“When things aren’t going well for us offensively, it’s tough. Offense comes and goes, that’s the reality of the game. But defense has to be a constant.”
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“I think it’s important that guys don’t just know their role, they know each other’s role. I think you just address it. When you have a family, when you have a brotherhood, you handle things in the circle. I think it’s just being honest, good and bad, put yourself out there. The smartest guys I know are NBA players. You’re not fooling them. So whether it’s something they did wrong, or something they did right, if it’s not pointed out, they know. And they know that you’re avoiding it.”
“You have a professional responsibility to be a positive teammate and continue to work hard.”
“It’s not about getting the ball and getting your touches, it’s about getting stops. The two games we’ve won we’ve seen a defensive commitment and that’s what it has to be about. We all have to do our part, starting with me, to make sure we’re accountable.”
Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press on L-Frank and the Pistons getting after it.
“That’s how you do it. I mean how do you overcome things that you normally haven’t done? It’s by doing it one time and doing it the next time, doing it a third. If you have a mentality that ‘I can’t do it, it’s too hard, it’s not fair, it’s not right for me, it’s not in my best interest,’ it’s hard to ever overcome adversity.”
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: King’s college coach Ray Mears had this to say about the freshman from Brooklyn; “He shows me something different every day. Some of the things I’ve never seen anybody do.”
1-Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press talks U of Michigan defense for the upcoming season. “The idea behind spending so much time on defense is simple — we want to get out and run,” Josh Bartelstein wrote. “The only way to run is to get stops on defense. Our defense is going to lead to our offense. If you think about our best wins last year — home against Wisconsin, Purdue on the road and then Michigan State at home — we really got in a stance and locked guys up.”
2-Mike Hutton of the Post-Tribune doesn’t think the high school coach should be a person that works in the building anymore: I’m not smart enough to figure out the mechanics for separating the basketball and football jobs from the rest of the athletic department but the way I envision it goes something like this: Each school has a director of basketball or football and they implement the system across the district. Directors have a staff and get a percentage of the gate to help fund salaries. They might have to fundraise —or the school might have to hire a fundraiser to help them support the product — similar to the collegiate model.
There are multiple ways to get there —some schools have already found the way by creating jobs that are really coach speak for football coach. The point is, it’s time to start thinking about how to get there and stop believing that coaches are in the game to teach.
3-Detroit Free Press staff on two women basketball players from Michigan State University will be suspended nine games.
4-Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press on Lawrence Frank and his thoughts on his team as they get closer to training camp. The conditioning aspect is important, but just (as important is) the work they’re putting in as far as skill development and playing and being around each other and developing some camaraderie and chemistry and to enjoy each other,” Frank said.
5-Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post on Denver Nuggets trainer Steve Hess and his workout with the players.
I came across an interview with Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank in ‘Detroit Pistons Courtside Quarterly: Summer of 2012 Issue.
On what he does in the off-season:
“I meet with high school, college and International coaches.”
Frank’s his hardest critic; oftentimes pointing jokes at himself:
“You don’t need to toot your own horn. I don’t take myself too seriously.
If he’s not at the Pistons practice facility he can be found?
“At Starbucks early in the morning.”
On watching the NBA playoffs and using plays he sees other teams run:
“Never be prideful that your way is the only way.”
On his path in coaching:
“Every stop has been the best job I’ve ever had.”
Coaches he admires outside of basketball?
“Bill Parcells. Any coach you reach out to for guidance and advice is always very helpful. If you make the call, they are willing to help.”
Routines that help him get over a tough loss:
Consistency. You can’t let the wins and losses get to you. You need to study film to see what we did well and what we need to work on. Then present the good, bad and ugly to the team the next day.”
The origin of his catch phrase “Earn Your Way Everyday”:
“No matter what your job is, there are no shortcuts.”
On what stat he thinks his team needs to improve on this year?
“There is not one stat to improve upon. Everything we do has to be towards building a championship culture and we need to continue doing that.”
Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank with his thoughts on coaching.
Competence: You have got to know what you’re doing.
Work Ethic: You have to bring it every day, just like the players.
Sincerity and honesty: Tell it the way it is.
Reliability: The players have to be able to count on you every day. Be prepared so you can put the players in a position to succeed. If you can help others succeed, your age means nothing. All players want to do is learn and succeed and they don’t care who gets them there.
(Taken from “The Ultimate Coaches’ Clinic” By Pat Williams)