Sure Valentine's Day is around the corner so maybe I'm feeling sentimental.
Or, I just read too many blogs where the focus is on everything other than the relationship between player and coach.
Today, I want to explain why coaching anybody, in anything, need not start with fundamentals or x's and o's but with a good ole fashioned heart to heart.
There was a great slate of college basketball games on last night: Duke/Michigan State, Marquette/Illinois, and Kentucky/Kansas were just a few I got eyes on. For those that didn't, Duke, Marquette, and Kansas emerged as victors. And while all three teams were impressive, it was interesting to see what these teams are just three games into the season.
Let's take a look at the key takeaways, starting with Duke.
It was another exciting sports weekend between NCAA and NFL football games, not to mention pretty much every detail being posted from "secret" NCAA basketball scrimmages.
"The scrimmage was a secret, but our point guard scored 40 so we'll talk about it," seemed to be a prominent rationale for programs across the country.
The start of the 2023-2024 NBA season is right around the corner, with a double-header scheduled on Tuesday, October 24th, to kick off the season. A lot of has taken place since the conclusion of last year: new coaches, the NBA Draft, and a few blockbuster trades. There have also been some rule changes to prohibit players from resting too much during the regular season. Changes aside, what really matters in pro sports is winning, and today we're going to discuss who I believe will win the next NBA title.
Michael Jordan recently sold the Charlotte Hornets, and while he no longer has a direct connection to the NBA, his legacy will live on forever. We've previously written about Mike's business moves with The Jordan Brand, as well as our favorite Michael Jordan biographies. Business and books aside, today we revisit the archives and put the microscope on some of the things that he's said over the years. If you're in need of some work out quotes for the gym or just a good mental re-set for the office, please enjoy our favorite Michael Jordan quotes.
Kobe Bryant tragically passed away on January 26, 2020. He and his daughter Gianna were among nine people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, USA. The news of his sudden and untimely death shocked the world and left a profound impact on the sports community and fans worldwide. As not only one of the greatest basketball players of all time but one of the greatest competitors ever, Kobe shared a lot of wisdom over his 41 years on the earth. Here are 20 famous quotes from Kobe:
I just returned from a vacation with my family to the Caribbean. Living in Minneapolis, we had two flights to arrive at our final destination in St. Maarten, and all bets were off when traveling with a five and two-year-old. The alarm clock went off at 2:30am, and as any parent knows, when we finally sat down on the plane, Allison and I both looked at each other with a mutual feeling of accomplishment.
Of course, we'd both been on flights when one or both kids melted down for a good part of the ride. About 45 minutes in, however, I looked over, and all 3 (including mom) were out, with mouths wide open.
My gut feeling was that I, too, should join them in Slumberland, but then I thought, "it's rare that I get uninterrupted time like this."
For those that know me, you know I have a deep-seeded passion for basketball. Even as I get older, I still enjoy playing the game, despite my buddies reminding me that basketball isn't a life sport (I respectfully disagree).
I also really enjoy talent development. In my business career, there's no greater joy than seeing young talent develop and succeed.
Put the two together, and you have a theme for today's article. Now, I'm certainly no fortune teller, and success is often a product of opportunity. However, my eyes tell me one thing, and the rest I can't control.
Here are 5 players that have stood out in the 2023 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Note: I'm not going to include anyone on this list that was a 1st round draft pick this year (hence the under the radar designation).
If you're on this site and don't know who Steph Curry is, God bless you.
Regardless, I'll give you the 30-second elevator pitch as a refresher.
Curry's journey began on March 14, 1988, when he came into this world as Wardell Stephen Curry II. Widely celebrated as one of the basketball greats, and specifically hailed as the NBA's finest shooter ever, Curry's impact on the sport goes beyond records and titles. He's credited with revolutionizing basketball by inspiring teams and players alike to embrace the long-range three-point shot.
Hailing from a sports-oriented family, Curry's parents are Dell Curry, a former NBA player, and Sonya Curry, who played volleyball at Virginia Tech. Interestingly, his younger brother, Seth, also follows in his footsteps as an NBA player. While born in Akron, Ohio, Curry spent most of his formative years growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina.
During his college days, Curry showcased his exceptional talent while playing for the Davidson Wildcats. He left an indelible mark on the school and the Southern Conference by setting career scoring records. Notably, he earned the title of conference player of the year twice and, during his sophomore year, set an impressive single-season NCAA record for the highest number of three-pointers made. His achievements at the collegiate level foreshadowed the incredible success he would achieve on the professional stage.
In the 2009 NBA draft, Curry was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the seventh overall pick. Since then, he's been a nine-time all star, won four NBA championships, and twice been selected as the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP).
What if I started a company in 1946 that would become a multi-billion dollar behemoth?
Would you believe me, if I told you that over a 77 year period, from 1946 to 2023, five people would run that company?
Well, that's the history of the NBA in a nutshell. We've previously talked about oldest players, legendary coaches, and the age old goat debate. But, we've never really dug into the management of the NBA.
In today's article, we take a look at the 5 men responsible for what the NBA is today.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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