Atlanta Hawks Vitamins

A look at the Hawks commitment to individual development. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/sports/basketball/secret-to-atlanta-hawks-team-play-nourish-the-individual.html?_r=0

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Toughness Travels

“I know we’re going to bring our toughness.  That travels.  Sometimes your jump shots don’t travel with you.  But toughness always travels.” – Tom Izzo

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Convicted of Running an Office Pool

Scary story about how a teacher’s life changed when he was found to be running an expensive office pool. http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/the_800000_office_pool_how_a_teacher_got_busted_an.html#incart_most-read_

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To Foul or Not Up 3

This is from a recent Phil Mushnick column in the New York Post.  I love the quotes from Jack Alesi, one of the best coaches in New York City at Xaverian High School.  I watched Alesi’s Xaverian team win their semi-final game and get to the finals by fouling up 3. Friday, the night after […]

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Coach K “Fire”

Coach K shared a great story about a conversation he had with Sidney Lowe, Christian Laettner’s first NBA coach, about Laettner when he was a rookie. Lowe said something to Coach K like “Man, Christian is really difficult.”  And Coach K’s response was “You have to think about Christian like fire.  And you are the superintendent […]

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Seeds

Don’t make a huge deal out of the seeds in the NCAA Tournament (unless you are a Dayton fan, where an odd seed forces you to play an extra game). In 2001 at Providence we expected to be seeded somewhere between 6-9 in the NCAA Tournament.  We ended up as a 10 seed, which surprised […]

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At-Large Bids

Murray State and Belmont played one of the more entertaining conference championship games you will ever see last weekend.  The game went back and forth down the stretch, with two great coaches – Rick Byrd and Steve Prohm – letting their kids call and execute plays without calling a host of time outs.  The teams […]

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Taking Emotion Out Of Coaching

Phil Jackson talked about a great approach in his book “Eleven Rings” that he learned over his career as a coach – “When in doubt, do nothing.”   Jackson talked a lot about dealing with all of the egos he dealt with in the NBA, and some of the personalities he had to handle – Jordan, […]

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Virginia

Really good look at what Virginia is doing under Tony Bennett and how impressive it is. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/03/virginia-uva-basketball-acc-champions-tony-bennett-justin-anderson-records

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College Basketball Dads

Really touching story by Matt Norlander on something that doesn’t get a lot of light in college basketball – players balancing education, basketball and fatherhood. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/feature/25092069/paternal-fraternity

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