1) Two Types of Losing
a) Understandable but not acceptable. Team played hard
and executed but got beat.
b) Not understandable and NOT acceptable which means
poor physical and mental effort.
2) Addition By Subtraction
Evaluate those areas that cost you the game and just
focus on clarity. Usually this means cutting away the
b and c options and focusing on execution: do one thing
until they get it right. It is better to get one action right
than do many things poorly.
3) Keep Your Poise
My greatest regrets have been when I overreacted to
losing. The famous Chuck Daly said an economy of
words is a wise choice after games.
4) No Excuses
Sometimes there are reasons why you lost that are beyond
your control( e.g. injury, really bad officiating, way more
talented opponent). Just let the obvious speak for itself
and instead of talking about those things, focus on what
you CAN control.
5) Mental Toughness
You are the leader! Your team will follow your lead, thus
it is imperative that you show discipline of tongue, actions,
and paint a picture of what you will do next....acknowledge
the elephant in room but also explain how you will remove
him from the room after you beat his fat ass!
6) Never Relent
Stay at it. Losing sucks but whatever the case an attitude
of "today isn't tomorrow" gives all hope. Specifically,
get in earlier, give a little more energy, and expect a little
better from all, even if it doesn't feel good. Really, ask
yourself each and everyday how bad do you want it?
As Norman Vincent Peale said there is tremendous
opportunity in the seeds of adversity.
The INBOUNDER has the most difficult job. Therefore, we must have a meaningful checklist which allows us to safely inbound the ball.
1) The INBOUNDER should not step out of bounds until the name or number of play has been called/signaled and the team is set. Moreover, do not stand on top of out of bounds line: move back 2 or 3 steps so defender cannot shield your view and/or deflect the pass.
2) Know that as soon as the ball touches your hand that the 5 count begins, not when you slap the ball;
3) Use your best passer to inbound the ball.
4) The INBOUNDER has a mental checklist that is prioritized by you.
5) Ask the official to count out loud. He may not do this but usually it will buy you extra time.
6) Whether you are taking the ball out on the sideline or baseline do not key your look, meaning stare at your first option. We suggest that the passer "look through the bottom of the net" as this gives broad vision from sideline to sideline so he/she can see all options.
7) With all SLOB/BLOB's the passer cannot move and must have a permanent pivot foot. Otherwise, coming out of a timeout it is important that the passer ask the official if he/she can move. Yes, we will remind him before he/she leaves the huddle whether movement is allowed.
8) Do not enter the ball directly under the basket as the backboard acts as another defender.
9) Pass fakes are a key buy and act as a decoy.
10) When the count is winding down the passer can either throw it off nearest defender or call a timeout, should you have another one. Additionally, give the inbounder permission to eat the ball. Yes, this is a violation but the advantage here is that your opponent cannot run off the turnover as you get to set your defense.
11) As a course of habit, the INBOUNDER should not initiate the play with a bounce pass. WHY? If the ball first hits out of bounds then it is a violation.
12) Practice, practice, practice. This means weaving in a 5 minute time block every other practice where each team has 5 possessions to not only enter the ball but also complete the exact play. Please keep the amount of makes and give them the % at end of competition. The players like this time block as there is meaningful competition and you get a winner and loser.
13) Most times the ball cannot be inbounded because the screeners don't sprint their picks, and the cutters leave too soon, and jog their cuts.
14) A fundamental teaching point here is that screeners and cutters must read their defender and not stare at the ball.
I am certain you have your own system and thoughts for inbounding the ball. The rehearsal of such a key situation can determine whether you win or lose a championship.
1) Evaluate the "who" and the "what."
2) Look for patterns.
3) Addition by subtraction, which means either stop running the "what" or take the ball away from the "who."
4) Speed kills-slow the car down.
5) Throw the pass you see not the pass you want.
6) What is in the mind of the passer must be in the mind of the receiver.
1) Any explanation short of "all my fault" is bitterness.
2) Injuries are part of the journey....get over it.
3) The media will never get the whole story....deal with it.
4) The game is about the players, first and foremost.
5) Discipline of tongue makes everything else easier.
6) It is much more difficult to be "the spouse" than the coach.
7) When you win food tastes better.
8) You may discover a clue or two in the bottle but never the answer.
9) Assistants either help you or hurt you....know that.
10) Rebounding. Turnovers. Field Goal Percentage. When you play for a championship they will determine your fate.
11) Study the NBA and learn about 3 things:
12) Referees are human beings too. You better learn how to communicate your displeasure in a respectful way.
13) Don't eat garlic before a practice or game.
14) Players, Coaches, Alumni LOVE quality equipment, so don't put BAD gear on your players!
15) A bad decision today will bite you in the ass tomorrow.
16) Watching film will dramatically improve your coaching. Why? It increases your knowledge base, slows the game down, and allows you to see more.
17) The stress will "age" you prematurely unless you workout, eat right, get your sleep, and organize your "fun."
18) It is important that you admit your mistakes, make fun of yourself, and openly enjoy yourself.
19) Create your own board of trustees that you can call anytime. It is important to have older, wiser, and nonthreatening mentors.
20) Being fired is rarely terminal....unless you want it to be.