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Eric Musselman's Basketball Notebook
Notes, observations, and commentary on basketball and coaching.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Giving Twitter a shot
Just created a
account. Looking forward to trying it out while at the WCC tourney in Las Vegas this weekend:
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.
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Learning the intricacies of the midrange game
Only a small percentage of young guys can come int...
Forcing it when it shouldn't be forced
A coach who's a friend, but not a buddy
Staying tuned in to the basketball channel
Stay the course; trust the course
Those are my players
Either you use an experience to make you better or...
The only way you can get commitment is through tru...
What makes one person a champion and the other one...
It's called growing up
Shaq changes his workouts to extend his career
The function of basketball is penetration
Trying to make your opponent uncomfortable
You can give it everything and still lose, yet it'...
Difference-makers in the NCAA, NIT tournaments
Are you willing to bet on yourself?
A team that's unafraid
If you're looking for someone to follow, why not f...
The need for a "killer instinct"
There's always teaching to be done
You think you're tough, but are you really tough?
One AD's list of requirements for prospective coac...
Real coaching is teaching people to play the game ...
A coach who doesn't take plays off
The most critical decision for me becoming who I a...
A bigger, stronger Stephen Jackson
I would never expect a great coach to try to do so...
Changing coaches as priorities change
It's exceptional when you find a role player who's...
Learning about attention to detail
When you have a height advantage, "the farther awa...
In winning and losing there are no politics -- onl...
A "non-traditional" coaching candidate who finally...
Avoiding the trap of tailspin
Managing the home crowds' energy
It comes down to how hard you want to work
Your coaching philosophy: The sum total of all yo...
I was not allowed to quit when things got tough
Pick one: Coach, officiate, or play
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living som...
A basketball player sent on the court with rusty f...
Looking for people with convictions who can influe...
Veterans provide knowledge; young players bring th...
The benefits of a point-forward
Giving players boundaries, parameters, direction, ...
As small things cumulate, bigger things will happe...
You can't stay in the basketball game if you're no...
Defense is all about desire; it has nothing to do ...
Your GM gives you 12 players; you've got to make i...
How do you spend the 24 hours in the day?
You always have to be ready, no matter what the ci...
How coaching is like painting a fence
It boils down to people and how they work and how ...
A player-coach team is a lot better than a coach-c...
Notes from the WCC tournament in Las Vegas
Hire big people who are better than you
The better you get, the more you raise your standa...
Trust what is simple
Playing HORSE with Larry Bird
Players allow you to coach them
The importance of ensuring the high quality of pra...
Two keys to success when inbounding: Detail and e...
Developing genuine relationships key part of recru...
Telling you things the way they needed to be said
You had to be better than you'd ever been
Looking for guys who have "gotten over themselves"...
The people who restrict themselves on time will ne...
Giving Twitter a shot
As a QB, you can't worry about being liked
Providing your players with candid feedback
A "poor me" attitude shows you don't have control ...
Coach always said...
Don't do things that take energy away from the tea...
The breakdown of individual egos and the reassembl...
The "see" and "listen" of concentration
Wanting to win as long as I can keep doing what I ...
It's the coach's job to know who needs more struct...
All you can do as a coach is ask players to give w...
Who is your "chemistry coach"?
A lot of people talk about leadership; not that ma...
When evaluating point guards, the key is whether t...
Improvement in any sport depends on physiology, te...
Take advantage of your strengths and hide your wea...
Improving your strengths
Being negative is a habit
Tracking a team's effort
18 Old-School Values
Everyone is on one page
Can a team "peak" too soon?
God didn't bless me with athleticism; he blessed m...
WCC postseason honors
On defense, you have to get up and get into people...
It's easy to come back, but hard to come back and ...
Sacrificing for the betterment of the team
Being a defensive guy is what sets you apart
Allowing players to see the human side of their co...
Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn,...
Don't get upset at things you can't change