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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Evaluating A Loss

The spotlight is so much bigger on the game at all levels today with the explosion of digital and social media. No one at any level really coaches in private, and it’s very easy for everyone to have an opinion. No matter what level you are coaching at, it feels like someone is always watching. […]

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Beating Screens

Everyone wants to hammer Terry Stotts for the way the Blazers played ball screens against Steph Curry in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. But no one seems to be saying anything about the players actually getting through the screens. Time after time the Blazers guards just hung on the ball screen and didn’t […]

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Principles

“Good principles are effective ways of dealing with reality.” – Ray Dalio In his book “Principles,” Ray Dalio lays out his approach to what made him one of the most successful – and richest – money managers in the world. There is a lot more to the book than you probably need to know about […]

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John Beilein “Wants To Be Their Coach”

Interesting paragraph from Brendan Quinn’s article about John Beilein from The Athletic: All he asks of his players, in return, is to listen and learn. Beilein does not want to be a parental figure to his players. He wants to be their coach. The job, as he sees it, is to develop players into their […]

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