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PODCAST: Charlotte Hornets Head Coach James Borrego Joins the Woj Pod

Charlotte Hornets Head Coach James Borrego joins Adrian Wojnarowski’s The Woj Pod to discuss his new role as a head coach, what he learned from Gregg Popovich during his time with the San Antonio Spurs, building relationships with players and more! Listen to the full podcast below:

PODCAST: Head Coach Alvin Gentry & eCoach’s Rich Hempel Join the Baseline NBA Podcast

New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach Alvin Gentry and E-Coach CoFounder Rich Hempel recently joined the Baseline NBA Podcast after Coach Gentry’s eCoach recording session during the NBA Summer League to discuss the potential growth of the eCoach Basketball platform, the past season & future for the Pelicans and more! Click below to listen to Alvin[…]

NBA Coaches are Making the Extra Effort to Better their Health

SOURCE: NBA.com, Steve Aschburner LAS VEGAS – The stakes are low. The atmosphere, casual and relaxed. The urgency that hounds NBA coaches daily for most of the calendar year – the next play, the next basket, the next decision, the next opponent – barely makes it to town for the Summer League basketball. “Working vacation” might[…]

Tim Grgurich Named 2018 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award winner

Las Vegas, July 10, 2018—Tim Grgurich, a basketball lifer who is widely credited with being at the forefront of player development in the NBA, is the 2018 Tex Winter Assistant Coach Lifetime Impact Award winner, the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) announced today. “Simply put, Tim Grgurich is the godfather of modern player development,” said[…]

Dwane Casey Named 2017-18 NBA Coach of the Year

SOURCE: ESPN Dwane Casey was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year on Monday night for a season in which he led the Toronto Raptors to their best regular season, only to be fired after they were ousted for a third straight playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Casey, who has since been hired as the head coach[…]

Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Coach Maurice Cheeks to be Honored by his Alma Mater

SOURCE: myhighplains.com For more than 40 years, Maurice Cheeks has brought great distinction to West Texas A&M University (WT) with his outstanding career as a player and coach in the National Basketball Association and his recent induction into the prestigious Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.   WT, along with the help of teammates, peers, friends and[…]

Chicago Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg Discusses the Bulls’ 2017-2018 Season

SOURCE: NBA.com, Steve Aschburner A year ago, on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls switched gears. Jimmy Butler was traded to Minnesota, taking with him any pretense that the Bulls were a legitimate playoff team. In that moment, Chicago committed to a rebuild, which is to say, a dive into the[…]

Coach Monty Williams Surprises U.S. Troops at Work

SOURCE: USO, Sandi Moynihan As part of the NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program, NBA legend Kevin Martin, coach Monty Williams and WNBA legend Ruthie Bolton embarked on a multi-day USO tour to three U.S. military installations in Kuwait. During the tour, the trio surprised troops at work, learned about the military and participated in[…]

Podcast: Doug Moe with Newy Scruggs on NBC Sports Radio

Legendary Coach Doug Moe joins the Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs podcast on NBC Sports Radio to discuss the 2018 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award,  his innovative Run & Gun Style and more! Listen to Coach Doug Moe’s  interview with Newy Scruggs here:

VIDEO: Doug Moe’s 2018 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech

The National Basketball Coaches Association presented Doug Moe with the 2018 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award on June 3  before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Moe is considered to be the Godfather of the Run ‘n Gun offense that is heavily featured in the modern NBA. Watch Doug Moe receive the 2018 Chuck Daly[…]

Nate McMillan: Defensive Shell Drill Introduction

Indiana Pacers’s Coach Nate McMillan introduces you to the Shell Drill. The Shell Drill is a team defense focused drill that helps you on long closeouts, tagging the cutters in the gaps, and jumping on the ball. Nate McMillan breaks the drill down into three parts: Long Closeouts (featured here), Testing the Gaps, and Jumping[…]

The Playing History of Indiana Pacers’s Coach Nate McMillan

Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan talks you through his basketball playing history. Coach McMillan started by playing with people that were much older than him, which helped him learn to play the game. Coach was offered a full scholarship to a junior college where he played for two years before transferring to his favorite[…]

Luke Walton: How to Post Up Introduction

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton introduces you to his post up series. In this series, Coach Walton discusses many different strategies and moves to employ while you’re working in the post. Coach Walton also teaches you how to successfully pass the ball into the post. The full series is now available on the eCoachBasketball[…]

How Luke Walton Turned into an NBA Coach

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton discusses his path from retirement of being an NBA player to becoming an the head coach of one of the NBA’s most historically successful franchises. Coach Walton discusses his time with the Golden State Warriors as a head assistant coach and how that helped him get an opportunity with[…]

Alvin Gentry: Fundamentals of Dribbling Introduction

New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry introduces you to his dribbling moves series. This series is focused on helping you improve your dribble moves through a series of cone drills. All good ball handlers have an array of dribble moves at their arsenal, including these go to moves. eCoach Home: http://ecoach.coach eCoachBasketball: http://ecoach.coach/basketball/

Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce’s Roots Have Brought Him a Long Way

SOURCE: The Undefeated, Marc J. Spears During the summer of 1990, I made numerous trips to Cherry Park in San Jose, California, to play some of the best pickup basketball in the Bay Area. It’s where you learned toughness playing against grown men, were challenged playing against former and current college players and high school[…]

Tyronn Lue’s Impact as a Head Coach

  SOURCE: The Undefeated, William C. Rhoden What makes a great NBA coach? A question with a multitude of answers has intensified throughout the NBA playoffs, but especially in the East. The centers of attention are Brad Stevens and Tyronn Lue. Stevens is described as the Celtics’ “bright young coach” who wins with strategy and[…]

Steve Kerr Wins 2018 Rudy Tomjanovich Award

Source: ESPN Golden State’s Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given to an NBA coach in recognition of his cooperation with media and fans as well as excellence on the court. The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the winner Tuesday. The award is named for Tomjanovich, the former Houston Rockets coach. Kerr, who also won[…]

The NBA Coaching History of Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry

New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry discusses his journey throughout the coaching world of the NBA. Coach Gentry got his start in NBA coaching with Coach Larry Brown and the San Antonio Spurs in 1989. Since then, Coach Gentry has been with many different teams, and has been the head coach of the New Orleans[…]

Meet Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach Lloyd Pierce

  Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce discusses the culture that the 76ers coaching staff is attempting to instill within their team. Coach Pierce says the team focuses on three mantras: Philadelphia Hard, Philadelphia Real, and Philadelphia Edge. Hear more from Coach Pierce on the eCoachBasketball platform. eCoach Home: ecoach.coach eCoachBasketball: ecoach.coach/basketball

Byron Scott: Half Court Ball Handling Introduction

Coach Byron Scott introduces you his ball handling series. The focus in this drill is to get you warmed up with different dribble moves. This is a drill that he used to run during his practices to help players improve their dribbling skills with both hands. The full video and series is now on the[…]

From Player to Coach: Sam Cassell and his Tenure With The Clippers

Source: Thomas Fenn, Fansided From the court to the sidelines, Sam Cassell has been through the ups and downs of being with the Los Angeles Clippers. Widely known as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history was that which brought the seasoned Sam Cassell to the Clippers in 2005. Cassell had been through[…]

Meet Coach Byron Scott

Former Los Angeles and New Jersey Nets Coach Byron Scott discusses his adventure through playing professional basketball in the NBA and overseas in Greece. Coach Scott came into the league as the 4th overall pick in the 1983 draft. He was drafted by the San Diego Clippers and traded to the Los Angeles Lakers –[…]

Thank You: Dwane Casey’s Letter to Toronto

Source: The Star Dwane Casey spent seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, leading the club to a 320-238 record, four Atlantic Division titles and three straight 50-win seasons, including a franchise-record 59 this season. On Friday, the team announced it was parting ways with the 61-year-old following a third straight playoff loss[…]

Kenny Atkinson: 1 Foot Punish and Finish Introduction

Brooklyn Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson introduces you to his finishing moves series. This series focuses on getting to the rim and finishing around the defense. This specific drill is tailored to help you use contact with a defender to create separation and score under the basket. The rest of the series is now on the[…]

Meet Brooklyn Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson

Brooklyn Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson walks you through part of his basketball journey. Coach Atkinson played professionally for 13 years overseas. He says it was not only a great basketball experience, but also a great cultural experience. Coach Atkinson learned a lot of his basketball knowledge from all of the different types of coaches overseas.[…]

Rick Carlisle: 3 on 3 Let Me Through Introduction

Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle introduces you to a good defensive drill known as the 3 on 3 Let Me Through Drill. This drill focuses on defensive coordination and communication a transition scenario. This drill is good for defensive players to learn to talk to their teammates and to react accordingly. The full drill is[…]

This Houston Rockets Assistant Coach Is Rewarded by His Players Success

After finishing an 8 year career in the NBA and overseas, Houston Rockets assistant Coach Roy Rogers seized the opportunity to stay close to the game by getting into coaching. More video content from the NBA Coaches Association here: http://www.youtube.com/c/NBAcoachesAssociation

Meet Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle discusses his journey as a basketball player that led into him becoming a professional coach. Coach Carlisle was drafted in the third round of the 1984 draft by the Boston Celtics. Due to Coach Carlisle’s unique skillset, he was able to play in the league for a few years before[…]

Alvin Gentry: Passing Fundamentals Introduction

New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry introduces you to his passing fundamental videos available on the eCoachBasketball platform. Coach Gentry walks you through the proper way to hold the ball, and the proper form when throwing the ball to a teammate. This video focuses on both chest passes and bounce passes. eCoach Home: http://ecoach.coach eCoachBasketball:[…]

Meet New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry

Coach Alvin Gentry grew up in basketball rich North Carolina, where the seed for his love of basketball was planted. Coach Gentry tells the story of how he had to guard his cousin and former NBA All Star, David Thompson, during his high school playing days. In one of their high school meetings, Coach Gentry’s[…]

