Tag: NBA

What Level Are You Preparing Your Athletes To Play At?

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” —Albert Einstein Think about this quote for a second and ask yourself, does this thought apply to the way you develop an athlete? To borrow a thought from writer/teacher/coach/mentor, Dick DeVenzio, I continually ask athletes, to ask themselves, …

Being An Elite Athlete: “It Looks Like Peace, But It’s War”

ESPN’s True Hoop posted a very interesting article called: Being an Elite Athlete: “It Looks Like Peace, But It’s War”. Author Henry Abbott makes a very interesting comparison between drafting an athlete in the NBA and the qualities that comprise successful Ethiopian marathon runner, Haile Gebrselassie. Some of this article speaks to motivation, but it …

The Nature Of Memory

There’s a big difference, to me, between coaching-speak and athlete-speak. Similarly, between scientific babble and real-talk. All the stuff I wrote on neural pathways is classic science-talk. My apologies. I don’t enjoy writing or speaking like that. Allow me to rephrase. … In Made To Stick, they ask readers to give some thought to the …

Basketball Lessons From ‘Iron Chef’

I love cooking shows. And… I think that much about coaching can be related to being a top chef. For years, a program called Iron Chef was my late night TV fix. (I’m talking the original Asian version with English voice over. The sensationalized US version just isn’t the same). During college, at 12:30am that …

Teaching Vision In Basketball

The NYTimes.com featured and article, “It’s a Vision Thing for Nash in Soccer and Basketball.”  To be frank, it’s not an overly enticing read, but what jumped out to me was something that I’ve been toiling with at length for quite some time: vision.  And, how to teach it. In the article, Claudio Reyna, long-time …