Saturday, February 28, 2015

Answering Questions from viewers and stating Opinions by Coach Scott Fields

Coaching is wearing many hats Daily.
I am answering a few viewer Questions and stating a few opinions here.

Sharing Thoughts and Answering Questions
By Coach Scott Fields

Allow me to preface this short blog with a heartfelt thanks for the continued support of our Show and Post on this site. I am very appreciative.
I receive questions from viewers and people are curious of my opinions on current events in the game of basketball.
I awake this morning of the loss of another great. 
R.I.P. Anthony Mason. I was able to coach against you when you played with Penny Hardaway in the Long Beach summer league. We were in the final four and you were staying in shape. The game lost a great competitor at the early age of 48. 
I am also sad for the loss of two great Coaches in our fraternity.
Two polar opposites when it comes to style. Coach Dean Smith, who is "Carolina Blue" he was an innovator, the 4 corner spread offense and Coach of many successful NBA players, Michael Jordon being just one of those. He was a great basketball mind. 
Coach Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian. Sadly, best known or recognized for his NCAA scandals. But he was a man who gave men a chance, a second chance. He took kids from the streets when other coaches wouldn't take a risk. Just as Coach Smith is Carolina Blue, Coach Tark is "Running Rebels". They will be missed. They both did it their way with no regrets. I have books by each in my library. Rest Easy in Heaven !

I did have a text asking me about storming the courts after a victory.
Let me say this, the college game is exciting, the atmosphere is second to known. You have excited students in full support of their teams and institutions. Do I feel it should be stopped ? No, but I say it should be controlled so players and coaches don't get hurt. I feel security should take care of the opposing Teams coach and players to locker room. Allow the fans to celebrate with their players. Allow the players to embrace the accomplishment of an upset win. There is nothing better, I am not going to be overly sensitive to this topic. These students have the pressure of college and classes, allow them to blow off some steam. But, I say control it so no one is hurt, injured or killed. The NCAA is not Euroleague Soccer. I have been in those stadiums as. Pro Coach, now they need reform.

In the wake of the Coach Stallings of Vanderbilt screaming at a student/athlete in the Post game handshake line, do I have an opinion? Yes, but again, it is easy to look back at it and have 20/20 vision.
I have always said this. "I would never want a judgmental person to walk in my home and tell me how to raise my kids." This when I know what goes on in my house everyday. I know my kids better than they do, I know what is best for them.
Are parents perfect? Are Coaches perfect? Am I perfect? The answer is No.
We don't know about the relationship of the Coach and with the student/athlete.
We don't know of a history of discipline in the relationship?
Do I agree with the Coaches principle? Yes, I believe sportsmanship is important, I believe teaching respect and humbleness is vital. But did Coach Stallings go about it the wrong way? Yes, in my humble opinion. I have a different philosophy.
I don't believe it is needed to embarrass a player. It could have waited until it got to the locker room behind closed doors. So, the fundamental mistake was made, he aired out family business in public.
Did Coach need to use that language? No, and he admitted to that.
When the opposing assistant coach made the Head Coach aware of the issue, he could have responded by saying, we will handle this. The Head Coach could have made it a learning experience for everyone in the locker room. He could have been made an example of, and other players would learn that this behavior would never be tolerated. Instead, now the Coach too is an example of what not to do in that situation.

With that said, this is the greatest game. This is the greatest time of Year.
High School tournament action is in full swing. College basketball tournament action is about to begin with March Madness around the corner. NBA is in the home stretch before playoff action.

There is nothing like it. This page and Show is about Empower.Educate.Grow. And everyday is an opportunity to Grow as players and Coaches. We as a society can all learn and grow and reflect on our mistakes. The important part is not to repeat the mistake.

God Bless you on your journey ! 
Parents, use these opportunities to teach life lessons. YOU are the role models. Not the Players, not the Coaches. Parents, you are the examples to your children. Teach the values, Teach the behavior your expect, Teach what is expected, Use this time to communicate and bond with your children. Don't just rush to Twitter to respond and cast judgement. This is the technology and society we live in.
Don't rush to judge and cast stones, rush to Teach your children what is appropriate behavior. We will all benefit from that.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Father/Son combinations in the NBA - How Many ?