Steve Clifford Joins The Woj Podcast

Steve Clifford joins The Woj Pod to discuss his dismissal as the Charlotte Hornets coach, Kemba Walker, earning players’ respect in the NBA, the loss of practice time in the NBA, coaching Yao Ming. Click below to listen to the podcast episode:

Fred Hoiberg: Early Offense Introduction

Chicago Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg introduces you to his early offense series on eCoachBasketball. Coach Hoiberg walks you through a series of offensive sets that can be run after a missed basket on the other end. This series covers multiple options to run when your point guard has the ball. eCoach Home: http://ecoach.coach eCoachBasketball: http://ecoach.coach/basketball/

Assistant Coaches Noted as Possible Head Coach Candidates

Source: Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN Excerpt: As teams with openings survey the coaching talent pool, they’ll recognize a few subspecies among the candidates. We’ve been performing this exercise since 2013 (five of the seven names on that list were subsequently hired as head coaches). Our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists included Quin Snyder, Atkinson and Tyronn Lue. Following are some names that have[…]

Meet Chicago Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg

Chicago Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg discusses his journey into coaching in the NBA to you. Coach Hoiberg has held positions coaching at both the collegiate and professional levels. Before coaching with the Chicago Bulls, he coached college ball at his alma mater, Iowa State. Coach Hoiberg also played in the NBA for nearly a decade[…]

NATIONAL BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF ERIN POPOVICH

NEW YORK, April 19, 2018 – The membership of the National Basketball Coaches Association (all Head and Assistant Coaches in the NBA and its alumni group) mourn the passing of Erin Popovich, wife of Coach Gregg Popovich. Our Coaches are deeply saddened by the loss of Erin Popovich and join the greater NBA community in[…]

Bill Bayno’s Coaching Technique to Help Develop Young Star

Source: Scott Cacciola, The New York Times Domantas Sabonis, the forward caught by surprise when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to the Indiana Pacers last July, was in store for even more shock when he arrived in Indianapolis for summer workouts: Bill Bayno, an assistant coach for the Pacers, outfitted himself with huge pads on[…]

Meet Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens walks you through part of his journey in becoming an NBA head coach. Coach Stevens is originally from Indiana and didn’t anticipate to be in basketball after college. He planned on going into the corporate by starting a job at a pharmaceutical company. Shortly after that job, Coach Stevens realized[…]

Elton Brand and Jim O’brien: Control the Middle – Duck in Drop Step

Philadelphia 76ers former two-time NBA All Star Elton Brand takes you through the proper position to control the middle of the post. This lesson focuses on a move out of the post known as the duck in drop step. Elton Brand is working with 76ers assistant coach Jim O’Brien to help you learn when to[…]

Assistant Coach Johnnie Bryant’s Impact on the Utah Jazz

Source: Kyle Goon, The Salt Lake City Tribune He hacks. He shoves. His critiques are quiet, yet they cut. Johnnie Bryant finds a player’s limit in a workout then he pushes him past it. He still playfully argues with former Jazzman Ronnie Price about an offseason workout they had a few years back. After a[…]

Steve Clifford: Post Entry – Middle Cut

Charlotte Hornets Coach Steve Clifford introduces you to his post offense series. Coach Clifford emphasizes using your big men in the post combined with offensive cuts from your guards and wings to create open shots around the basket. Steve Clifford advises you to play stress free and to have fun with the game. eCoach Home:[…]

Brett Brown, Quin Snyder named Coaches of Month for March-April

NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers’ Brett Brown and the Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March and April. Brown led the 76ers to an NBA-best 20-3 record during the extended month. Philadelphia closed the regular season with a franchise-record[…]

How Quin Snyder and the Utah Jazz Clinched a Playoff Spot

Source: John Gonzalez, The Ringer When Utah got Rudy Gobert back in January, the Jazz were in bad shape. That tends to happen when you lose your franchise center and one of the best defenders in the league for long stretches. Gobert was out for 11 games after suffering a bone bruise to his right[…]

Becky Hammon Finds Success With Spurs

Source: Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker It was August, 2012, and Becky Hammon, the point guard of the Silver Stars, San Antonio’s franchise in the W.N.B.A., was on her way home from the London Olympics. While waiting to board a connecting flight in Atlanta, she spotted the craggy face of Gregg Popovich, the head coach[…]

Meet Charlotte Hornets Coach Steve Clifford

Charlotte Hornets Coach discusses his journey in basketball. Coach Clifford discusses how Jeff Van Gundy recruited him to be an assistant which led to his breakthrough into the NBA. Steve Clifford loves coaching the guys on his team such as Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard. Coach is extremely grateful for the opportunity to coach among[…]

Inside the Locker Room with Jesse Mermuys

Source: Mike Trudell, NBA.com When the Lakers fly back from road games, assistant coach Jesse Mermuys takes his seat next to head coach Luke Walton in the middle section of the team charter plane. For the colleagues and friends who first met in 1999 in Tucson, Arizona, first comes a video breakdown of that night’s[…]

