Selfless

Selfless players… Talk on defense all the time Make the extra pass Show urgency in transition Run hard in sprints Run hard again when their teammate didn’t make it Don’t care who shoots the ball Guard whoever is open Get deflections Clean up the locker room Block out bigger players Take charges Understand the scouting […]

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Tell Them What To Say

Everybody wants their team to talk on defense. But it’s a lot harder than we think. Very few players naturally play the game with intensity and are able to talk while doing it. Talking involves being very selfless and thinking about others, and most players in an intense situation are focused on what they should […]

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Listen To Your Players

I’ve always said I learn the most about my team when I talk to my players. Watching film, talking to my staff, going over analytics – they all help. But nothing gives me a better feel for my team than hearing what my players have to say. In the fall, when coaches aren’t allowed in […]

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The Long Haul

Basketball season is 12 months a year these days.  Sure, everyone takes a break here and there.  But there really isn’t an off-season anymore.  High school kids go right from the season to playing AAU and play a ton of games all summer and into the fall.  In college, except at the D3 level, workouts […]

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The Kid Who Relies On His Talent

One of the challenges we constantly face as coaches – how do you handle the player who is talented, but doesn’t really work hard.  Especially coming out of high school, so many kids are used to just relying on their talent to be good enough. That’s not an indictment of high school coaches at all, […]

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Change and Continuity

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Very interesting research on the importance of stressing continuity with regards to effective change management. As coaches we often talk about absolute change – when we take over a program, when we’ve had a bad year. Do we ever stress continuity? Even if your team is bought into the idea of change, this research shows […]

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Your Leadership Model

If you aren’t getting the right leadership from your team, or the guys you expect to lead aren’t stepping up, don’t question their leadership.  Take a look at your own leadership model. So many teams and coaches that struggle use a lack of leadership as an excuse.  But the easiest thing to do in coaching […]

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