High School Hoops in New York

Interesting look at high school basketball in New York City and the reasons for the decline.  Not sure I agree with all of the reasons, but some thought-provoking stuff in here. http://grantland.com/features/nyc-basketball-decline-lance-stephenson-kareem-abdul-jabbar-stephon-marbury-kenny-anderson-tom-konchalski-nba/

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Play With a Chip, Not an Ego

I love watching players who play with a chip on their shoulder.   I think most coaches do.  I want to recruit those guys, and I want those guys on my roster.  The guys that show up every day with something to prove.  There is a great quote about Kevin Durant and how he shows […]

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Behind the Scenes: David Blatt

A short behind the scenes video with the new coach of the Cavs. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/behind-scenes-david-blatt

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Power Over Productivity

“Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well.” – Margaret Wheatley

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Putting It Together

Some really intelligent, well thought-out stuff here from Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, President and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.  Some great stuff on leadership, learning and how he approaches the hiring process. “Looking back on that, what I learned — and I use this every day — is that if you know […]

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John Linehan

I had breakfast recently with John Linehan, the former Friar great who has more steals than anyone in the history of college basketball.   John was a sophomore on our first team at Providence College in 1998. John’s story is a great one.  He was a 5-8 point guard (John and I often argue over which […]

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Kyle Korver

A cool look at the things Kyle Korver has done to make himself a great NBA player, his relationship with his new coach, and some of the action they run to get him open shots.  I love the diagonal back screen, flair to the top action.  Different and hard to guard. http://grantland.com/features/kyle-korver-nba-atlanta-hawks/

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Jeff Hornacek

Good look at how Jeff Hornacek installed his system with the Phoenix Suns http://mweb.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24395786/calm-cool-and-collected-how-jeff-hornaceks-keeping-the-suns-hot?v=1&vc=1

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Rob “Fluff” McKiver

Always cool to see stories about former players who have turned a scholarship to college into a successful career.  Fluff spent a year with us at PC, it didn’t work out, and he ended up with Tom Penders at Houston.  Always enjoyed coaching Fluff. http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20140728/robert-mckivers-basketball-odyssey-makes-summer-stop-back-home

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July Notes

Just finished the NCAA live recruiting period in the month of July: It’s not what it used to be.  The NCAA now allows 3 four-day recruiting periods in consecutive weeks, from Wednesday at 5:00 to Sunday at 5:00.  When I last left division I 9 years ago, July was a free-for-all, with the recruiting period […]

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