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Almost Made It…

This is post number One Hundred and Four! 104 is a milestone for me because it marks two full years of blog posts. But two years since my first post was last week – and I didn’t publish a post. If there was one benefit of the quarantine that hatched this blog, it was that…

Special Situations: The Perfect Miss

While some of the circumstances that befall teams in high-leverage games are truly unpredictable, others can be expected and rehearsed. Buzzer beaters, broken faces, season-ending meltdowns, meltdowns immediately followed by resurgences, and historic individual performances have all been a part of this year’s NBA Playoffs. You would be forgiven for chalking up the craziness to…

A Lesson From The Boomers

It has been about nine months since the night the Aussie Boomers made Australian basketball history. August 7th, 2021 Asking how they got to this date might help us learn from the group that pushed Australian basketball over the hump and unlocked the brightest of futures. With a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, their…

Game Management: Calling Timeouts

Coaching interventions in practice are quite different from those that occur in games. Limitless ability to stop play on the practice floor frees coaches to highlight specific situations and align individuals with team strategy whenever they see fit. Come game time, coaches must be much more selective with their stoppages which means it is essential…

“Yes and…” Thinking: Teaching Motion Through Improv

I was blissfully unaware that my enjoyment of a tv comedy where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter would spark a different way to think about teaching motion offense. Sometimes a new way to think about an old idea is all you need to make things click. At the height of his coaching…

The Top 10%

Welcome to post number 100! Milestones and round numbers tend to get some love in the sporting world. I thought the 100th post would be a good opportunity to review which topics have garnered the most interest and to re-share some of the posts that seem to be most valuable for others. I am lucky…

Decision Making and Delegating

Decisions, decisions… As leaders start to oversee more people, projects, and problems, the number of decisions they are directly and indirectly responsible for increases exponentially. Delegating decisions is one way to reduce the number of actions or decisions you are directly responsible for. But the option to delegate a task or decision – or not…

Geno Auriemma: Leading Winning Teams

I recently received a thoughtful gift from great friends – a subscription to MasterClass.  Accessing the insight of the best in their respective fields is pretty amazing. There is so much to try and take in… it can be quite overwhelming! With a literal universe of information available, it is easy to feel like I…

Decision Making: What Separates and What Matters

There is a feeling associated with some things, places, and people that separates them from the rest. The feeling isn’t easily put into words because it is just that – a feeling. The aura that surrounds the classy restaurant, the hottest device, and the most revered people is immediately felt as soon as you sit…

Matisse Thybulle: Off-Ball Disruptor

At the end of the previous post, I (not so subtly) hinted that 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle’s defensive impact is not limited to his on-ball shenanigans. You would think that intense hand pressure, nimble screen navigation, and constant pursuit of ball-handlers is more than enough disruption for one defensive phenom… but it’s not – not…

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