Brett Brown’s Goal Coming to Fruition

Source: Michael Lee, Yahoo Sports PHILADELPHIA — Through all of the embarrassing losing streaks, a ghastly 10-win season, and a patience-testing string of top draft picks being forced to sit out all or significant portions of their first seasons, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown somehow saw hope. When the 76ers were laser-focused on Andrew Wiggins[…]

A look into the life of Laker Coach Mark Madsen

Source: Trent Toone, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Standing at 7-feet tall, Los Angeles center Brook Lopez is taller than Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen, who is 6-9, but Lopez still looks up to Madsen in many ways. Both big men played college basketball at Stanford University. Lopez appreciates Madsen’s high-energy, “Mad Dog” mentality[…]

Brad Stevens’ Approach to Helping the Boston Celtics Move Forward

Source: Chris Forsberg, ESPN BOSTON — The pizza parlor style Ms. Pac-Man table, once a beloved daily diversion, has been gathering dust. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens used to plop down at the glowing cabinet — a gift from his wife, Tracy, a few years back — and play a dozen rounds of the 1980s arcade favorite[…]

Luke Walton and Joe Prunty’s Unique Path to Coaching in the NBA

Source: Bill Oram, Orange County Register   LOS ANGELES — Luke Walton has grown accustomed to bumping into his high school coach since they both reached the NBA. When the Lakers traded Walton to Cleveland in 2012, Joe Prunty worked as a Cavs assistant. Not until Friday, however, had the two men with ties to[…]

How One Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Found His Passion

Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach Rex Kalamian brings a fiery passion to the court each and every day. We took a look at his journey to NBA coaching from his childhood in East Los Angeles. More video content from the NBA Coaches Association here: http://www.youtube.com/c/NBAcoachesAssociation

Brett Brown and the Sixers Host Basketball Clinic for Autism Awareness Day

Source: NBA.com NBATV takes a look at the Philadelphia 76ers and their work within the community to ‘Bounce Out the Stigma.’ In honor of Autism Awareness Day, the Sixers and Head Coach Brett Brown partnered with youth coach “Mighty Mike” Simmel to host a basketball clinic for children with an autism spectrum disorder.  

Jim O’Brien: Free Throw Routine

Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Jim O’Brien teaches you the importance of having a free throw routine. Coach O’Brien emphasizes keeping the routine simple and easily repeatable in both games and in practice. Top free throw shooters like Steve Nash and Steph Curry have a simple form that helps them focus on actually shooting the ball,[…]

Jason Kidd Inducted into the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Source: Jeff Borzello, ESPN SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Former NBA stars Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Grant Hill headline the 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class announced Saturday. Other inductees include longtime college basketball coach Lefty Driesell, women’s basketball standouts Katie Smith and Tina Thompson, and four-time NBA All-Star Maurice Cheeks.[…]

Maurice Cheeks to be Inducted Into the Hall of Fame

Source: Fred Katz, The Norman Transcript SAN ANTONIO — It took long enough. Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Cheeks has been eligible to make the Hall since 1998, five years after he retired from a 15-year playing career that[…]

Meet Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach Jim O’Brien

Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach Jim O’Brien walks you through his basketball path. Coach O’Brien first fell in love with the game of basketball when he was eight years old due to his coaches having great enthusiasm for the game of basketball. Coach O’Brien has been coaching for many years and has coached collegiate teams as[…]

Miami Heat’s Dan Craig Ready to be a Head Coach

Source: Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra was a little busy to watch assistant Dan Craig’s unofficial NBA coaching debut Sunday, but he has caught up since spending that day welcoming his first child into the world. Spoelstra, who returned to the bench for Tuesday’s convincing victory over Cleveland after he and his wife,[…]

NBA Coach of the Year Race Heating Up

via CBSSports.com In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in a Golden Age of NBA coaching. A better understanding of analytics and the importance of a strong team culture has many teams operating with incredible precision and chemistry, which makes this season’s race for NBA Coach of the Year particularly close. This year’s candidates are the usual mix[…]

Erik Spoelstra and Wife Nikki Welcome Their First Child

Source: Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s wife gave birth to their first child on Sunday. The Heat announced that Nikki Spoelstra gave birth to a healthy son, at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, 19 inches. The baby’s name was not immediately released. It is the first child for the Heat coach, 47, and his wife,[…]

Luke Walton: Guarding the Ball Screen

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton discusses the proper steps to guarding the ball screen from multiple positions. Coach Walton focuses on the importance of communication among teammates, knowing the scouting report and which way players needs to be forced, and proper ways to provide good help defense and when it is needed. eCoach Home:[…]

Podcast: Steve Clifford Talks Health and Previous Coaching Jobs

Charlotte Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford recently sat down with Zach Lowe on his “The Lowe Post” podcast to discuss his health scare, the Ty Lue situation, Kemba Walker’s development, the mid-2000s Rockets, Stan Van Gundy Magic, and more. Click here to listen to the podcast on ESPN Radio: Lowe Post Podcast: Steve Clifford, Hornets

