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Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Notes, observations, and commentary on basketball and coaching.
Monday, January 12, 2009
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.
If your best players are setting an example, it ma...
Tell me I can't do something, I'll show you that I...
When you have a losing team, you go to a winner
If you are going to lead, you try to lead with a s...
It's the execution of the skills necessary to make...
Very rarely do you get a chance to be a part of so...
The 33 Elements of Toughnesss
Everybody wants to have a purpose in life
Turning a routine practice session into a team-bui...
There is a problem, let's fix it
A good offense is an offense that gets to the free...
Your message should be constant
Lessons of competition and compassion
Less is more
Putting a premium on shot selection
An appreciation for preparation and persuasion
A belief that when the team flourishes, the indivi...
A star basketball surgeon who can diagnose and fix...
When it comes to discipline, it's more important t...
The nature of a routine
Injuries never lower expectations for a coach
It's not the Cub Scouts
With victory comes responsibility
Making the complex simple and the irregular regula...
The things you teach don't necessarily apply to ev...
The importance of staff continuity
Jumping out there and getting after people
You can't talk your way out of something you behav...
Lift weights if you want to be competitive on the ...
The challenge of coaching on an interim basis
His whole game is predicated on players playing fo...
A reminder written on a crumpled piece of paper
Taking players out of their comfort zone
Players want to be coached and they want to get be...
How playing without passion is disrespectful of th...
Fighting with one arm tied behind your back
What motivated him was the desire to teach and to ...
People will forget what you said, but they will ne...
The altitude advantage
Notes from Pete Carril's book, "The Smart Take Fro...
Leadership is everyone's responsibility
Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way t...
We have to out-defend people
Just coach your team
Evaluating a coach over several seasons, not sever...
The media has a job to do, just like you
Changing the game off the bench
You're looking for someone to pull his pants up an...
When you love the game, it's never a hardship
Work is not a variable; it's an attitude
Criticism comes with the territory
Changing a team's culture by changing its core
Defense gives more security to a coach than offens...
Coaching: A hard job, but an enjoyable one
The keys to shooting
You keep hammering away
If they're not going to bring the intensity, he's ...
A culture of coddling
Does he care about winning, or does he care about ...
You can't produce successful teams without develop...
What poor conditioning communicates to a team
Helping a team by not hurting it
The best leaders are masters of their emotions, no...
Sometimes it's better for the players to tell each...
You've got to be realistic about what you have and...
A player whose agenda is to make his teammates bet...
We're all in this dog pile together
A season's turning point
If there are 10 mops, I'm going to grab one and st...
Managing the clock
Getting a team mentally prepared for a big game
Look who's laughing now
Players basically want to win and do the most with...
You don't learn to swim until you get into the wat...
At 45 and with a family, job decisions get more co...
Searching for sources of improvement
Worrying about being productive versus being liked...
Regardless of your line of work, you have to get b...
There is only one ball and every player does somet...
Play the game, not the score
A captain is not a cheerleader
Defining roles for players
If you don't get in foul trouble, you're probably ...
The importance of an identity and style of play
Fear is what prevents people from growing
Be-Know-Do of leadership
It's amazing how much gets done when nobody's worr...
Energy off the bench
Falling into a trap
Seeing the whole picture
Making the extra pass always leads to an even more...
Catching a ball with your eyes closed
Screaming is not teaching
Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's recap
Being accountable to each other
No acclaim, just the right thing
Never satisfied, but not demeaning
The story behind the "What's Our Name?" slogan
The difference between collecting talent and build...
The players are the medium through which a coach e...