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Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Notes, observations, and commentary on basketball and coaching.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
"Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning."
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day with your families.
Eric Musselman is head coach at the University of Nevada. Previously, he was the head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.
Using video to take an opponent out of his comfort...
The most physical three days of basketball
Doing things the right way
Golfing less, working more
Commitment is not a guarantee of anything, but it'...
It's a time of year when teams separate themselves...
Chemistry built upon a foundation of trust
How statistics can be misleading
Discipline means learning everything that helps us...
Recap of the UVA-Georgia Tech game
People make the best decisions when they feel they...
Every defense has a weakness
The virus of higher personal expectations
A college coach's obligation to his players
A locker room linchpin
Putting players in the best position to succeed
The pick-and-roll is universal
Allowing a team to take ownership of its goals
Making every decision about improving the team
Playing with the same intensity all of the time
The gift of a book
What do you plan on doing in 10 years?
Teaching by breaking down the game
The first thing kids want to do is play offense
Tex Winter's seven princicples of a sound offense
Moving out of the trees to see the forest
Putting young players through the workout of a Nav...
Coaching, like acting, is a "collaborative adventu...
You'll never see a man coach with as much passion ...
Staying focused while on the bench
Establishing a culture of work
Doing just enough not to get yelled at
Only a matter of time before he was going to be a ...
"Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning...
If mistakes are made, the teaching process is the ...
Mutual respect between player and coach
To get on the court, you have to defend
Steve Nash's 20-Minute Workout
Sometimes a player's impact on the game doesn't sh...
When thinking gets in the way of shooting
Notes from the Boise State-USD game
Experience: That most brutal of teachers
It's not what the coach knows, but what his player...
Proof that one bad apple spoils the bunch
A team plays how they're coached to play
Believing in a process
Preparing a team for postseason play
A coach's failure to retain enthusiasm for his wor...
Coach as confidant
It's always the simple that produces the marvelous...
If people feel you have their best interest at hea...
It comes down to chemistry and heart
Understanding what it takes to win
Being other-oriented vs self-oriented
Judging games on performance rather than wins and ...
Using TV as a tool
There's never a thing you do where a message is no...
Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is ac...
When transforming the defensive system, sometimes ...
It's about the right spot and the right angles
Nobody is immune to getting yelled at
Knowing how to kick them in the rear and kiss them...
Assessing problems, considering solutions, and imp...
A player with an innate understanding of spatial r...
Bringing a team closer together
Ensuring that every player has a chance to contrib...
Practices designed to get a team better in game si...
The three keys to longevity as a pro coach
A lot of coaching in the NBA is fixing holes
When it comes to coaches and refs, "oftentimes, th...
Optimism and the "persistence instinct"
How a winning team differs from a losing one
Never having two bad games in a row over 19 season...
You just do your job and when the time comes, some...
Doing things better than they've ever been done be...
Player movement with a purpose
Commitment is knowing how you can affect the team ...
Understanding your audience -- whether pros or tee...
Distractions became distractions when you don't ad...
An example of the specialization of basketball coa...
When the ball gets into the paint, there's going t...
A plan for earning more minutes
When you create something, it's a lot more positiv...
Changing your sermon to win over the congregation
Competition is what drives all of us
Words are words, promises are promises, but only p...
It's a chess match
Rest is a weapon
It's a matter of getting the reins, but with the c...
Shot quantity vs shot quality
Being a defensive stopper is about more than steal...
Recreating chemistry takes time
Knowing the temperament of each individual player
The value of energy
Having the courage to try something new
A strong belief in fundamentals
Honoring a mentor and friend
It's the four guys behind the guy guarding the bal...
Moving into the "CEO role"