How many Father/Son combinations are there in the NBA ?

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Fan of the Week -Carl Auten

FAN of the Week
Carl Auten 
Carl Auten from Indiana is the Coach Scott Fields Show Fan of the Week.
Carl took this selfie while watching the Show last Tuesday February 24 with special guest NBA Hall of Fame Alex English.

Carl is a childhood friend of Coach Scott Fields. They played basketball in the summer from sun up to sun down while in high school at Lewis Cass.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Taking your Focus to another Level -by Coach Scott Fields

Taking your Focus and changing your perspective will
increase your Shooting percentage.
Two men's basketballs fit in the Rim at the same time,
and we can take that rim and put your entire body in that rim.
So, don't tell me you can't shoot a higher percentage.
Taking your Focus to another Level.
By Coach Scott Fields

I have always said, "Average is just as close to Failure as it is to Success."

The same is true when it comes to Shooting and effective Teaching of Shooting.
Why not be as close to Perfect as possible?  It is a process, it is done in progression.
It takes time, it takes dedication. It takes hours of focus and repetition.
I am taking that focus to another level. Here is how to do it.

I want to preface this post by sharing with you that I have utilized this visual demonstration and challenge since the late 1980's.
I was blessed to be able to coordinate and conducted Shooting Camps and Clinics around the country as I completed my undergraduate degree and was already a Full Time College Basketball Coach. Yes, this was before social media, before FaceBook and Twitter and Instagram.

This means it has been used and effective for over a quarter of a century. I guess that explains the grey hair, It is not 50 shades of Grey it is 50 hairs total on my head.
Enough with the jokes, I have taught proper Shooting mechanics in progression (see earlier post on Proper Shooting Mechanics) once an athlete has proper mechanics from months of proper repetition and proper mechanics there will be an increase in percentage of shots made. Players will typically hit a ceiling. I like to raise that ceiling by challenging the athlete to be perfect.
This is done by forcing laser like focus and precision. Now we are not just satisfied with a make.
I am now focused on how we make the Shot. 
I make this Fun, I make it a Game within the Game. I believe in details. 
 I have taken thousands of athletes from around the country. We can take an athlete who shoots 75% and we raise that percentage to 83% just with this Challenge.
How ? Allow me this opportunity to share this with you.
I don't care if you are an AAU coach, a Jr. High, High School or Small College or Major College Coach. I have even taken hundreds of Professional athletes and raised their Free Throw percentage with this focus on details and challenge.
It is paying attention to this simple detail.
I am now taking an athletes who has increased their percentage with proper Shooting Mechanics and I take them to another level.
I am no longer recording makes or misses. 
I am now recording makes and I am paying attention to how the shot is made.
I award points for a make. I award points for what type of make it is.
Allow me to explain further. A official Mens basketball is half of the circumference of the Rim. This simply means, Two official mens size basketball will fit in the Rim at the same time.
I provide this visual for the athlete, I even take the rim and put it over the body of the shooter.
I am changing the perception of the shooter. If they visually see two basketballs fit in the rim they shoot into everyday. And I take the same rim and I put that rim over the body of the shooter. I simplify the game. Now I challenge them for perfection on their makes.
I give a point system on their makes.
As the coach, I am observing where the shot initially hits the rim, this is all I am now watching. I am marking the shot and providing points on this concept.
The points system is as follows:
I give 5 points for a perfect Swish, this means the ball passes through the rim and doesn't touch rim as it passes through the rim. The term, nothing but Net (Swish) that is a five point shot. So I am challenging the shooter to aim for a 5 on every shot. If a shooter takes 5 shots we want a perfect 5 points on every shot. This is 5 shots and 5 points on each shot so (5x5) is 25 total points.
If a player shoots and the ball hits the back of the rim and goes in, I award 4 points for that shot.
If a player shoots a shot and the ball hits the side of the rim and in, I award 3 points for that shot.
If the player shoots the ball and they hit the front of the rim and in, I award 2 points for that.
If the shooter shoots the ball and it is a bank shot make, I award 1 point for that shot.
If a player shoots and misses the shot as it doesn't go in, I award 0 points on that shot.
As a coach, we are now forcing the players to be competitive and not only make the shots, but now they are focused on making the perfect swish shot, to score a 5 on every shot.
I assure you, and I promise you as the Coach and I promise the player, your Shooting percentage will increase. 
Do it, Use it, Share it, but remember to tell them, you learned it from Coach Scott Fields.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

