NBA TV’s Open Court Breaks It Down With NBA Coaches

NBA TV’s Open Court Breaks It Down With NBA Coaches


NBA TV’s Open Court recently premiered their sixth season with Open Court: Coaches Edition, which featured an all-star lineup of NBA Coaches. In a one-hour special, the likes of Doc Rivers, Mike D’Antoni, Tom Thibodeau, Dwane Casey & Terry Stotts discussed a broad range of topics including earning respect from players, establishing a winning culture and their most difficult coaching challenges.

Following are a few excerpts from Open Court: Coaches Edition, which aired Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET:

Casey on the coach’s role after a loss: “You go in [to the locker room] after the game, and you want to vent. I learned a while ago that when you go in and vent like that, you are usually wrong – until you go home, watch the film and see what the game was really about, see if that guy really made a mistake. So I’ve learned to talk about a few general things, watch the film and then come back [to address the game in practice].”

Thibodeau on the most challenging player he has have ever coached: “That season – 2008 – the challenge was to get everyone onto the same page as quickly as possible, because we had so many new guys. Rajon [Rondo] was the point guard, and it was a good thing that he had that stubbornness to him because he kept us organized. I thought each year, he grew – it was a challenge, but he did great things for us.”

D’Antoni on the experience of coaching Kobe Bryant: “It’s a privilege to coach him, if you can call that coaching. He’s got a mind of his own, he’s going to do what he wants to do. I saw some things that humans can’t do – the way he battles pain; the way he prepares himself. Mentally, he’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around.”

Click on each link below to see highlights from the premiere: