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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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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Confidence vs. Production

I watch a lot of baseball. I’m from New York and I’ve always been a Yankee fan, but I’ll put any game on during the summer. Recently I’ve had the Mets on a lot watching them try and rally and make the playoffs. The Mets have had some excruciating losses this year as they try […]

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How Long Do You Practice?

This seems to be a question coaches are constantly bringing up to each other. How long are you going? How long do you go once the season starts? There’s a lot more concern – due to more data – with the amount of output you are asking out of your players every day. It seems […]

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Confronting Your Teammates

“It is only when team members are truly comfortable being exposed to one another that they begin to act without concern for protecting themselves.” – Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team “Confrontation is simply meeting the truth head on.” – Coach K Confrontation is an important part of leadership. You need to be […]

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Win With You

There are plenty of people in my life who I like, who I enjoy spending time with – but who I don’t want to try and win with. Winning is a a completely separate equation. It requires a level of commitment and trust that is uncommon in most of our everyday relationships. So just because […]

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