NBA Hall of Famer Alex English our next Special Guest

Alex English will be the next guest on the Coach Scott Fields Show
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HIS #2 Jersey is retired by the Denver Nuggets
Alex English in an NBA HALL OF FAME inductee
Multiple over 40 pt games

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Josh Daniels another Winner on the Show

Josh Daniels Live on the Coach Scott Fields Show
Winner of the Pat Williams autographed Copy of "Triumph"

Josh Daniels stopped by the set of the Coach Scott Fields show in Bravehaven studios on Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015 to get his Winnings. The Pat Williams autographed copy of "Triumph"

He won with his Tweets using #CoachSFShow during the Brock Gillespie segment.
Josh is busy these days at the Utah State Capital as a lobbiest. Josh resides in Saratoga Springs, Utah.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Are you Coaching and Teaching for the RIGHT reasons ? - by Coach Scott Fields

Coaching and Teaching some of Utah's youth
Spending Time and Giving back to the Game.
Are you Coaching for All the "RIGHT" reasons ?
By Coach Scott Fields

I am writing this post after a workout this morning, I am speaking from my heart and winging this from my cuff this morning. I just want to share with you what's on my mind at this time. Thanks for indulging me. I hope it sparks dialog and triggers deep thought.

There is a Chinese proverb that states "Give a man a Fish he will Eat for a Day, Teach a man to Fish and he will Eat for a Lifetime"

