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Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Notes, observations, and commentary on basketball and coaching.
Friday, February 13, 2009
On the way to South America...
Headed to Brazil for a coaching clinic, but will continue to post.
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.
Leadership used to be about certainty; now it's ab...
We guard, we prepare, every possession means somet...
How playing a zone makes you feel like you're conc...
Confidence is as significant as anything in perfor...
I always want to get better
The only thing that's going to define individuals ...
Players change, and as a result, I've changed
Setting the bar high
We all have bad days at work
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being l...
It starts with the interns
That's what point guards do in this league
How goal-setting can spark a turnaround
Get through it, and you'll be better for it
Giving credit where credit is due
The result should never overshadow the process
Your best players need to be your decision-makers
A penchant for pressure
Ensuring your passion is helping your team
The anticipation of doing something should help yo...
Basketball's version of a corporate business retre...
Insight into the Princeton Offense
Using interviews to get at the "why" behind the "w...
6 Minutes, 50 Years
An enthusiastic person tends to inspire enthusiasm...
It comes back to players wanting to be great and t...
Roger Mason: One of those inspiring stories
Everything is not equal
Things change when you become the focal point of t...
The best coaches create the conditions for the tea...
Thanks to my friends in Brazil
Putting down expectations and theories on paper
Is team chemistry a "figment of the result"?
Under pressure, the goal should be to disengage th...
Climbing the ladder to improve free-throw shooting...
Everything rises and falls on leadership
Making investments in the lives of the players you...
The beauty of blame-busting
Remembering how bad it feels to lose
It's about making each other better
Passion: The key ingredient
The challenge for young point guards
You try to do the best you can
How ownership promotes accountability
Seeking feedback from players
Everything we do will be designed around cooperati...
26 Winning Basketball Principles
A more collaborative coach
It's hard to play defense when everybody is quiet
If you don't communicate, you'll never be a great ...
A pure shooter is a guy who's spent time in the gy...
There's still something in life for the people who...
Connecting basketball and business to build a bett...
Passing of Mike Whitmarsh
A vision is something that consumes you like a fir...
To play in this league is a privilege
Not much happens without a dream
Hard work makes up for a lot of things
Coaches are always worried that someone is outwork...
The definition of a "player's coach"
You should never lose by default
When he's on the court, all the pieces start to fi...
When you're the champs, the target is even bigger
Friendships off the court translate to unselfish p...
The way it is
How coaching is like the Wizard of Oz
There's not a letter you can put on your chest tha...
You're not going to be able to out-energize him
The only important statistic is the final score
Playing hard regardless of your record
Coaching is a constant sales job
How a fear of losing differs from a fear of playin...
Notes from Dick DeVenzio's book "Stuff Good Player...
Teams that are really good are very tough mentally...
The drill the Lakers hate the most
Basketball as medicine
Playing it all the way through
Leadership is something that develops over time
Stress: It's there and it's constant
I love the people in my life who have been hard on...
Setting a foundation for success
You can't coach well and lose and still feel good
Striking a balance between control and freedom
Taking lemons and making lemonade
There's only one pilot at a time
Protect the troops and they will protect you
You can't take a loss and hold on to it
Begging, borrowing, and stealing good ideas
Demonstrating that you're willing to work
On the way to South America...
When the ball moves, the offense is fun
The keys to shot-blocking
New pace marks culture change
You can't make trust, you can only make trust poss...
If you can out-prepare them, you can outperform th...
You have to want to be led
Improving execution down the stretch
An example of why you play the game, not the score...
The three myths of leadership
Dictating with defense and rebounding