Late Game Execution

In my last year as the head coach at Rhode Island College we went up to Brandeis for a game in the first semester. Both teams were good and expected to be in the NCAA Tournament, so it was a big non-conference game. It went right down to the wire, and we were down one […]

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Gonzaga Culture

Good stuff on Gonzaga’s culture built over the last 25 years from Seth Davis. in The Athletic. When Kispert took his official visit in the spring of 2016, the player who hosted him, Josh Perkins, drove him back to his hotel. Along the way, Perkins pulled his car over, turned to Kispert and said, “Ask […]

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Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Clayton Kershaw in to pitch the 8th inning of a decisive playoff game the other night against the Nationals, and it didn’t work out. Kershaw, one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball, but having lost significant velocity over the last couple of years, gave up home runs […]

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Aaron Boone’s Approach

Great dive into the way Yankee Manager Aaron Boone approaches his job. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27745775/a-savage-manager-seat-new-york-yankees-boss-aaron-boone-was-made-moment

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In Command, Without Control

Jay Wright with some good thoughts on preparing your guys not to think when they play. Ultimately this is what we all say we want. We want our guys to play hard and play with freedom, without having to slow down to think. But I would submit we don’t always coach them that way. Getting […]

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Dell Demps – What The NBA Looks For

Former Pelicans GM Dell Demps spoke at the Big East Freshman Fundamentals series about what the NBA looks for in players. “One characteristic of most guys that last in the NBA? They have a great idea of what they are good at as a player. They have a clear understanding of who they are.” Video […]

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Russell Wilson – Mental Conditioning

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27754778/mental-conditioning-driving-force-russell-wilson-success

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Are You Practicing It Or Teaching It?

There is a difference between practicing something and teaching it. You can have something on the practice plan and go through the drill as a team without really getting much out of it. You do it, and you say we’ve been “working on rebounding” or “we’ve spent a lot of time on transition defense,” but […]

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Locker Room Influence

The strongest influence your players will feel will come from inside the locker room. They’ll certainly listen to you and your staff and respond to what you want. But ultimately the highest performing teams in any field are fully committed to their teammates. They don’t want to let each other down. We all want great […]

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Grit In The NBA

If you haven’t read Angela Duckworth’s book “Grit,” it’s well worth your time. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/Grit-in-the-NBA/grit-nba-stephen-curry-grittiest-player-nba

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