14 Qualities of a Master Coach

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and talk shop with countless Hall-of-Fame coaches over my career. From dinners with Bobby Knight & Hubie Brown to watching Coach K & John Calipari run practice to private meetings with Kevin Eastman & George Raveling to speaking alongside Don Showalter and […]

Are You Dedicated?

Learning to be ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’ on a consistent basis requires dedication. Dedication is essential for success in anything, but especially in basketball. The game is so competitive, if you aren’t dedicated, you won’t make it. The top players at every level spend hours and hours on the court and in the weight room making […]

Your Comfort Zone is Your Enemy

Your comfort zone is your enemy. Your comfort zone makes you soft. Your comfort zone makes you complacent. If you want to maximize your ability, on and off the court, you must learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. You have to consistently (and intentionally) step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You must […]

Communication Rating System

Communication is a separator. Good teams talk. Great teams communicate. Effective communication is a skill.   Like any skill, it can be learned and can be improved with proper practice and repetition. The key is making successful communication a habit. I have developed the following rating system to help evaluate and improve communication this off-season: 0 […]

7 Ways to Maximize Every Workout

7 Things PLAYERS should do to maximize every workout: Be well-fueled, well hydrated, well rested and take care of your body. Get to the workout early. Don’t wait for it to start, prepare for it. Making 100 extra shots before every workout will have an enormous compound effect. Approach each workout with a game-like mentality. […]

Training vs Working Out

Do you know the difference between training and workout out? Training is when you follow a systematic, progressive plan with measurable goals. Training is purposeful and consistent. Working out is when you push to exhaustion with no real direction or specificity. You get sweaty and winded but don’t accomplish anything. It is when you confuse […]

4 Keys to Overcoming Adversity

In life, adversity can mean losing a loved one or losing a job. In basketball, adversity can mean losing a game (or string of games) or getting injured. Here are 4 keys to overcoming any adversity: Stay honest. Don’t make excuses. Excuses are a form of lying because you are deflecting the truth. You must […]

6 Questions to Ask This Off-Season

It’s the little things that make a big difference in making a basketball program successful in the long term. It is the little things that make an average team a good team, a good team a great team and great team a championship team. Here are 6 questions every player and coach in your program needs […]

Do You Want a Guarantee?

One of the toughest things to deal with as an adult is the concept that nothing in life is guaranteed. Except for death and taxes. And while I certainly despise paying taxes, my gut feeling is I would like death even less. This concept of “nothing being guaranteed” is so evident in sports. Jim Valvano, […]

Choices and Consequences

I am a huge believer in the concept of choices and consequences. Each of us has a choice in everything we do in life. Everything. Even with things beyond our control, we choose how we respond. And every choice we make has a consequence. Some consequences are good/positive and some are bad/negative. For some reason, […]

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