From the Bench

Lessons learned from the MJ doc, ‘The Last Dance’

The spring of 2020 was a challenging one for basketball fans, players, and coaches. Both the men and women's NCAA tournaments were canceled. The NBA s... more »

Lawsuit seeks Zion Williamson to admit family was paid for his Duke tenure

Former Duke star basketball forward and current NBA rookie Zion Williamson is caught in the middle of a lawsuit for receiving financial benefits from ... more »

Using statistics in planning ahead

At the end of each season, coaches find themselves in a reflective mode. They look back at the season and can recall various events. While they have t... more »

Transformational over transactional coaching

Recently I heard the phrase “be a transformational coach” as opposed to being a “transactional coach.” What is the difference between the ... more »

9 effective teaching methods for coaches

Productive coaches spend 75% of their time teaching the sport to their players and the other 25% of the time coaching. With younger athletes, this gap... more »

8 winning concepts programs must adopt

Field goal percentage, rebound margin, points off turnovers — these are all critical areas basketball teams must address to improve their chances of... more »

Better blueprints for running a successful basketball program

One facet of coaching that must be addressed more often is the process of establishing a successful program. The product of all your hard work, of cou... more »

12 qualities of great basketball teams

Last season was very gratifying for me, as I was able to return to basketball as a scout. While my focus was to gather the necessary information for m... more »

Preparation strategies for the game’s final minutes

As a young coach, I had the pleasure of hearing Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown speak at a clinic. During his talk, he stressed the importance of the g... more »

Decision training on your team pays huge dividends

"Come on, guys! Make better decisions!" How many times as fans, players, or even coaches have we heard or used this statement? Coaches demand that pl... more »

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