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How Coaches Undermine Mental Toughness

A victim's mentality is poison to winning. Why? Because victims, by definition, are acted upon and are not proactive. Victims are not the masters of their fate.

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Teaching the Read and React Offense

Teaching the Read and React Offense

Start with the Elemental Offense, then build it into a full-blown Read and React offense in just a few practices.

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Ask Rick Torbett

I will be interviewing Rick Torbett, CEO of Better Basketball, in a few weeks, and would like to hear from you guys as to what you would like me to ask him.

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How excuses, blaming and complaining undermine mental toughness (how to fail part 2d)

Whether or not you realize it, when we are tempted to blame, complain or make excuses we are actually standing at a crossroads: one is marked “victim” and the other “victor.”

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Denial: It ain’t just a river in Egypt (how to fail, part 2c)

Hope is much better than merely having a positive attitude, because hope acknowledges the reality that sometimes things don’t look so good, but likewise embraces the rest of the truth: that things will look up — particularly if you make good choices now.

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Unawareness: Success’s Blind Side (How to fail, part 2b)

I love playing and coaching basketball so much that the game is still fun to me even when I lose. What I don’t like is losing and not really know why or how. Unawareness is a form of self-deception, and as such, is a killer of success.

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Self-Deception: Success’s TRUE Nemesis (How to Fail, part 2a)

A decision is only as good as the information it was based on. Self-deception prevents us from correctly interpreting the data failure is trying to provide us to guide our way.

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The “Full Stop” Defense and Better Basketball’s Dynamic Defense

I’m hoping to evolve my “Full Stop” Defense with things learned from Better Basketball’s “Dynamic Defense” DVD bundle.

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The Biggest Choke in Lakers Playoff History?

The Lakers wasted 46 minutes of impressive, gut-busting work by quitting 2 minutes before the game ended, thus letting the down-and-out but still hungry Oklahoma City Thunder off the ropes and into playoff lore.

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How the Lakers can beat the Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder seem to have complete control of the Lakers, but there is a way for the Lakers to beat the Thunder, a way they used to beat the Thunder just 3 weeks ago.

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How to Fail in Basketball and in Life (part 1 of 3)

Part 1 of 3: Those who understand failure’s relationship to success see failure as feedback and adjust their efforts accordingly. Those that don’t, fear failure and avoid it altogether — thus deceiving themselves into inadvertently becoming their own biggest obstacle to success.

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Teamwork is reciprocal

Usually when we preach about the importance of teamwork, what we are saying is that players have to subjugate their personal agendas for the good of the team — and that truly is an important part of teamwork. However, teamwork is reciprocal; the team should give back to each team member, as this cute video (and 3 war stories) show.

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