I am inspired to write this post in the wake of what is being reported this past week with the Little League World Series. It's true, I don't have all of the facts and I am not rushing to judgement here. I am writing this to all the Coaches who Coach for the next Endorsement, the next Win, the Next Sponsorship Check, the next higher level Coaching job. I am writing this to all the Coaches who live through their athletes.
I am also not writing this post to lump All Coaches in the same category. 
I am aware that many AAU coaches get a bad rap. It is true, I coached my son for three years in AAU and I witnessed some things that I was ashamed I was observing. I coached my son, so I could help him and his friends develop and make a transition to the next level easier. It was bonding time and we made it Family time. I took my 13 years of college coaching and I took my 15 plus years of professional coaching experience to Teach the game I love to a great group of fine young men.
I coached my son for three summers his 15-16-17 yr old age groups. I was between Professional Coaching jobs in China and Venezuela.these were Spring and Summer times. I was with former NBA and NCAA standout Thurl Bailey. Thurl is well respected in our community, I will say this,  it was Thurl who contacted me,and I was honored, this was his AAU organization. I was under his umbrella. I believe we are as good as the people we surround ourselves with. Thurl is well respected for providing opportunities for young players and respected in the Basketball community. Thurl  and I shared the same vision. It was about the kids.
I will say it again. It was about the Kids.
I know I am coming strong, things we were teaching were Life Skills. But we used the Game of Basketball as a platform to do this. 
I am careful to not generalize here, or make stereotypical remarks, what I am trying to say is the following: 
Parents and Coaches, lets put our delusional thoughts aside here for a moment. The chances or percentages of your son or daughter or athlete becoming the next NBA or WNBA All Star are very slim. Almost a chance of none. Can it happen? Yes, but realistically, These All Star athletes are very gifted, they have been blessed with  a tremendous skill set, they have a drive and ambition second to none. These athletes also have a work ethic unknown to many. I just want to put it all in proper perspective.
I have been blessed and I am humbled to have had the experiences I have had in my career. I am not going to name drop to impress, I am just going to say. I have been lucky and made multiple sacrifices along the way.
Coaches should be coaching the fundamentals. Drilling the fundamentals. Demonstrating the fundamentals, and repeating those fundamentals.
Dribble, Pass, Shooting, Rebounding ect.
I am not trying to come off sounding like a Charles Barkley or Kobe Bryant. But there is some truth to some of their comments.
We here in America have become lazy, complacent, we are not Teaching our youth how to Play the right way. I have coached Professionally in Europe and I have seen the benefits of a Club and their youth development programs. I see players today going to college programs and they don't know how to throw a rap around post entree pass. I see players who don't know how to use a screen. I see college level players who don't know how to take a charge or play help side defense? Is the the High School Coaches fault ? Yes! Is it the AAU coaches fault? Yes! Is it the parents fault ? Yes! We are all Quilty for enabling our youth, causing a since of entitlement. This is an issue with our current society. We live in a microwave society, We all want it. We want it now, not allowing time for the process. Not only should basketball skills be taught and demonstrated properly we should also be teaching the more important Life Skills.
I also believe that these life skills should be taught. On and Off the court.
I believe that teaching our youth how to represent them self appropriately. Looking a person in the eye, having a firm hand shake, speaking articulate.
We should be teaching our youth how to dress. I am not saying everyone should be in suit and tie, I am saying to them to be neat and clean. I am talking about pants pulled up, shirts pressed, shoes clean, not untied, pants sagging past the backside. Not wearing a hat inside a building or backwards, putting their phones and headphones down and off when in a classroom, or in public.I am talking about how to represent their Family, their Coach, their Team, their Community with Class and Pride. I am talking about teaching youth how to go into a restaurant, how to order, how to speak with their host with respect. I am talking about teaching older kids lessons on what it means to own and how to use a debit or credit card, Teach them how interest rates work. Teach them how to write out a budget. I know checks are becoming obsolete, but teach a young athlete how to write a check. How about Teaching a young athlete how to dress for an job interview? Taking the time to set up and run a mock interview. How many coaches talk to our youth about being a gentlemen? How to treat a women with respect. How to talk to your dates parents? How to open a door for their date ? I hope parents are role models ? But if not, they need to be taught. What about giving your arm to a gal? How to hold her hand to make her feel comfortable and secure in a crowd. Do you teach them how to properly introduce himself and friend to others? Do you talk to them and teach them how to fill out a job application? How to approach an employer? How to interview for a job?
How about how to pick a spouse or significant other, and then how to treat that person. Treat them like Queen or King everyday, make everyday Valentines or a honeymoon. Not to take that person for granted. Teach them how to communicate effectively daily with that girlfriend or boyfriend.
Teach an athlete how to cook for himself, how to use a microwave, how to work an oven. How about how to do his or her own laundry?  How about teaching them to sow?
I am sad and very disappointed when I learn about Coaches who abuse their title and cross boundaries with members of the opposite sex for sexual favors....Are you kidding me! You are not a coach, you are a predator? And you should never be a Coach again.
I am pointing a finger at you, if you are a person who can't hold himself or his players accountable for his or her actions?
I am pointing a finger at you, if you are a person who tries to build a relationship to exploit an athlete for any type of personal gain.
I know it sounds political to use words such as Accountability or Transparency.
I am also sad to learn of Coaches who bend the rules to Win? What are you teaching our youth? Are you saying it is ok, unless you get caught? Are you saying it's ok, because we will win? Now like the Little League coaches who have it suddenly striped away, then have to explain why it was taken away? 
What about teaching Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty, Humility, how about Teaching the art of Giving Back? The quality to Give to those who are less fortunate? How about Teaching Kids how to choose a friend wisely? Who about teaching future Leaders on how to stand up for a purpose? A cause? Teach kids what it means to help in a community project? Teach them the responsibility of how to clean a park, or a tagged bridge.
Teach a child if they skip a class they will not Play. Teach a young athlete if they are Late he will not participate. Teach a young athlete he they act out on the court or on the bench, they will not have a jersey. Teach them what sportsmanship is all about. 
I have seen to many Coaches scared to teach discipline. I see Coaches trying to be friends, not coaches.
How many times have you seen a Coach afraid to talk to a parent about an issue? Coaches need to Teach parents how to be Parents, fill their athletes emotional fuel tank. Be supportive and Echo and support the coach with his choice on structure and discipline. I want to see more Coaches demand respect and Teach these previously mentioned Life skills plus many others. I want to see coaches not allow entitlement. I want to see Coaches Empower and Mold our youth to be productive citizens. I want to see Coaches hold themselves Accountable and Lead by example. l want to see Coaches who prepare and out work all other coaches. I want to see Coaches who take the time to Teach Life Skills, the Worlds current events and how it could effect them. I want to see Coaches who teach from others mistakes. 
If you are not Coaching for the right reasons, please don't smear the title of Coach for those who honor and take pride in the title. 
We all have to answer to the Person in the Mirror. 
I want to see Values, Morals, I want to see more coaches who Teach that Life is hard, Life is struggles, I want to see Coaches Teach our youth how to handle adversity with class.  I want to see Coaches Teach young athletes how to be selfless and grateful. I want to see Coaches Teach our youth how to learn from a loss. I want to see more Coaches Teach our Youth how to say "Thank You" "I appreciate you" and " I Love you"
I want to see Coaches teach how to talk with their Teachers or Administrators with class and respect when they struggle with class work or don't understand a lesson. 
I want to see Coaches take the time to get to know and understand their Players and their backgrounds. I want to see Coaches teach players not to Judge, not to Hate. I want to see Coaches Teach Players how to talk with Parents when they are making unhealthy choices for their lives. I want to see Leaders being molded. I want to see successful hard workers being made for our communities. I want to see Coaches teach Responsibility. A successful Coach can teach Character with a loss. I believe a successful Coach can create a culture of all things Right. 
We as Parents are not always right. We as Coaches are not always right. But we are correct in Educating ourselves and Empowering ourselves with knowledge of others daily. 
I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you are a Players Coach, Teach and Educate your Players daily. Challenge your players daily to leave their comfort zone and Grow.
If you are a Coaches Coach, Teach your Coaches to Lead by example. How your coaches to a higher standard. Empower your Coaches. Educate your Coaches, provide resources for your Coaches with everything they need, not with what they want.

I will be the first to share with you, I have made mistakes in my past, I have made mistakes in my career, but I have learned and grown from each of those mistakes and I have not repeated those mistakes. I am not perfect, but I strive to be, thank you for allow me to grow with you on this journey. I am humbled by your support.
I hope that this post will trigger inspiration on your journey in sports and in life.
But I hope this inspires You as Coaches to always do it for the Kids.

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Quote of the Day

Love it All, Embrace it All
This Quote says it all
Thanks  J Carpenter

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Quote of the Day-Friday Feb 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

Coach Paul Mokeski next weeks guest Tue Feb 17, 2015

Coach Paul Mokeski Live  Tue Feb 17, 2015
Coach Paul "Big Mo" Mokeski will be our Special Guest next Tuesday Feb 17, 2015.
Coach Mo has been a Player in the NBA, Coach Mo has been an NBA assistant Coach, NBA D League Head Coach and assistant coach. Coach Mo has been a FIBA National Team assistant Coach and is currently coaching in Canada.

Listen to his journey, his insight on a Player and Coach. This will be a great segment for our viewers.I am proud to call Coach Mo a friend. And I am thrilled to have him on the Show

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Coach Gordon Chiesa with Coach Scott Fields and Bob and Nic from Bravehaven media

Coach Gordon Chiesa with Coach Scott Fields
Bob and Nic Fitzgerald of Bravehaven Media
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Observations of 1000 Wins for Coach Gregg Popovich -By Coach Scott Fields

San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich with 1000 Wins
Observations of a Winner - by Coach Scott Fields
I wanted to take this opportunity to write a Post on my observations of Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.  This is from a Professional Basketball Coaches perspective, Not a media perspective, I am not a professional writer, I am just a Coach who respects learning from successful people that I can grow from, learn from and Empower myself with their knowledge and actions.
Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to share things from my perspective. I hope it helps you on your professional journey as well.

