“Right now (our mental approach) is not good. Especially to start the game and we are getting too many, ‘My bad’s’ and when you get two or three ‘My bad’s’ from each individual, it adds up. Guys don’t understand. You can say, ‘My bad’, but we want to be a championship level team and we can’t have 15 ‘My bad’s” in the first half.”
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“I wanted us to fight, and I thought our guys did. It was our ability to defend and rebound (that did it).”
“In order to be great, the game of basketball is not easy. You have to have a mindset that you want to outwork your opponent.”
“They’ve got to understand how important each possession is.”
“You can have a great defensive team if your guys give effort, if they communicate, if they trust that help will be there. If you do all those things and you have some physical toughness and mental toughness, you can be a great defensive team.”
“The willingness to do, creates the ability to do.”
Mike Brown finding employment in Los Angeles is a very good hire. The guy’s a winner, he’s a grinder and he’s a good guy. Sure maybe Brian Shaw, Lakers assistant should’ve had the job but I think they want a fresh start at Staples. No more triangle offense. Curious to see how Kobe Bryant plays. Of course Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, both of ESPN, Brown’s last employer praise the hire. What do ya think they would do, bash it? By the way, did Brown have to fill out an application when he applied for the job? Did he have to show his social security card and provide drivers license too?
Have to love this quote from Van Gundy during last night’s telecast of Thunder-Mavericks. “Playoff basketball is all about winning and losing.” Huh?
While I’m on the subject of announcers, here’s another dandy from Jackson, also from the game last night, “Defending (James) Harden in the open court is like trying to guard Manu and LeBron James.” Oh no he didn’t!
Dirk Nowitzki is in the gym every night during the playoffs; so says his head coach Rick Carlisle. I believe him. This guy has been very good in the playoffs. His footwork on the catch is unreal; it would make the late Pete Newell smile. Everyone always likes to talk about shooting form. Every coach under the sun will give you their take on how to shoot the ball; there’s many different ways to shoot it. Dirk has a weird way of shooting, most of the time. He’s off-balance. Or, he likes to shoot off one foot. Imagine taking a kid in the gym and teaching him how to shoot like that? I’m ok with it though, I’m all about reps, the more you shoot, the better the shot gets. That’s what Dirk does, he shoots it the same way 24-7. I bet this summer at camps all around the country, coaches will be teaching kids the “Dirk”. Then everyone, including Herb Welling will be asking for the notes.
I wish TNT had the coverage of next month’s NBA Finals. Can we make that happen or what?
I have to start studying all the eligible players for the draft that is coming up. Is everyone so sure about the point guard from Duke, Kyrie Irving as the first pick?
Twitter has been very good to me. I have met some great people (not in person). But there are many wonderful minds tweeting their thoughts on the NBA playoffs. Once again, I tweeted it and now I’ll blog it; Kris Humphries, come on man!
Poor Doris Burke, the Western Conference finals have not been good to her this week. By the way, how did Rick Barry get a microphone for the Mavericks on-court championship celebration?
In last night’s close-out game, the final 8 minutes were not good to the Thunder. 6 turnovers and your best player (Durant) shooting 2-4 from field. The cat needs more FGA’s than that down the stretch. OKC will be back though, they are very young. That is, if they keep their key guys. Last night’s shooting from the field: Russell Westbrook 11-28, Kevin Durant 8-20, James Harden 7-11, Dirk Nowitzki 8-15.
Will someone please tell me why in high school and college basketball that when you fall down in possession of the ball it’s a travel but not in the NBA?
This past Monday at a press conference for the basketball Hall of Fame inductees, Jim Nantz, who was the M.C this night said Chris Mullin is from the Bronx. Not a god thing. Guy is from Brooklyn, big difference.
Greg Anderson is coaching youth baseball? Is that a good thing or bad thing? Anderson was the trainer for Barry Bonds and went to jail when he failed to testify about Bonds’ steroid use. In 2005 Anderson pleaded guilty to distributing steroids. He served 3 months in prison for that crime and spent a year behind bars for refusing to testify.
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Sad story on a coach who passed away last month. Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports writes about Scott Lang a coach who loved his job and gave everything he had. You just never know when it will all end. So embrace your job, don’t take it for granted. Get the most out of every minute.
Scott Lang was 41 years old when he died last month. He was not married. He had no children. He spent almost all of his adult life as the basketball coach at La Roche College, a tiny Division III school in the north hills just above Pittsburgh. He had an apartment and eventually a house but he might as well have lived in his office at the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center, the one he kept tidy with each picture perfectly lined on the wall and every file in order on his desk.
A Michigan assistant coach keeps notes and notes and notes. Lavall Jordan former Butler player on his way to improve in coaching via Ann Arbor.com. I have known Lavall for a few years, he’s one of the good guys in coaching.
The small, spiral-bound notebooks sit in Michigan basketballassistant coach LavallJordan’s home office.
They have traveled with him through three coaching stops and contain recollections of seasons past, reminders of how certain situations were handled and tidbits he heard from coaches.
“Just a collection,” Jordan said. “Something happens and you make a memo and you probably don’t look at it then. But if you’re in a similar situation or doing something that reminds you (of something), you go back and go, ‘Oh, I think I wrote something down.’”
The Indiana Pacers fired their coach-are they looking at Mike Brown, former Cavs coach? Yahoo once again is our reliable source.
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has heard from multiple sources that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, who once worked as an assistant coach for the Pacers, “will be a primary focus of the search to replace O’Brien on a long-term basis.”
Great Q&A with Jim Fassal via Las Vegas Sun.
From a football standpoint, it’s the same. The competitiveness, the intensity of it, the feeling … it’s the same. The only difference is that the world is watching the Super Bowl. But once you kick that ball off, as a coach, you’re just honed homed in on, “What have I gotta do? What have I gotta do?” It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the Super Bowl or the UFL Championship, as a coach, you still feel the same juice.
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