Pros

It’s been really interesting working with the TBT over the last couple of weeks, seeing the $2 million dollar winner-take-all tournament up close. As a college coach, it’s really interesting to see the maturity level of the players.  It’s so clear that becoming a professional basketball player and relying on your skills, talent and your […]

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Earl Watson – We Over Me

Earl Watson played for John Wooden at UCLA & had a successful career in the NBA. One day his college teammate, Billy Knight, who struggled to make an NBA team, asked Earl why he thought he was having trouble making it in the NBA. Billy wanted to know Earl’s secret. Earl told him to practice […]

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The Basketball Tournament

I spent the last week working with The Basketball Tournament, the $2 Million winner-take-all summer tournament open to anyone who is not currently on an NBA Roster.  It’s a fascinating event and a great tournament, to watch a bunch of great college players who are now professionals compete at a high level for the chance […]

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What It Takes To Be A Great Coach

Michael Lombardi (former NFL Executive): What It Takes To Be A Great Coach: 4 Areas of Leadership That Apply Management of Attention Management of Meeting Management of Self Management of Trust Management of Attention: You grab people’s attention by your talking. What you say and how you say it Management of Meeting: Parcells is brilliant […]

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How Do You Talk To The Head Coach?

One of my issues with the coaching business is that we don’t really have any formal training to become a coach.  You are pretty much on your own.  You try and work some camps, you learn from the coaches you’ve played for, and you get involved with a program as a young assistant if you […]

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You Don’t Have To Be Loud

While I was on the road last week, I got the opportunity to talk to the campers at Hoop Group Elite about leadership.  Each week had close to 700 kids in attendance, all trying to get recruited to play at the college level.  I was really impressed with how engaged these kids were in the […]

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Smart

“People say, “Well, Randy Moss…” Randy Moss was the perfect example of buy and not buying. Randy Moss is from West Virginia. He is incredibly smart. He has a West Virginia twang; you would think he’s not the smart guy. You would think he’s just this kind of rebel guy. Really, really smart. Loves football, […]

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Camp

I was on the road these past two weeks working the Hoop Group Elite camp.  It’s the first time in four years I had been able to work the camp, and it reminded me how valuable the camp experience is for coaches. Working camp is a big part of the process for any young coach. […]

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Simplicity

Something I learned early as a head coach is the value of keeping things simple.  Keeping things simple allows my players to be themselves, and get the most out of their ability.  Coaching is such a high pressure environment that the tendency is to always try and do more to help your team.  You want […]

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