So the three different schools we practice at all were closed over the break but I did get us two days at another so we had our first practice since the Tuesday before last yesterday. I feel like the kids already have a real good understanding of our offense which is great cause I’m almost as new to it as they are. They’re getting much better at attacking the rim hard and finishing strong, some are coming along nicely with their left hand but some still need some work. Outside shooting is probably our biggest weakness but most everyone is capable of making a 15 footer and like I said we have some guys who can get to the hoop as well as our big man who can do work so if we move and move the ball we should be at least ok in the half court. Defensively I think we’ll be pretty solid but some guys are still reaching in a lot so I’m trying to beat that out of them.
Our new kid, Cody is actually pretty athletic but due to his inexperience he’s still really developing his offense and defense. He doesn’t seem like a real confident kid overall but he’s humble and brings a good attitude. We played some 2 on 2 king on the mountain at the end and I felt like he was getting a little discouraged cause he didn’t really score any. So at the end of practice I talked to the team and asked them if they understood what it meant to fill a role. I didn’t break them down one by one and explain to them what I wanted out of them but just told them that it’s important to understand you don’t need to go out and score 30 points a game to help the team but rather you just need to do what you do well. I read something awhile back that Bruce Bowen, a man I have incredible disdain for, said. He was asked why have you had so much success in San Antonio whereas in Orlando you were pretty much an unknown. His response was something like, “In Orlando they were always telling me that I had to improve at this and this but here they tell me to focus on what I do best.”
That’s what being a coach is all about in my opinion. Yeah you want to help your players to improve their skill but some guys just simply aren’t ever going to be great shooters or ball handlers or defenders. If a player wants to really improve at a certain skill it’s on them to do that. Coaches should help them along but when it comes down to it a coach’s job is to evaluate his players and put them in the best position to be successful. From an outsiders perspective just looking at the stat sheet one would think Bowen was a terrible player playing 30 minutes a game only scoring 6 or 7 points but he was as valuable as anyone to those Spurs teams apart from Duncan. So I just told Cody you can’t measure your impact on the game on how many points you score that’s not what we need from you we need you to give us good defense, rebound and then if given the opportunity look to score at the rim, which is exactly the truth.