From one season to ten years. It becomes tough to slow down the time because our brain operates from moments to months down the road within minutes. At the end of any season, the mind automatically advances to the following year. Multiply that mindset by two with being married to a coach; we're lucky to … Continue reading 10 Lessons From a Decade of Coaching
Can a basketball court be a dojo, "a place of enlightenment" in which disciplined athletes train their hearts and minds through the pursuit of physical excellence? This weeks #BookClub takes six key principles that lead to success from four famous coaches. And Dickie V. and Billy Packer debate what is beautiful about basketball.
Arguments between purists and modernists are primarily about different visions of what basketball should be, not about which techniques work better. Fans of each generation have a subjective view of the best brand of basketball despite evidence of overlap between each era. During my day we played team defense. During my day we moved without the basketball. During my day, then just fill in the blank from what you have heard because everyone has a barbershop type story to tell.
Basketball and Philosophy may not provide guidance on the "foul or no foul" situation when up three with less than five seconds in the game. But, it can challenge our approach when thinking about our daily interactions with our best players. Or things to consider when playing a team for the third time in a season.
The book closes with sustainability. Reflecting from the harvest of the product that has been built and maintaining balance moving forward. The work doesn't end as soon as the season is over. The good news is what has been built can be a blueprint for future opportunities.
At the end of the day, the seed which we plant is cultivated daily by how we teach, the decisions we reinforce, and the practices that are designed. When we talk about Water The Bamboo we are talking about the effect of compound interest, or lack thereof during our season. From this section of the book what we find out is the connection between the three and how it can impact our cumulative growth.
This week's Book Club covers building relationships and the contributing characteristics ("Tools") necessary for the growth of any program or organization. The Coaching Question pertains using the tools from this section to shape a winning habit.
At the end of our season, one of our conversations in the locker-room was about "Watering The Bamboo." It had been briefly mentioned following a loss about our time spent now will impact our experiences in the future - little did we know to the extent.
At Marquette, Crean wanted us to see the big picture. “We are going to win,” he said. “You guys need to be competitors in everything you do. Whether it’s in basketball or business, you need to want to kick people’s ass.”
The ball talks in the Princeton Offense. A read-and-react style of play that looks to take advantage of any defender's first move. The clip above is a compilation of clips from Christian Brothers University during the Mike Nienaber era.