Meet Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton

Lakers Coach Luke Walton discusses how he entered into the coaching realm. Coach Walton had a serious back injury several years into his playing career and slowly started to fade away from his team. His coach at the time, Phil Jackson, offered Coach Walton the chance to sit in on staff meetings and help take[…]

USA Basketball and NBA Announce Age-Appropriate Rules and Standards for Youth Basketball Competitions

Youth Guidelines Rules and Standards Video (Credit: NBAE) USA BASKETBALL AND NBA ANNOUNCE AGE-APPROPRIATE RULES AND STANDARDS FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL COMPETITIONS – Guidelines Promote Health and Wellness, Skill Development and Enjoyment of the Game for Boys and Girls of All Ages – – Recommendations Include Equipment and Court Specifications, Game Structure, Playing Tactics and Rules[…]

Frank Vogel Notches 300th Career Coaching Win

Source: John Denton, NBA.com/magic ORLANDO – On the surface, 300 coaching victories over parts of eight NBA seasons doesn’t seem to be overly impressive. It’s roughly a .520 winning percentage in a league where the games come in rapid-fire succession over marathon-like regular seasons that span a seven-month period of time. However, dig a little[…]

Rick Carlisle’s Hoops for St. Jude Week Message

President of the National Basketball Coaches Association and Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle, shares a message in honor of Hoops for St. Jude Week in the NBA. Click here to see how you can get involved: stjude.org/hoops

Doc Rivers’ Love For Coaching

Source: Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel LOS ANGELES —Doc Rivers accepted his first coaching job in 1999, joining the Orlando Magic as their head coach. Now in his 19th season as an NBA head coach, he acknowledges even he’s surprised by his longevity and by how much he’s loved coaching. He’s compiled a 840-613 regular-season record and[…]

Dave Joerger Records His 200th Victory as a Head Coach

Source: James Ham, NBC Bay Area SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings picked up their 21st win of the season on Friday evening, beating the Orlando Magic by a final of 94-88. In a 21-45 season, one win doesn’t hold a huge amount of significance overall, but this one has a special meaning for head coach[…]

The Long Lasting Friendship Between Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich

Source: Melissa Rholin, The Merury News OAKLAND – Gregg Popovich has no interest in running for president of the United States, but he was willing to entertain a hypothetical question about it: If he did run, would he choose Steve Kerr to be his Vice President? Popovich initially chuckled, brushing off the idea of a[…]

Q&A: Kings Assistant Coach Jenny Boucek

Source: Sydney Zuelke, Kings.com This season, former Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm head coach Jenny Boucek joined the Kings coaching staff, becoming the third woman to hold a coaching position in the NBA. In honor of Women’s History Month and the upcoming International Women’s Day, Kings.com caught up with Jenny to discuss her basketball roots,[…]

Gregg Popovich Sees the Positive Through Recent Struggles

Source: Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News Spurs coach Gregg Popovich might be a glutton for punishment. The Spurs limped into Monday’s game against Memphis 2-8 in their previous 10 games, having slumped to sixth in the Western Conference, on a four-game losing streak at home, and — as always — an injury plagued mess. “It’s[…]

Dwane Casey’s Journey to Becoming Head Coach

Source: Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated Four-and-a-half hours before tip-off Dwane Casey heads downstairs, to the basement of his three-story brownstone in midtown Toronto, and lowers the ironing board from the rack on the laundry room wall. The cover is baby blue with vertical stripes, a Christmas present from his wife, Brenda. She also bought him[…]

How Long Island Hoops Launched Kenny Atkinson’s Journey to the NBA

Source: Tom Dowd, NBA.com/nets From the backyard to the CYO gym to St. Anthony’s HS, Kenny Atkinson’s basketball story is a Long Island story. “A hotbed,” the Brooklyn Nets coach says of the Long Island hoops scene in the 1970s and 80s, the environment that molded him and sent him on to a life in[…]

Scott Brooks and Mike D’Antoni named February Coaches of the Month

Source: ABS-CBN Sports NEW YORK – The Washington Wizards’ Scott Brooks and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February. Brooks led the Wizards to an 8-4 record in February, including a 6-1 mark on the road, as Washington[…]

Ron Adams: The Warriors’ Truth-Teller

Source: Kurt Streeter, The New York Times OAKLAND, Calif. — Out on the hardwood, toward a far corner of the gym, crouches a 70-year-old man, thin and bespectacled, with a crook in his back, a hitch in his step and braces on his wrists to protect them from bullet passes. He is drilling a quartet[…]

Terry Stotts: 1 Up Half Court Offense

Portland Trailblazers coach Terry Stotts runs you through the 1 Up set that his team uses. The Trailblazers use this set to get open shots for their star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The set combines flares, turnouts, and the box set to cause misdirection. eCoach Home: http://ecoach.coach eCoachBasketball: http://ecoach.coach/basketball/ iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecoachbasketball Apple TV: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecoachbasketball[…]

