the treadmill at 8-11 MPH? Before the workout? Julius Randle, a five-year NBA veteran who just signed a $63 million contract with the Knicks, called his mother recently to brag he had finally completed Payne’s […]

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Late Game Execution

In my last year as the head coach at Rhode Island College we went up to Brandeis for a game in the first semester. Both teams were good and expected to be in the NCAA Tournament, so it was a big non-conference game. It went right down to the wire, and we were down one […]

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Gonzaga Culture

Good stuff on Gonzaga’s culture built over the last 25 years from Seth Davis. in The Athletic. When Kispert took his official visit in the spring of 2016, the player who hosted him, Josh Perkins, drove him back to his hotel. Along the way, Perkins pulled his car over, turned to Kispert and said, “Ask […]

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Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Clayton Kershaw in to pitch the 8th inning of a decisive playoff game the other night against the Nationals, and it didn’t work out. Kershaw, one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball, but having lost significant velocity over the last couple of years, gave up home runs […]

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