With the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend in New York around the corner, I am excited to describe five of the must-have attributes of an All-Star basketball coach to be successful. A basketball coach has to be Passionate but Patient on the road to become a winning coach. Developing a winning team takes time and it is a challenging task, even for the greatest coaches.
An All-Star coach is a great leader, a mentor with the ability to instruct and direct the whole team. The leadership skills of the coach naturally influence the behavior of his players and staff members, gaining their respect and appreciation. The coach observes and identifies each individual personalities and has a great capacity to interact with everyone in the team to motivate and guide, making appropriate adjustments when required, to reach the final goal. The leader-coach develops a culture of camaraderie among his players, so much-needed to achieve great things as a team. They not just talk, they walk the talk and serve as role models for his players.
“He’s absolutely brilliant in bringing a group together to accomplish one common goal.” -Kobe Bryant speaking of Phil Jackson
The All-Star coach is an excellent strategist. Every game is different, just like in a chess game, there are countless combinations of player movements and plays possible. The coach should be very knowledgeable, and resourceful to call different offensive and defensive plays during the games. He studies the game and his players to know how to best play them against different opponents. He is always encouraging the practice of drills to improve the talent and physical condition of his team. The Golden State Warrior are having a great season under rookie coach of the year-to-be Steve Kerr. Holding the best record in the NBA today at 42-9, the Warrior were already a pretty good team last season. All it took to be a better team this season, was the arrival of great strategist and basketball analyst Steve Kerr. It remains to be seen how they play during the playoffs against elite competition. It’s going to be really exciting… a matter of life or death.
“If you’re going to make every game a matter of life or death, you’re going to have a lot of problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.” – Dean Smith
An All-Star coach is an All-Star because he is a winning coach. He wins more games with his team, than any other coach. And winning, sometimes is not that easy. Just ask the New York Knicks and its current 10-43 historical record, the worst in the NBA today. Becoming a winning team takes time, and vision. It requires a well laid plan for the short and long terms. The early establishment of a winning philosophy and playing system is paramount to the guaranteed success of the organization in the long run.
“I deeply believed that the teacher and coach who has the ability to properly plan… from both the daily and the long-range point of view together with the ability to devise the necessary drills to meet his particular needs for maximum efficiency, has tremendously increased his possibility of success.” – John Wooden
The All-Star coach knows he cannot do it alone. He surrounds himself with a quality coaching staff that share his principles and ideas to take the team to a higher level. Here, I’d like to emphasize the communication skills the coach must possess to coordinate with his coaching staff, players and parents to provide direction and analysis of the team. Communicating also means listening. Great coaches listen with curiosity, conveying a genuine interest in what other members of his team are saying to be able to work better together.
“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it’s ready to climb.” – Pat Riley
And last, but not least, an All-Star coach has an everlasting burning flame for the game of basketball. A passion to educate and be an essential part of the development of the kids is something that is meaningful and core to the coach’s identity. From Passion comes enthusiasm, joy, creativity, confidence, endurance, energy, and whether you can inspire and motivate others. We need more passionate coaches!
“When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!” – Coach K
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