“You have a professional responsibility to be a positive teammate and continue to work hard.”
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“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)
David Mayo of M-Live on Lawrence Frank, head coach of the Detroit Pistons on honesty with the players.
“I think it’s important that guys don’t just know their role, they know each other’s role,” he said. “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,” he said. “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.”
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Checked out a lot of games from around the NBA Wednesday night.
I also watched a big one in college basketball; IU and Michigan State on the Big 10 Network in East Lansing. Gus Johnson was doing the play-by-play, this makes the game a lot more enjoyable.
The Spartans came out with the hard fought victory, 80-65.
Both teams played hard, everyone competed, they ran the floor fast, guys shared the ball and displayed a never give up attitude.
The Hoosiers shot 9 free-throws for the game, MSU attempted 22.
I love Hooiser guard Victor Oladipo. He plays with energy, defends and attacks the basket with authority. Great body language too.
Keith Appling of MSU scored 25 points. The former Pershing High scoring machine is tough.
Christian Watford put up 26 for the Hoosiers and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls, two guys that have been big for IU in their great start were quiet all night; thanks to MSU’s tough defense. Zeller was 2-5 for 4 points; Hulls 2-10.
An odd stretch in the game had MSU jumping out to an 18 point lead in the first half but then trailing by 9 in the second half. It’s rare you see that at the Breslin.
When IU head coach Tom Crean was an assistant coach under Tom Izzo at MSU, he was responsible for recruiting MSU current assistant coach Dane Fife. The former Clarkston native elected to attend school in Bloomington and play for Bob Knight.
Things don’t get any easier for Indiana they face Ohio State Saturday at home.
Denny Schwarze of the Lansing State Journal on the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Spartans have now won 12 straight games. Hoosiers winning streak of 12 was snapped.
Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit on the Detroit Pistons 105-89 loss last night to the Cleveland Cavaliers…at home. Here’s Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank:
“When things aren’t going well for us offensively, it’s tough,” Frank admitted. “We surrender a little bit to the things going on during the course of the game. That’s what we’re going to have to learn to fight because offense comes and goes, that’s the reality of the game. But defense has to be a constant.”
Steve Weiberg of USA Today on the power of the college coach.
Schools are checking their checks and balances. “I think everybody is doing a reassessment,” Miami (Fla.) President Donna Shalala says. The NCAA‘s president, Mark Emmert, suggests it should step in with new rules that would keep coaches from butting into admissions, discipline and other areas that are supposed to be university business.
“The strain between modern-day intercollegiate athletics and the modern-day university … has very gradually escalated over the last 25 years,” says Stan Ikenberry, once a vice president at Penn State and a former president of the American Council on Education.
“The power coach is a major dimension of that — football and men’s basketball coaches who’ve had a record of success over a number of years and have developed a fan base and, at times, they begin to overshadow the institution itself.”
John Thompson fit that profile at Georgetown, winning 596 games and an NCAA championship in 27 seasons before retiring as the Hoyas’ basketball coach in 1999.
“Those people you’re talking about worked very hard to get that kind of loyalty, to get that kind of respect, to get that kind of admiration. And most of them are deserving of it,” he says. “But at what point do you say enough is enough? “
Speaking of John Thompson and Georgetown, his son beat Louisville last night 71-68 giving the Cards their first loss of the season. The Hoyas are 11-1.
Baylor moved to 13-0 with their victory last night over Mississippi State.
Did you know Dominick McGuire plays for the Golden State Warriors? His head coach Mark Jackson said, ”We have guys that can score the basketball, but more importantly we’re going to defend.” McGuire did a good job off the bench at the defensive end; especially on Carmelo Anthony (3-13 from field)
Fab Melo blocked 10 shots as the Syracuse Orange beat Seton Hall. The Cuse is 14-0.
LeBron James scored 35 points last night in a 96-95 win over the Bobcats. He grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Does anyone see how impressive that stat line is? No because all you do is wait for James to do something wrong.
Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun on the Rebels’ 124-75 win over Central Arkansas.
One of the first stats UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice looks at when analyzing the box score after each game is the ratio of assists to field goals made.
On Wednesday, it’s pretty safe to say those numbers jumped off the stats sheet.
In a 124-75 blowout victory against visiting Central Arkansas, the Rebels unofficially had 40 assists on 47 field goals made and shot 67 percent — numbers that mean Rice’s transition offense is working to near perfection.
