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Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Notes, observations, and commentary on basketball and coaching.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Coaching Better Basketball
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Eric Musselman is the former head coach of the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
Practicing on holidays
Trusting your players
The essence of "team"
Leading by playing with heart
With communication comes clarity
Being honest with yourself is first step in rebuil...
Understanding the effort and intensity to play goo...
Lakers success starts with defense
If you're not more talented than somebody, you can...
When your team reaches championship level, the sep...
Jimmy Patsos' strategy for stopping Stephen Curry
Doing the right things and doing them first
Learning how to sound calm
Who wants to look at a leader who's a grouch and a...
An NBA player who practices after a game
Measuring the objectives that give you a chance to...
If you just stick with it, you can do most things
A coach's opportunity for fellowship with his play...
Comebacks begin with positive energy
A sign that you're focused and concentrating
Willing to pay the price to be great
Larry Brown's ideal roster
As you lead so shall you reap
A message of "relentless effort"
A sounding board for issues big and small
Dealing with close losses
No priority is more important than building confid...
Why Derrick Rose will be among the NBA's best for ...
When players become an extension of the coaching s...
In praise of the inbounds passer
If you haven't had your butt beat, then you're not...
A commitment to finding solutions when confronted ...
Loyalty becomes a challenge when things aren't goi...
The saddest thing in life is wasted talent
Upgrading the bottom of the roster
Winning is a bonding opportunity
Let this job dictate your next job
A new level of seriousness
Treating guys like strong men who are accountable ...
Experience is the wheel that grinds and hones
A unique level of communication
Giving a team something positive off the bench
An example of getting the most out of your opportu...
Three mistakes to avoid when hiring a staff
Convincing your team that they're still alive
Wisdom from Coach Pete Newell
The problem with treading water
A contrast in chemistry
Scouting San Diego, Reno, ASU, and SDSU
You can't perform at the highest level if you have...
Making up for athleticism with angles, passing, ti...
Being selective in your leadership
A lack of commitment deprives you of team membersh...
Acknowledging problems in order to correct them
A new sense of life
Seeing shades of Vince Carter in USC's DeRozan
Allowing your assistants to do their jobs
Playing above your mistakes
2008 Hoops Ideology
Part of our identity was missing
Creatures of habit
It's tough to develop when you're wearing street c...
I don't think integrity needs rules
Living in the moment
Every team should have a "piano player"
UCLA v Miami (OH) at Pauley
Building your own pyramid of success
Some guys have it and some guys don't
It's where I should be, it's what I should be doin...
The team is only as strong as the commitment of it...
When you sit in the head coach's seat, suggestions...
Keys to offensive efficiency
A case of being too loyal
Holding every player to the same standard
It's about slowing down to go fast
Two hours of organized chaos with Coach Calipari
Notes from the USD coaching clinic
The hardest part of rebuilding is changing the min...
A coach's influence beyond basketball
A tactic for ensuring players know their roles
The importance of optimism
Why some people succeed and some don't
Key differences between Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y
Holding players accountable for their defense
Surrounding yourself with those who complement you...
In his mind, he still doesn't think he's quite goo...
To be a complete player, you have to play great de...
A system that allows players to take advantage of ...
Knowing who the boss is
A gold watch and a freezing pond
If someone doesn't step up, things tend to sprial ...
When you don't do your job, it should hurt
Living in the "now"
Basketball as meditation
Coach Bro and the point-forward
Distilling sport to its fundamental movements
Maximizing the possibility of something good happe...
How to know when a program has turned around
The key to expanding your knowledge is reading
A young player and his mentor
To finish is even greater than to start
The junk around the gym is getting bigger and heav...
The mindset required to get back to the Finals
Swing your sword
When you're angry, you say things you don't mean
The value of any job is determined by the relation...
Minutes are not a gift
A player's desire to get the ball
Creating an environment conducive to winning
Changing the environment
Getting the right people on the bus
I won't tolerate people who don't work and hustle
How a game is like a test in college
Players who put up big numbers might not do the ot...
Rocks in the lake
I want guys to play hard, play with passion, play ...
Managing playing time
Confidence is something you can control
Taking responsibility for your behavior
In search of "energizers"
How failure leads to success
Finding an identity
What matters is that they're playing at home
Channeling competiveness in a postive way
Looking at the bigger picture of what you're tryin...
The psychology of intrinsic motivation
Getting players to take ownership
Every minute on the court was declaration of war o...
The manifestation of emotional investment
Notes on defensive stops
Emphasizing "disciplined creativity"
Knowing how your role players fit around your star...
Bill Self's 3-2 High-Low Motion Offense
When playing Boston, quick contested shots, turnov...
Coaching Better Basketball
Adding emotion to the plan
What's more important, skill or talent?
The relationship between coach and GM