Coaching to me is more of a passion then a job. As I mentioned there are a number of coaches in the game of basketball that I admire, but these three trainers approaches and styles stand out to me the most. These coaches, as well as me, treat coaching basketball as a passion rather than a job.
Gregg Popovich, the current head coach for the San Antonio Spurs, has been coaching for over 20 years and is among the most experienced coaches in the NBA for this day. Popovich is notorious for recruiting young players to his team in hopes of earning his players play with poise and precision on the court. Popovich’s 5 different pillars of coaching are something that I model my training strategies on. Those five pillars are belief in his team, battle management, involvement, focus and team building.
Steve Kerr, current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, knows a thing or two about leadership and winning. Kerr has also led the Golden State Warriors to two championships in the 2014-15 season and the 2016-17 season. Kerr’s style of training is based on allowing his player take control of leading the team. He believes that his obligation as coach is to prepare and guide them in training and when it comes game time, they need to be ready and ready as a way to assist one another as team get through conflicts they may face, with as little help as possible from Kerr himself.
John Calipari, current head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team, has been training from 1988 and now coaches till this day. Calipari is most famous for his years at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to numerous championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances. There are many factors that lead to Calipari’s achievement as a coach but the one factor that stands out the most would be his team construction philosophy. This philosophy consists of recruiting most of the best prospects in the nation to come to Kentucky to perform. Also, his ability to place trust in his freshman players by giving them leadership roles on the team allows them to be better leaders on and off the court. Calipari lets his players natural talent decide the role they will have on the team.