I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts on my observations of Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. This is special in our fraternity. I am not just speaking about the fact he has reached 1000 wins, but it is about how he has done it. This of course, is from a professional coaches perspective. This is as much about longevity with one franchise, which is special and unique. This is even more difficult to do in today's society. I think about how much the game has changed and how much the circumstances have changed and the environment has changed. This since his first NBA game won. Today we have social media, We have owners who want it, and they want it NOW. This is the microwave society we live in. Owners want it now, Fans want it now. The Media wants it now. Longevity is not easy today. This is another reason why I feel this is special. I don't have the numbers, but, I am stabbing in the dark here, I would assume that Pop has more wins than a few franchises combined.
Yes, it is a 1000 wins, and it takes an Owner to stay in his lane. let his GM do his job, let the Coach do his job. It is about drafting the right players to fit the philosophy and chemistry of the Team. it is about building relationships with your athletes. It is about building a strong relationship with your Star. It is about getting not only your star to lead by example and buy into the system. It is getting your Star to be selfless. It is not about not making the athlete think less of himself, it is about making them understand that giving of oneself for the betterment of the Team.
Is this an easier task to accomplish in a smaller media market? Is this about some Luck in the draft ? is this about drafting foreign born stars who are not entitled as American athletes? many things can be said and asked?
Let talk about what we see from the outside looking in. Lets give credit where credit is do. What can a young Coach learn from observing Coach Pop.
I see a man who is passionate about his job. I see a man who loves what he does. I see a man who cares about his players. I see a man who put the relationship of his athletes first. I see a man who built a culture of winning. I see a man who works well with the Owner and GM. I see the success in keeping everyone on the same page in the building the culture and franchise. I see a great communicator. I see a man who stands for his integrity. I see a man who has a philosophy. I see a man who loves to Teach. I see a man who isn't afraid to hold people accountable. I see a man who yes, has great players. but he manages those players. I see a man who has changed with the game when the game and the abilities of his players have changed.
Coach Pop had "The Admiral" and I see a Coach who brought in Timmy Duncan, a man who played all four years in college. I saw a Coach who got players to adapt to their roles within the Team. I saw the torch passed from David Robinson to Tim Duncan. I saw a Coach who went through the bigs on the block to start his offensive attack, then saw a Coach change when the players aged and skill sets changed. I saw a Coach bring in a Tony Parker and helped him understand his role. I saw a Coach help take a Manu Ginobili and make his skills mesh with a Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and took an athlete from San Diego State in Kawhi Leonard and developed his game to become a scorer and shooter, and then with the unselfish play of his stars make this player a Finals MVP.
Now lets talk about what we all observed in the NBA Finals.
The NBA Finals and the exhibition that was put on. This was basketball at it purest form. This was against the media favored and fan favorite giants in Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and a Team constructed by Winner Pat Riley.  I watched a Team that had a Championship snatched from their grasp. I see stars hurt when the lost. I saw a Team come back with a vengeance.  Yes, it is cliche', but it is so true.
"Performance Reflected Leadership"
Coach Pop kept his players fresh, he took an aging Team and an under the radar Big Three in Tim, Manu and Tony with Players who knew and understood their roles.
Coach Pop also would buck the system a bit , he was clever as a Fox, he didn't care about a game in December or a game in February, he would rest his stars even when social media and the press would question him.  Coach Pop used it as an opportunity to accomplish multiple things. 1) rest his stars, and 2) gain valuable experience for his younger role players to have to step up and contribute to winning. This is the culture he created and players deep on the bench gained confidence and knew they could perform on the road and in a hostile environment.
This was a masterful, he was building a bench, they now had stars, they had a bench, and they had role players who embraced their roles.
Yes,they played unselfish. Yes they made the extra pass, yes, they played for each other. There was spacing, there was ball movement, there were the hockey assist. A pass before the pass to the wide open man. It was a thing of beauty.
There was also tough defense and great adjustments being made.
As a Coach, it was a clinic to watch. As a Coach, it was basketball at is purest form. As a Coach, I loved watching the bench support the players that were on the court, Players were engaged in the game, they were up supporting each other, they were waving towels and chest pumping going on. Not one person was thinking of themself.
I saw a team Focused, I saw a Team with Urgency, I saw Team with laser like focus on execution on offense and attention to detail, I saw a Team playing tough defense on Lebron, they kept fresh legs on him and wearing him down and frustrating a Team and making them look old and a step slow. It was not the old team looking a step slow.
Yes, it is about the players, It is about talent,  It is about being surrounded by good people. I see a Humble Leader, I see a man with his finger in the pulse of his players. Not just the star, but on the pulse of each player, a Observed a Coach watch body language of each player, making game time adjustments, I saw a coach controlling the tempo of not just the game, but the series.
Coach Pop doesn't care about the mandatory TV interview, he will be short, he will not divulge Team information. It has become iconic, except for those conducting the interview. But did you see another side of him when he was interviewed by the son of Craig Sager? That was the true Coach Pop. I see a Coach who knows and understands the process, Coach Pop understands the journey and the marathon that is an entire NBA season. That is 82 regular season games plus each Play Off Series. It is a Grind. I see a Coach who trust his players, I see a Coach who hires Players from within and makes them coaches and front office executives, men who know and understand the culture. I see Coaches give suggestions, I see a Head Coach listen to his brain trust. I see a Coach listen to his players on the floor, but yet, still be stern enough to make the tough decisions when he knows it is the Teams best interest. I see a Coach who has hired a female on his staff. I see a Coach who has hired a successful European coach on his staff. Coach Pop and the Spurs are always proactive and a step ahead of their time. people will continue to question, the Coaching tree of Coach Pop continues to grow and blossom.
I am guessing here but Coach Pop is probably more concerned for Coach Jacque Vaughn and his firing from the Orlando Magic this week than he is for his milestone.
I am proud of Coach Gregg Popovich. Coach Pop will continue to be humble, there will not be celebrations, It will be forward ahead and focus on the next game. I see a Coach preparing his Team and keeping everything in perspective. I see a Coach who will scowl as he is a perfectionist trying to prefect something that can't be perfected. No media hoopla, Just focus on a few games before All Star break.
Congrats to Coach Pop. Keep doing what you do !
I continue to learn and grow from observing your style, your personality.
You remind me a lot off a Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan of The Utah Jazz.
The Hall awaits you, but right now, I am sure you will just enjoy a glass of wine and be ready for the next game and move towards the next accolade. I know, Team first. I see this in your Players and you have inflicted your will well.
Coach Pop you will deflect the attention from yourself and talk about Team, but, Coach Pop, you have the Team playing and representing the Franchise the "Right Way"

Look for the next post on another Hall of Fame Coach soon.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

QOTD- Monday 2/9/15 The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

R.I.P. Coach Dean Smith by Tracy "T Money" Graven

Coach Dean Smith
Mentor, Teacher, Leader and Coach

This article written by Show Blogger T Money of the Coach Scott Fields Show.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Importance of an Organized Practice Plan - by Coach Scott Fields

Importance of an Organized Practice Plan
By Coach Scott Fields

We as Coaches don't just roll out the ball and allow the team to just play.
It is not a physical education class. It's not an open gym, nor a church league run.
This is not black top outdoor ball.

Importance of Organized Practice Plan
By Coach Scott Fields
It is important to be organized.
There should be structure to your organization.
I believe every minute on the court should Teach, Challenge and Develop your Team and Individuals in a competitive environment.
I prefer to have the scoreboard on and a clock running for every drill.
I also believe the drills should be competitive. If it is a shooting drill? Make it competitive. The Winners choose the punishment for the losers.
They will not want to loose again. If it is a block out drill ? Make it competitive.
If you have a defensive drill? Again make it competitive.

There should also be corrections and instruction in your practices.
But, I see coaches over teach and break flow of practices. Keep them moving, keep them flowing.
I like video sessions, I like to show video of adjustments that need to be made.
Before you take the court, watch video. Make this a comfortable learning environment. Allow players to take notes on their notebooks.
I also prefer to video practices, this will slow details that again are teachable moments. Body language. Intensity. Mechanics. Execution. Positioning and rotations.
These things can all be seen and it is easier to hold players accountable.
We live in an age where people are visual learners. Use the technology available to you.

