Warrior Mentality

A good story to share with your team before they go home for the off-season… compliments of Chip Kelly. WARRIOR MENTALITY A long time ago there was a village in which every boy was trained to become a warrior. At age 14, every boy was sent into the forest with no food or water. They […]

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Search Firms and Winning Percentage

https://athleticdirectoru.com/articles/the-influence-of-search-firms-in-mens-basketball-hiring/

Factual data on search firm hires in college basketball and how it correlates to winning percentage from AthleticDirectorU.  They do a great job of putting together data on important issues that impact college basketball. I don’t, however, agree with the conclusion.  The difference between search firm hires (.504 winning %) and non-search firm hires (.469 […]

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People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

Rosa Parks

Talent Matters

“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented.  Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic… The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill.  I will not be outworked, period.  You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than […]

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Lionel Messi

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/23520684/barcelona-star-lionel-messi-manages-stay-hidden-fame

“For the quietest superstar, the game is all that has ever mattered. The rest is just noise.” Sam Borden with an up-close look at Lionel Messi’s approach to fame.

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J.R. Smith and Irrational Confidence

J.R. Smith didn’t know the score.  I’m not sure it cost his team the game, but it certainly cost his team a chance to win the game in the final seconds.  It’s a mistake you can’t make.  It’s a great reminder that if you don’t practice time and score in some fashion every day in […]

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Keith Mumphery Sexual Assault

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/sports/keith-mumphery-michigan-state.html

I’ve never understood why Universities conduct their own investigations in cases of alleged sexual assault and rape.  We have to get away from this model.  It is unfair to people on both sides. “His mother lives in a trailer. He amassed excellent grades and excelled in sports. None of this inoculates him against the terrible […]

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Feedback

Loved this from Daniel Coyle’s “The Culture Code” on feedback and creating a safe place to give effort. One misconception about highly successful cultures is that they are happy, lighthearted places.  This is mostly not the case.  They are energized and engaged, but at their core their members are oriented less around achieving happiness than […]

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The Officiating in Game 1

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23680154/crucial-calls-nba-refs-make-biggest-stage

A great inside look at NBA officiating and the overturned call in game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Youth Coaches

I was recently at a CYO basketball game for 11-year old girls.  It’s not that often I get to youth basketball games for kids that are below the high school level. The coaching on one side was appalling.  The coach was angry with his players from just about the opening tip.  He was visibly frustrated […]

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