Slow Down

Every year for 10 years now as a head coach I’ve made sure to tell myself we were going to move slow with regards to practice.  One of the toughest challenges as a coach is to be patient – you know what it is supposed to look like, you know what it looked like at the […]

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Team Basketball and NBA Titles

Some interesting stuff in this article from Neil Paine on fivethirtyeight.com, with a bit of an ode to the Red Holzmann Knicks and team basketball.  (http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/in-a-star-dominated-sport-theres-still-a-place-for-unselfish-basketball/). He makes the point that the 2014 Spurs were similar in approach, sharing the basketball on their way to an NBA title.  We certainly spent enough time in the […]

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“Culture Will Beat Scheme Every Day”

Chip Kelly on culture.  A great approach. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20141017_Chip_Kelly_and_the_culture_of_success.html

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Meritocracy

One situation you face as a coach is how to deal with players who are unhappy about their playing time.  The truth is I want everyone who isn’t playing to be unhappy about their playing time.  That’s actually a good thing.  If you don’t want to play more, you probably aren’t much of a competitor.  The […]

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Thad Matta

Thad Matta http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/07/his_past_an_inside_look_with_o.html

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Maine Courtside Pass

I was mic’d up for a recent practice. http://goblackbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/2014-15/videos/20141016-ho477vmw

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Walk-Ons

The Bangor Daily news takes a look at a couple of local walk-ons who made our team this year. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/15/sports/old-town-standout-earns-spot-on-umaine-mens-basketball-team/

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Great Competitors

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition. – Henry Clay Who are the best competitors in sports? The two guys I always think about are Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.  They are the two guys that I have watched the most that just seem to […]

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Peter Gammon’s Game Story

If you’ve never read this, it’s a classic.  Peter Gammon’s game story from Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=2118859

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Erik Spoelstra

Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated with an inside look at Erik Spoelstra.  I had no idea he was on the court for Portland when Hank Gathers died in the WCC Tournament.  Random interesting fact. A great inside look at his mentality and approach. http://www.si.com/nba/2014/09/26/erik-spoelstra-miami-heat

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