Timberwolves Assistant Ed Pinckney Coaches at Basketball Without Borders

Minnesota Timberwolves Assistant Coach Ed Pinckney was in Los Angeles during All-Star Weekend to work with the best stars in the game today at the Basketball Without Borders Camp, which featured the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries. Check out what he had to say about the experience. Click here to learn more[…]

Brad Stevens’ Advice to Red Sox

Source: Taylor Snow, Celtics.com WALTHAM, Mass. – New Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora had just walked out of his first major team meeting of Spring Training Monday, when he unexpectedly bumped into the familiar face of a fellow Boston sports figure. It was Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who had decided to spend a day[…]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey at All-Star Weekend

Dwane Casey and his staff took the Toronto Raptors into the break with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the opportunity to coach in the All-Star Game for the first time in franchise history.  In this exclusive NBCA interview, Coach Casey divulges what the experience means to him, how he feels about where[…]

Nate McMillan and the Pacers Continue to Thrive

Source: Clifton Brown, IndyStar Nate McMillan does not crave the spotlight, which is good. Because it usually shines on somebody else. The Indiana Pacers have reached the All-Star break as one of the NBA’s most surprising teams. Yet, when Pacers president Kevin Pritchard held his midseason news conference, McMillan’s name was not mentioned for 25 minutes.[…]

Coach Steve Kerr’s Passion for Surfing

Source: Cyrus Saatsaz, The Inertia At first glance, Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr resembles more of a surfer than a guy orchestrating x’s and o’s in the NBA — or maybe even a ski bum. Maybe it’s the blonde, spiked hair, blazing blue eyes, or the Southern California vernacular. Either way, Kerr doesn’t strike[…]

Meet Portland Trail Blazers Coach Terry Stotts

Terry Stotts is currently the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and has been around basketball and the NBA for many years. In this video, Coach Stotts discusses his time with the Dallas Mavericks and how Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd did what they needed to do to win to bring Dallas the 2011[…]

eCoachBasketball’s Continued Growth and Potential Impact

Source: Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LOS ANGELES – Just because your NBA team of choice is shut down for a while over the All-Star break doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on skills, work on your game or otherwise pick the brains of the league’s brightest coaches. eCoach, the instructional platform “powered by” the National Basketball Coaches Association,[…]

Coach Dwane Casey Only Worries About Winning

Source: Chris Mannix, Yahoo Sports TORONTO – Let’s call him “Coach A.” Coach A has been in City B for seven years. He inherited a team that was 22-60. By his third season, it was 48-34. He has made the playoffs for four straight seasons, advanced to a conference final and, entering the All-Star break,[…]

Mike Budenholzer: Warming Up with the Slide, Sprint, Shoot Drill

  Atlanta Hawks head coach, Mike Budenholzer, is adding a series of new videos on the Slide, Sprint, Shoot warmup drill into the eCoachBasketball library on Friday, January 19th. This particular video gives you a brief description of what the Slide, Sprint, Shoot drill entails, and how it can be good to help players warmup[…]

Dwane Casey Earns 300th Win as Raptors Head Coach

Source: Kaylee Pofahl, Sporting News Dwane Casey did what no Raptors head coach had done before Sunday. With the team’s 123-103 blowout victory against the Hornets, Casey became the first Raptors head coach to reach 300 career wins. Toronto also moved past Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference standings and extended its winning streak to five straight games.[…]

Steve Kerr Becomes Fastest Coach in Amercian Sports History to Reach 250 Wins

Source: Chris Haynes, ESPN OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr became the fastest coach to win 250 games after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 on Saturday night. The Golden State Warriors head coach reached the 250 career mark in just 302 games, 44 faster than Phil Jackson’s previous record. It’s also the fewest games to 250 wins[…]

NBCA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF COACH R.J. ADELMAN

NEW YORK, February 9, 2018 – The membership of the National Basketball Coaches Association (all Head and Assistant Coaches in the NBA and its alumni group) mourn the passing of Coach R.J. Adelman. R.J. worked for the Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves during his NBA career. National Basketball Coaches Association President[…]

Meet Philadelphia Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown

76ers Coach Brett Brown discusses his time coaching underneath Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Popovich put a huge emphasis on holding everyone, even the stars, accountable as well as forming lasting relationships with his staff and his players. Coach Brown talks about how his experiences with many Hall of Fame coaches, as[…]

Michael Malone Collects 100th Victory as Nuggets Head Coach

Source: Christopher Dempsey, NBA.com/nuggets One-hundred wins. It’s a nice early milestone for coaches, and Nuggets coach Michael Malone collected his 100th victory in the win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night. But what does it mean to Malone? He gave a thoughtful look at how he views it after shootaround on Saturday morning. “One hundred[…]

Brett Brown Earns 100th Win as Head Coach

Source: David Goodman, The Philly Sports Cave Brett Brown joined the Philadelphia 76ers as head coach way back in August of 2013, one of the first hires by former GM Sam Hinkie. When he was hired by the organization, Brown knew that there would be a lot of pain before there would be any pleasure. Three years[…]

