Basketball Coaching Gems from Twitter

Creighton Burns, Coaching Basketball

This post is a follow up to a post I made a few months ago with some basketball coaching insights that I have found on Twitter.  In case you missed the previous post, here is the link:

Favorite Basketball Coaching Tweets

Some are good spring and summer thoughts for your players and some can be filed and saved until next season!

5 Fundamentals of Great Teams

Communication

Trust

Collective Responsibility

Caring

Pride

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 To be Successful

 What do you need to START doing?

What do you need to STOP doing?

What do you need to CONTINUE to do?

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 When hiring your staff consider these 3 things

1. Loyalty

2. Work Ethic

3. Knowledge of the game

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 “Play Together, Play Hard, Play Smart

 Together means unselfishly,

Hard means with effort,

Smart means with proper execution”

– Dean Smith

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X’s and O’s may win you a few games, but a “successful season” is dependent on the relationship you’ve developed with your players.

“If you’re Not Talking, You’re Not Playing Defense.”

– Doc Rivers 

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1. L – listens and learn every day

2. E – engage with positivity

3. A – attitude of possibility thinking

4. D – develops & demand excellence!

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“Good teams have good players, however, GREAT teams have great TEAMMATES” It can be the difference from being at the TOP or at the bottom…

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 The 3 C’s of life:

Choices, chances, and changes

You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

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Failures are expected by losers, ignored by winners. – Joe Gibbs

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Carlos Perez

3 things mature players do:

1-Accept Responsibility,

2-Allow coaches to hold them accountable,

3-Handle failure/success

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“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”

-Julius Erving

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ATHLETES:

Body language and communication skills mean just as much as your athletic abilities.

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“If you’re gonna lead the orchestra you gotta turn your back to the crowd.”

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sUccess is determined by the 2nd letter.

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“Basketball 101:

Confidence is the key! If you don’t believe in yourself no one else will, but to create confidence you need to put in the work”

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When you want to win a game, you have to teach.

When you lose a game, you have to learn.

– Tom Landry

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You can’t make the same mistake twice. The second time you make it, it’s no longer a mistake, it’s a choice

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Your THINKING and your ACTIONS must match the level of achievement you desire.

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Remember that guy that gave up?

Well, neither does anybody else.

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It doesn’t matter how good you are, you can ALWAYS get better.

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 “Winning takes talent,

To repeat takes character.

 -John Wooden

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Fights teams Face

1. Division from within

2. Competition (opponents)

3. Outside influences (friends, parent, etc)

 -Doc Rivers

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FACT

Success is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice.

It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.

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A team will never reach their true potential until all players put the team before themselves.

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Sometimes Talent alone is not enough, it may need…

1. Direction

2. Guidance

3. Encouragement

4. Tough love

5. A push here and there!

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