From the Bench

Charting summer progress builds better players

To get your players primed for next season, you’ve got to make sure that they’re working hard in both the offseason and summer. During that time, ... more »

A season in the stands

Observations after taking a year off from coaching basketball After 21 years as a basketball coach, I was afforded the opportunity to take a season o... more »

Motivating Moments: Can you force players to be committed?

Commitment is the soul of teams everywhere. Without it, it's impossible to find success, regardless of talent. And with it, teams that might lack the ... more »

Motivating Moments: Ray Allen’s top-level preparation

Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." You can bet that was never an issue with NBA Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen.... more »

Don Meyer’s 7 ways coaches lose games

Don Meyer is among college basketball’s winningest coaches, but he also knew a thing or two about losing. In 2010, Winning Hoops spoke with Meyer... more »

8 strategies for developing as an assistant coach

To be a successful athlete, a player seeks the guidance of a good coach. Likewise, for a coach to find success, they need the support of an experience... more »

Strong feeder systems bring long-term success

The job of a varsity high school basketball coach can best be compared to an iceberg. The most visible part of a coach’s job is leading the team ... more »

Kobe Bryant shares thoughts on coaching, learning

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was the headline speaker Tuesday at The Aspen Institute's 2018 Project Play Summit. During his conversation with K... more »

Teaching proper shooting fundamentals

Footwork, finishing develop a player’s scoring abilities  In order to teach young players the proper fundamentals of shooting the basketball, we ... more »

5 ways to combat the preseason grind

From August to November, our basketball team is in the preseason grind. If we’re all honest with ourselves, by the time October rolls around we’re... more »


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