Halftime

Kansas was down 40-25 at halftime of the national championship game against North Carolina. They outscored Carolina by 18 in the second half to win the national title by 3. I’m not sure what was said or done at halftime, but the team clearly responded and played a great second half with their back against […]

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Challenge Network

From Adam Grant’s book “Think Again,” which is all about learning to re-think what you believe in. We learn more from people who challenge our thought process than those who affirm our conclusions. Strong leaders engage their critics and make themselves stronger. Weak leaders silence their critics and make themselves weaker. This reaction isn’t limited […]

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Balance on Offense

In 9 years as the head coach at Rhode Island College we only had one player who averaged more than 15 points per game. We had a ton of success and were generally either the best or second best team in our league every year. We went to the NCAA Tournament in our last 8 […]

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The Right Ones Will Find You

“You don’t need them all, but if you build your teams on strong principles the right ones will find you.” John U. Bacon, Let Them Lead I’m a strong believer that the culture of the organization is the best recruiter you have. It is going to attract people, right or wrong. When it comes to […]

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Discipline and Ownership

I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback and had some great discussions about my book Entitled To Nothing, An Uncommon Approach to Leadership that I recently released. I love having conversations about some of the leadership concepts I discussed in the book and how to practically make them a part of your culture. A big […]

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Time and Score – The Right Play

Marcus Smart caught the ball down by 1 with 3.5 seconds on the clock. Two Nets flew at the ball. Someone else had to be open. Smart made a shot fake, took a dribble and delivered a pass to a cutting Jayson Tatum who still had time lay the ball in. Tatum made a great […]

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Kansas Guards

Bill Self did a lot of things right this year on the way to winning the National Championship. One of his best moves was how he handled his two point guards. Dajuan Harris Jr. was a redshirt sophomore who averaged 2 points and 2 assists as a freshmen. He’s a solid floor general not known […]

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To Make It Special, Make It Hard

“The first thing you do is to make it special to play for Huron. And the best way to make it special is to make it hard. You need to make the players feel like they had to do something hard just to make the team – something not everyone would be willing to do […]

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Everything Is Different

Every coach is trying to figure out the formula. How do you get your team to play their best in the post-season? It’s a great conversation, one I have with countless coaches in the off-season. One thing I learned that impacted the way we prepared for the post-season was that everything was going to be […]

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Somebody Else Is Open

A time and score truth I really believe: If the guy who starts with the ball isn’t the guy who shoots the ball, you will get a better shot. Somebody else is usually open. Watch the final play from the national championship game. The play breaks down when Brady Manek trips, so the second option […]

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