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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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As Goes Lamar Odom…

On June 16, 2009, in a blog entitled “Dynasty for Sale or Rent,” I wrote, “Maybe beating Orlando was the …

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The Lakers’ Road is getting harder and harder

Phil Jackson often uses the metaphor of a journey when he talks about winning a championship. Using his metaphor, the …

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Artest for Ariza?! What were the Lakers thinking?!!!

During the 2009 NBA Playoffs: Trevor Ariza shot 50% from the floor. Ron Artest shot 39%. Trevor Ariza shot 48% from the arc. Ron Artest shot 28%. Trevor Ariza made clutch defensive stops again and again for the Lakers. Ron Artest, a supposed lock down defender, made boneheaded decisions that resulted in technical fouls and ejections. Trevor Ariza knows the intricacies of the triangle offense and is productive in it. Ron Artest doesn’t, and frankly doesn’t have a reputation for being the brightest bulb in the ceiling. Trevor Ariza is young and getting better. Ron Artest is declining. Ron Artest is a stronger BRAND name than Trevor Ariza, but Trevor is the better player — especially for the Lakers.

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Dynasty for Sale or Rent

Maybe beating Orlando was the easy part. The hard part might be bringing the band back together next year. Because …

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June 30 is Blog about NBA Officiating Day

QUESTION: what does the McDonald’s fast food chain and NBA Officiating having in common? ANSWER: They are both run by …

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Game 4: Are people being too hard on the Magic?

People are being too hard on Stan Van Gundy and the Magic for the loss. With 20 / 20 hindsight, …

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What Makes a Champion?

With the Lakers up 3-1 in the 2009 NBA Finals, and 1 win away from history, it feels as if …

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Orlando, I’ve got some good news, and some bad news…

— THE GOOD NEWS FOR ORLANDO — The good news for the Orlando Magic is they can play like that …

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Game 3: How did the Magic do it? And can they do it again?

— NBA FINALS WORST TO NBA FINALS BEST?! — The Magic went from shooting 29.9% in game 1, to setting …

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Ten Observations about Game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals

Ten Observations about game 2 of the 2009 NBA Finals: (1) The Orlando Magic blew TWO layups / opportunities to …

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