I believe you should chart your shooting and proficiency. this again is visual, it can show rankings, which again is competitive. I also like to see a proper warm up and stretch to start your practices. This is preventative maintenance. You  want to prevent injuries during the season.
If you have a budget to bring in strength and conditioning coaches do it. If not educate yourself on proper warm ups and stretching.
Also get your players in the weight room.Pre season in the weight room is different than season lifting. If you have a budget to hire development coaches do it. These coaches can spend time with players before and after practice for individual development. This is Vital to get the repetitions needed for mechanics, footwork, video sessions or weight training. If not YOU make the time for each player for this individual instruction.

My personal opinion is different than that of some Eastern Block coaches whom are more Military style. I am about Basketball and I am about focusing on details of Basketball play and development.
I like to practice good habits. I don't believe in punishment to punish. I don't believe in 3 hour practices. I believe practice at a high level, focusing on details. I believe in hard, intense , focused practice sessions that last a maximum of 1:45 min.
Why? Lets break it down.
When a player is fatigued, they loose concentration. When they loose concentration they revert back to poor habits and poor mechanics and poor execution.
Go Hard, Go a Intense, Go Competitive, Get out..
Keep the practices Fun, Keep the practices Competitive, Keep the practices instructional to stimulate them both mentally and physically.
Keep the practices positive. Why? Lets break it down. If all you do is be negative with instruction, your message will then be blocked out by your athletes. "If you tell someone they are dumb enough times, they will believe they are dumb."  Then their confidence goes down, their body language is poor, they focus is on how dumb they are and their production goes down. The Moral goes down, the spirit of the Team goes down. If you stay positive, you stay upbeat, you make corrections and allow them to keep their confidence and dignity, the spirit and moral stays positive and productive. You are creating a culture, you are creating a productive environment conducive for Growth and Empowerment.
Focus your practices on what us needed. If you need time on offensive execution. Schedule that time, if you need to make adjustments on defensive rotations, make the time.
Every practice, time should be spent on fundamentals and special situations.
Preparation is key, organization is key.
Performance always reflects leadership. Why not allow music to be playing during practices, this is great for warms ups, fundamental work or shooting. The players will relax and Go Hard. How many times do you see players listening to their music walking into the gym, into the game. It works, it's effective. It motivates and sometimes inspires athletes. Use it to create a winning culture. I believe if players are scared or tight they will not perform at their best. If a plater is relaxed and confident, they perform better. If a player us scared to make a mistake, they will make mistakes. If a player knows the coach gas confidence in them, far less mistakes are made.
I also believe that every practice should be at a high intensity level. Every situation must be game situation. You must condition your body and mind to compete at game speed, you are conditioning good habits. We often hear you play like you practice...TRUE.
I am sad when I hear people say hard work is a skill set. I believe the culture of the Team should be hard work. Habits are formed by what you repeatedly do.

Hold your staff meetings, prepare your staff on what the theme of the practice is, get everyone on the same page. Your assistant coaches are an extension of you, they don't work for you, they work with you. The same message must be given. This stops confusion on the players part.

I will not write a practice plan here.
You as a coach know your personnel. The coach needs to structure practices on what the personnel needs on a daily and weekly basis. set the Tone. set the Goals.
Lead by example, don't let anyone outwork or our prepare you.

Good Luck

I want to add a side note to this post.
The photo attached is in memory of Captain Carlos Morris who's life was tragically taken from us.
R.I.P. Carlos Morris and Prayers and Condolences to his family

You will not be forgotten.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Quote of the day Feb 6, 2015

Quote of the Day
Grow from everything in your Life.

Grow from positive but stay grounded, Grow from Adversity, allow it to be a lesson.
Grow from others, GROW with Opportunity !!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Quote of the Day - Feb 5, 2015

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This is Life, be Proactive, and not Reactive, Go Make it happen for yourself Today

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Special Guest Coach Gordon Chiesa Feb.10, 2015

Coach Gordon Chiesa
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Feb. 10, 2015
We are honored to have this encyclopedia of basketball knowledge as a special guest on our Show.
Gordon was an Assistant Coach with Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz. Gordon is now a scout for the Orlando Magic. Gordon will be a Live in Studio guest at Bravehaven studio.

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