Whining

A big part of being a great competitor is handling the emotions that go along with competing. The intensity of competition can make that very difficult, but great competitors have the ability to move on to the next most important thing – the next play – regardless of what just happened. If you are constantly […]

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Defensive Emphasis

So much of coaching is not what plays you run, but what you emphasize. What is important to you as a coach. Because your players are reading you every day, and they know what is important to you. It’s a lot more than what you say. They read your reactions, your emotions, your tone. They […]

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There is a pathological mismatch between the attributes that seduce us in a leader and those that are needed to be an effective leader. If we want to improve the performance of our leaders, we should focus on the right traits. Instead of falling for people who are confident, narcissistic and charismatic, we should promote people because […]

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Brad Underwood – Changing His Approach

Really good look by Matt Norlander at how Brad Underwood basically threw out his coaching approach and started over, to help make Illinois an NCAA team again. Not an easy thing to do for a coach who’s 56 years old and has had a ton of success. Adapt or die in any business. “Really, he […]

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When To Foul Up 3

NC State fouled Virginia with a 3-point lead with 8.2 seconds to play to keep Virginia from getting a potential game-tying 3-pointer off. Sean McDonough immediately said “there’s a lot of time left for that foul.” I like that foul. It may seem like you want to wait until :07 or :06 to foul, but […]

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Hall of Fame

I was fortunate enough to get inducted into the Little East Hall of Fame recently. In 2016 I was inducted into the Rhode Island College Hall of Fame after coaching there for 9 years, and the league started a hall of fame a few years back. It’s really a tremendously cool honor. I grew up […]

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John Hollinger

Cool Q+A with John Hollinger, a Virginia alum who helped start the basketball analytics revolution with his PER rating in the 90s. https://news.virginia.edu/content/stat-man-alumnus-became-basketball-analytics-pioneer?utm_source=DailyReport&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

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Fouling To Get Another Possession

I love what San Francisco did at the end of the first half in this game against Pacific. Pacific’s point guard is a 36% free throw shooter, so they fouled him on purpose to get the ball back. It’s all about calculating expected points per possession, and then trusting the percentages. We’ve done this before, […]

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Jim Clifton – CEO of Gallup

3 things he would tell managers to maximize the potential of their teams: Understand that your team members have more differences than they do things in common. Do not lead them like troops. Know them by their strengths, not their weaknesses. Make sure they know their personal development is important to you. When you ask […]

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