Popovich: I can’t make every decision

Gregg Popovich, famously curt and sarcastic, revealed one of the secrets to the San Antonio Spurs‘ success in a moment of candid reflection Tuesday, saying empowering his players to communicate on the court as he does during timeouts is key to getting them to make the right decisions throughout a game. Popovich, speaking to media before[…]

How basketball lifer Steve Clifford is turning the Bobcats around

How do you fix a broken franchise? We’re not talking championships. We’re talking about just not having a team be a broken pile of wreckage, lying beside the shoreline as birds nest on it. Before you figure out how to win a title, you have to figure out the process for being a good basketball[…]

Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra Gets Win No. 300

With Sunday’s 93-79 win over the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra became the sixth-fastest coach in NBA history to reach 300 career regular-season wins. He needed just 448 games to accomplish the feat and now owns an impressive 300-148 record—good for a .670 winning percentage—since taking over as Miami’s coach before the 2008-09 season. Spoelstra’s first two seasons in Miami didn’t exactly set[…]

Talking defense with Scott Brooks

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – When you think of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant‘s scoring comes to mind first. He leads the league by a wide margin, after all. But the Thunder have been a better defensive team than offensive team this season. Heading into Thursday’s matchup with the Heat, they rank sixth in offensive efficiency and third in defensive[…]

Jeff Hornacek and the Use of Sports Psychology

“Hate” is a strong word. I use it sparingly and am intentional when I do. I hate sports clichés. In my humble opinion, most are irrelevant and superfluous. Here are several commonly heard sports clichés that substantiate my claim: “It’s a game of inches.” Translation: Maybe, but you probably just have better players. “That was a gutsy play.” Translation:[…]