Adidas “Black Opps”

The Oregonian with a good look inside of Adidas’ “Black Opps.” https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2019/02/basketball-bribes-how-adidas-bankrolled-a-black-market-for-top-teenage-talent.html

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Good Player, Not A Leader

How do you coach the kid on your team who is an important player but doesn’t always do the right thing? We’ve all had them. I’d say most of the teams I’ve coached have one or two guys like that. Good players, important pieces to your success. But not entirely bought in, or maybe just […]

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Kawhi Leonard’s Recruiting

Really good in-depth piece about the recruitment of Kawhi Leonard and how he ended up at San Diego State. “Who ever knows someone is going to be one of the five best players in the world? You don’t.” Recruiting is an art, not a science. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/aztecs/story/2019-05-31/sdsu-aztecs-basketball-kawhi-leonard-recruitment-nba-finals-toronto

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Strong Where You Are Weak

“Asking others who are strong in areas where you are weak to help you is a great skill that you should develop no mater what, as it will help you develop guardrails that will prevent you from doing what you shouldn’t be doing. All successful people are good at this.” Ray Dalio, Principles When you […]

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Memorial Day

“If the boy is alive… we are going to send someone to find him… and we are going to get him the HELL… out of there.” This scene always reminds me we can never thank those who serve enough. (Bryan Cranston!)

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Kawhi

Kawhi Leonard is a reminder to me not to put your players into a box. He’s the new “it” guy in the NBA, and deservedly so. He’s having a historic playoff run right now and has led his new team with a first year head coach to the NBA finals. Incredible stuff. Right now he’s […]

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Confronting Your Weaknesses

Ray Dalio, in his book Principles, on the five decisions you need to make to confront your own weaknesses: Don’t confuse what you wish were true with what is really true. Don’t worry about looking good – worry instead about achieving your goals. Don’t overweight first-order consequences relative to second and third-order ones. Don’t let […]

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Home Court Advantage

Interesting information on the decline of the home court advantage in college basketball. https://www.three-man-weave.com/3mw/handicapping-home-court-advantage

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Sustained Elite Success

I’ve always felt that sustaining elite success is the hardest thing to do in sports, and it doesn’t get celebrated enough. We cynically look at teams that do it and point to the talent. Give me Tom Brady for 20 years at quarterback. Yeah, but if I had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen I’d be […]

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