There are so many great aspects to this...
- I loved his rule that he would not raise his voice with his players. More youth coaches need to learn that yelling is not an effective method of instruction for young kids.
- The parallels drawn between basketball, Lawrence of Arabia, David & Goliath, insurgent warfare and the American Revolution were insightful and interesting.
- The examples used when discussing batch processing of airline luggage handling and the Fed's handling of the economy but I felt that the connection needed to be a little more fleshed-out to maximize that part's relevancy.
- ""We're not the best basketball team out there. But they understood their roles." A twelve-year-old girl would go to war for Rometra." Having played HS basketball in a program that was built on team offense and team defense, I appreciate and respect a team where everyone knows and is happy with fulfilling their role to make the team better. While I enjoy watching basketball of all types, I'll take a team with role-players that works together and works hard over a team with a couple stars that carry them. And I can also appreciate that if kids are given instructions and motivation from someone they respect and admire, they will run through a wall for them. That hero-worship can be a powerful thing.
- The piece about Pitino held extra enjoyment for me. I was an avid fan of those mid-90's Kentucky teams. He talks about the rush state, "that moment when the player with the ball is shaken out of his tempo" and it is that state that can lead to thing going downhill very fast because not only does the shaken team see & feel it and they start to lose confidence and makes more mistakes, but the other team sees & feels it and it is like blood in the water for them.
- The 'seven-second correction', so the players heart-rates will start high. Great thinking.
- "We tell ourselves that skill is the precious resource and effort is the commodity. It's the other way around. Effort can trump ability—legs, in Saxe's formulation, can overpower arms—because relentless effort is in fact something rarer than the ability to engage in some finely tuned act of motor coordination." That is a great statement to ponder on and take into consideration, in life as well as when coaching or playing. I love the idea of someone willing to put in more work the rest of the field and them coming out on top. And that is the press embodied. It reminded me of Lance Armstrong book title, "It's Not About the Bike" and that line in his commercial where he says, "Everybody wants to know what I'm on....What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass, 6 hours a day."
- "The price that the outsider pays for being so heedless of custom is, of course, the disapproval of the insider" I was glad that he addressed this aspect of it. When a team decides to play in an unorthadox manner or uses some scheme that was previously unknown, the establishment will always look at them with scorn and try to make them feel worse about their achievements by cheapening what they do and how they do it. In soccer in particular there is always talk of which teams 'win ugly' and which 'joga bonita'.