There are some important lessons in the article. Here are a few examples.
How do you persuade young people on a basketball team to practice and play consistently with a high energy level? How do you get individual players to pull-together and play as one on the basketball court? How do you get players with different desires and interests to "buy into" the goals of the team? Quite simply - you lead them.
It is very important for you to create an environment where there is a sense of security for your players to grow and develop as highly skilled basketball players. When the environment is safe, players play with more confidence, more energy, and with more passion. Coaches who yell, scream, threaten, and punish players for making an honest mistake (missed shot, bad pass, poor decision on the court, etc.) stifle the growth and development of their players. "I can't stand a ballplayer who plays in fear. Any fellow who has a good shot has got to take it and keep taking it. So he misses - so what?" -- Coach Red Auerbach
The difference between a good basketball coach and a great one is not basketball knowledge. It comes down to passion - passion for the game of basketball and passion for coaching. Signs of passion are love, enthusiasm, excitement, energy, going the "extra mile," etc... Get excited about the opportunity to coach and lead young people. Coaching basketball is a noble and honorable task. "The key to coaching is not what you do, but the way you do it. The intangibles, the motivational parts of the game are the most important facets of it." -- Coach Rick Pitino
Good coaches know that every player can be motivated, but every player is motivated differently. The key is learning how to best motivate each player on your team. "You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it's a pat on the back, for another it's eating him out, for still another it's a fatherly talk, or something else. You're a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike." -- Coach Paul Bear Bryant
In conclusion, the goal of a great basketball coach is to influence his players and his team in a positive way. To accomplish this goal, basketball coaches must continually grow and develop as leaders.From my perspective, we have our fair share of young players, but we don't have a young player's coach. EG's position on this issue is that Flip's record speaks for itself. But that misses the point.