I wanted to revisit a book on basketball coaching that I wrote about a few weeks ago, the Coaches Notes, which I called the ‘Secret Weapon’. If anyone is interesting in learning the inside basketball strategy that coaches like Roy Williams and Rick Pitino employ to win so many games, this is an incredible resource:
One of the most interesting aspects of these coaches approach to the game is that they almost invariably start with the mental aspect of the game over the physical. I think that alone says volumes. Sure, it’s just as important to hit free throws, but I’ve personally watched high school basketball players who had D-1 level talent but weren’t putting forth the effort or mental attitude to get to that level.
One example that immediately comes to mind is a 6’6″ shooting guard who could scorch from deep and had a fluid slashing ability to get to the hoop. I’d seen this player in practice and warm ups and was expecting him to look great, but when the game started, all he did was stand outside the three point line, never moved to get the ball and walked back on defense. I think he finished with, maybe nine points (all threes). He never even got a single offer. He was the classic example of a player who could have played his way onto a top college team but just wasn’t willing to do anything except hang around where the shots were easy.
This is one of the reasons I like delving into the top coaches’ basketball tips, because fundamentals start with approach.