Erik Spoelstra and Terry Stotts named January Coaches of the Month

NEW YORK — The Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January. Spoelstra led the Heat to a 10-5 record for the month, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference.  Miami went[…]

Podcast: Jim Boylen Discusses Coaching Strategies

Chicago Bulls associate head coach Jim Boylen joins the Dunc’d On Podcast with Nate Duncan to discuss the evolution of the Bulls this year, his favorite drill, his journey from San Antonio to Chicago, and more. This was a revealing talk with a lot of new NBA defensive terminology. Fast forward to the 34:20 mark to[…]

Dwane Casey to Coach Team Lebron at 2018 All-Star Game

Source: NBA.com NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2018 – Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET). Casey becomes the Raptors’ first All-Star Game head coach.  He earned the honor for the first time in his nine[…]

Mike D’Antoni to Coach Team Stephen at 2018 All-Star Game

Source: NBA.com NEW YORK – Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and his staff will coach Team Stephen in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  D’Antoni joins Rudy Tomjanovich (1997) as the Rockets’ only All-Star Game head coaches. A two-time NBA Coach of the Year, D’Antoni[…]

Meet Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer

Atlanta Hawks’ Coach Mike Budenholzer briefly discusses his coaching path and how he ended up becoming the head coach in Atlanta. He is a part of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree and was with the Spurs for many years before getting the head coaching job in Atlanta. He has coached notable players such as David[…]

Spurs Assistant Becky Hammon Has Made An Impact On, Off The Court

Source: Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express News Leigh Anne Gullett faced a conundrum. It was NBA All-Star weekend in Houston in February 2006, and Gullett was new to her job as public relations director of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars. While working the event, Gullett was waiting in line one day at a Starbucks[…]

New Year, New You – NBA FIT Week

Source: Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN / NBA FIT NBA FIT Content The year 2017 has come and gone, and we now embark on a glimmering New Year in 2018. Did you set health and wellness goals or resolutions in 2017? Do you even remember what they were? Did you stick to them? Has your[…]

Podcast: Nate McMillan Reflects On His Coaching Career

Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan sat down with NBC Sports Northwest’s Jason Quick for a two-part podcast interview, discussing how he got into coaching, the player he’s had the best connection with and Brandon Roy’s coaching career. McMillan was head coach of the Blazers between 2005 and 2012, compiling a record of 266-269 with three playoff appearances. NBC Sports Northwest Trail[…]

Meet Coach Stan Van Gundy

Detroit Piston’s Coach Stan Van Gundy discusses how he learned the game of basketball through players he’s been around, such as Udonis Haslem and J.J. Redick. He discusses how hard work was essential to these players finding a spot in the NBA and how he uses what he learned from them to help coach his[…]

The Baseline NBA Podcast Discusses eCoachBasketball

NBA Coaches Association Executive Director David Fogel and eCoach Director of Business Operations Collier Mills join The Baseline NBA Podcast to discuss eCoachBasketball. Fast forward to the 34 minute mark to listen to the eCoachBasketball segment!    

Coaches Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was a basketball player at the Air Force Academy on April 4, 1968, the day civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was attending an all-black school in a racially segregated small town in Kentucky. DetroitPistons coach Stan[…]

On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birth

via Tim Reynolds, AP Gone are the days when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra would spend the final few pregame moments wolfing down hot dogs while pulling on his suit jacket and hurrying to the court. It’s all different now, and more changes are coming. Chicken fingers and coffee have been replaced by green juice and[…]

What Steve Clifford Had To Change To Keep Coaching

via Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN Two years ago, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford turned to the team’s medical staff, searching for something to dull his periodic headaches. They gave him medication to manage the pain, and Clifford marched the franchise into the 2016 playoffs. Time passed, but the headaches only worsened. Doctors ran him through a battery of[…]

Nate McMillan: Rebounding with the Move Drill

Indiana Pacers head coach, Nate McMillan, is adding a series of new videos on the importance of rebounding into the eCoachBasketball library on Friday January 12th. In this particular video Coach walks you through the rebounding “Move Drill” and gives tips on how to become a better rebounder. eCoachBasketball app now available on iOS: https://apple.co/2CAfbvi

NBCA Official Statement On Jeff Goodman’s ESPN Article About Coach Luke Walton

National Basketball Coaches Association Statement on the January 7, 2018 ESPN Article by Jeff Goodman on Coach Walton and the Lakers: ESPN and The Walt Disney Corporation have long served as a trusted partner of the NBA and the greater NBA family. NBA Coaches have valued this relationship with ESPN. They have willingly contributed to[…]

Nuggets Assistant Coach Bob Weiss Is A Man Of Many Talents

Source: Cealey Godwin, KUSA A 12-year NBA career. A championship title with the Philadelphia 76ers. A 34-year career as a professional basketball coach. It’s a ginormous list of accomplishments for any man or woman, but for Nuggets assistant coach Bob Weiss, there’s always room to add some more. “I like to kind of learn how things[…]

eCoachBasketball, Powered by the National Basketball Coaches Association, Instructional App Launching Today on iOS