Against the Warriors last night, Tyson Chandler in a Knicks loss 92-78 scored 2 points, passed for 2 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. He also fouled out. It’s the 41st time the former Dominquez High big man has committed 6 fouls in an NBA game. The late Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game in his entire career.
Mike Bibby is the Knicks back-up point guard. The former Arizona Wildcat is wearing jersey number 20. His dad, Henry played for the Knicks back in the 1970′s and wore # 14.
Karl Malone, in 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz missed a total of 10 games.
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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports with his take on Carmelo Anthony’s opinion of how things are going with lockout.
Beyond the scoring, beyond the stats, Carmelo Anthony(notes) has never understood the responsibilities of a franchise star. The easy parts of the job always appealed to him, but never the grind of accountability, leadership. Suddenly, he’s searching for someone to make the Players Association’s case, and that campaign could’ve started long ago with the man in the mirror.
“I don’t think we’re getting our message out there,” Anthony told reporters over the weekend. “The owners are definitely doing a great job getting their message out. They have David Stern and the owners, we only have Derek Fisher.”
Spurs Nation on Bruce ‘Bowtie’ Bowen and his thoughts on the lockout.
When last the NBA commissioner characterized the status of the league’s talks with the players union, David Stern called the gap separating the two sides “a gulf.”
From his cozy spot in retirement, former Spurs forward Bruce Bowen has a foot on each side of that gulf.
“I understand what it’s like to lose money; I’ve had a business that lost money,” Bowen said Friday, referring to his Yardley’s Spa and Salon, which shuttered earlier this year. “But I also understand, as a player, you only have a certain window to make money in the NBA. So I’ve been on both sides of it.”
However, when it comes to discussing the NBA lockout, which already has erased the preseason and two weeks of the regular season and, as of Monday, began involving a federal mediator, Bowen sounds less like a business owner or a player.
And more like a fan.
“It’s time,” Bowen said. “It’s time for both sides to come together. Both sides have to give. If they don’t give, nobody wins.”
MN Daily.com on the Minnesota Gophers having to pay a basketball coach a lot of money. Tubby Smith was going to hire him as an assistant but it never worked out.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld Monday a judgment that the University of Minnesota must pay Jimmy Williams $1 million after head basketball coach Tubby Smith wrongly promised him an assistant coaching job in 2007.
The court dismissed the University’s appeal of a Hennepin County jury’s decision from May 2010 that Smith misrepresented his authority to offer Williams a job on his coaching staff when Smith came to the University in 2007.
University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg said he is looking into appealing the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The University has 30 days to appeal.
“This amount is clearly excessive,” Rotenberg said. “Even if you assume he’s out two years of income, you don’t get $1 million for that. That’s valuable public funds he is getting.”
LA Times with a Q&A with Jerry West.
In “West By West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,” to be released this week, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer, newly hired as special advisor to the Golden State Warriors, reveals the dark drama that swirled around and within him during his legendary run in Los Angeles.
He writes of beatings and an absence of love being raised by his father, Howard, in West Virginia; of the Korean War death of his immensely kind brother, David; and of fighting the demons of depression and insecurity during both the lows of repeated NBA Finals losses to the Boston Celtics as a player and the highs of his last title as GM.
Detroit Free Press on Lawrence Frank’s mentor who passed away.
“He was the one who gave me a chance,” Frank told the Record. “Even though I wasn’t good enough to make the team, he made me a member of the team and taught me a lot about the game.”
Frank added, “What stands out most was that Coach Mazziotta was a person of character and integrity. … At the heart of it, he was an outstanding teacher, and his ability to connect and challenge in the classroom and on the court made him an outstanding coach.”
NorthJersey.com with a story on L-Frank’s mentor Frank Mazziotta.
An emphasis on fundamentals paid off for Mr. Mazziotta’s squads. He took over a forlorn Teaneckprogram in 1966 and built a winner by 1970, when the Highwaymen captured their first Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League championship.
Under Mr. Mazziotta, Teaneck won four Bergen Jamborees, none more exciting than in 1979. In the final against Hackensack, Teaneck pulled even with a three-point play with 6 seconds left in regulation. Tony Campbell, a future Los Angeles Laker, scored 12 of Teaneck’s 14 points in overtime, sealing an 85-78 victory.
Slam Magazine has an interesting issue on the newsstand. They compare players from today to back in the day.
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