NEW YORK (January 3, 2018) – The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA), in alliance with eCoach, launches the eCoachBasketball instructional platform today on iOS, allowing athletes, coaches, parents and others globally to learn the game from the sport’s greatest teachers — current and former NBA Head and Assistant Coaches. Powered by a robust digital coaching[…]

Dwane Casey and Steve Kerr named December Coaches of the Month

Via NBA.com NEW YORK — The Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey and the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December, including a 6-0 mark at Air Canada[…]

Gregg Popovich Reaches 5th On All-Time Coaching Wins

Via NBA.com San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich moved into fifth place in career coaching victories with Monday’s 100-91 triumph over the Knicks. Popovich now has 1,176 wins in 1,694 games dating back to 1997, all with the Spurs. Only former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan registered more victories with one team (1,223, which includes playoff wins). Most[…]

Dwane Casey Joins The Lowe Post Podcast with Zach Lowe

Via Zach Lowe, ESPN Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey recently joined Zach Lowe’s The Lowe Post podcast to talk about the Raptors’ new look, coaching in Japan, the 2011 Dallas Mavericks and more! Click here to listen to the full podcast episode:  Dwane Casey, Raptors

Dwane Casey Unhesitant In Trusting Toronto Raptors Coaching Staff

Via Doug Smith, The Star They gather maybe 20 metres away from the bench during timeouts, Dwane Casey and his in-game Raptors assistant coaching braintrust, debating what’s working and what’s not, what they might do in the moment or later in the game, churning through plays and defensive assignments and what’s being done to them by the[…]

Jay Triano Coaches the Suns to a Last Second Victory

Via ESPN An interim coach’s play and a little-known rule lifted the Phoenix Suns past the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The Suns notched a 99-97 win, thanks to Phoenix big men Dragan Bender and Tyson Chandler connecting on an out-of-bounds alley-oop that provided the winning margin in the final second of play. Bender delivered the pass to Chandler, who threw home a[…]

New Tradition For Morell’s Scott Morrison

Source: Jason Malloy. The Gaurdian Scott Morrison grew up in a religious family where the reason for the Christmas season was evident. But Dec. 25 also brought another gift to the Morell family’s household: A marathon of basketball games. “That was a big part of the day in our house,” Morrison told The Guardian this week.[…]

How Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks are Helping Reshape the Nets

Via Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer A black, glossy sign hangs on the wall outside of Sean Marks’s office at the Brooklyn Nets’ two-year-old practice facility on 39th Street in Brooklyn. An intricately designed maze, like the one in Westworld, lies in the middle. A light-blue line maps the correct path in and out of the puzzle. Above it,[…]

76ers Unveil Maurice Cheeks Statue Outside Training Complex in Camden

Via Marc Narducci, philly.com With Maurice Cheeks in Philadelphia as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 76ers unveiled a statue of their former point guard outside the training complex in Camden. During the second timeout of the first quarter of Friday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center with the Thunder, the fans and Cheeks[…]

Tyronn Lue Wins 100th Game as Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach

Via Joe Vardon, Cleveland.com CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers toasted coach Tyronn Lue’s 100th win Saturday with popcorn. Hey, it beats the water the Cavs usually dump on someone for a personal milestone inside the locker room. Cleveland’s 109-100 victory over the Utah Jazz was the 100th of Lue’s head coaching career, which dates to Jan. 23, 2016. He[…]

Erik Spoelstra Passes Pat Riley With Most Wins in Franchise History

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra became the franchise’s all-time wins leader, earning his 455th victory when his team beat the LA Clippers 90-85 at home on Saturday night. Spoelstra passed Pat Riley to break the record. Spoelstra is only one of two active head coaches in the NBA to post at least 450 wins with their current team, joining[…]

Tyronn Lue and the Cavs Make Their Annual Hospital Visit

Via Cavs.com It may be the most wonderful time of the year for many people, but for youngsters having to stay in the hospital, the holidays can be anything but. So with that in mind, the Cleveland Cavaliers set out to make spirits brighton Wednesday, visiting the patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s as part of the Cavaliers Season of Giving, presented[…]

Memphis Grizzlies Hire Greg Buckner as Assistant Coach

Via Ronald Tillery, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee The Grizzlies hired Greg Buckner as an assistant coach, and he will join the bench Friday night when they host the Toronto Raptors, according to a source close to the team. Buckner, 41, most recently served as an analyst for Fox Sports Southwest. He opined during the pregame, halftime[…]

Brad Stevens and Mike D’Antoni named October/November Coaches of the Month

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November. Stevens guided the Celtics to an NBA-best 19-4 record during October and November, including a 9-2 mark at home and a 10-2 mark on[…]

Behind the Scenes: Pacer Practice with Nate McMillan

Take a look at this behind the scenes feature of Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan mic’d up for a recent practice at the St. Vincent Center. This feature provides an exclusive look at how McMillan runs practices and motivates his players. Source: FOX Sports