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This is the podcast where you will hear real basketball coaching conversations. Whether you are a new or experienced coach at any level of basketball these coaching conversations will give you practical ideas to stimulate your coaching and make what you do even better. A member of the Armchair Media Network.

    Episode 123: Mike Mackay, Applying Transformational and Evidence Based Ideas

    Episode 123: Mike Mackay, Applying Transformational and Evidence Based Ideas

    Guest: Mike Mackay, Basketball Canada's Women's High-Performance Manager




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Basketball Canada's Women's High-Performance Manager Mike MacKay joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss applying transformational and evidenced-based ideas.

     

    MacKay, a long-time basketball coach, mentor, and educator, is Performance Manager of the women’s high-performance program for Basketball Canada. In his roe, MacKay is primarily responsible for the continued development of the women’s program’s high-performance athlete profile and the identification of standards against which Canada’s female athletes at the senior, development and youth levels can be measured.

     

    Through his deep knowledge base and familiarity with Canada’s player pool, MacKay provides technical leadership to the women’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) program. The native of Truro, N.S. will also be counted upon to assist and guide the continued development of Canada Basketball’s development and age-group women’s national team coaches.

     

    Mike MacKay returns to the organization after a two-year absence. He previously served as Canada Basketball’s Manager of Coaching Education and Development. He was Manager Coach Education for Canada Basketball from 2004-2010. During this time he leads a team that developed CS4L and New NCCP.

     

    MacKay has coaching experience at many levels including Junior High, High School, Club (mini - Juvenile), University, Provincial team, and National teams.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Facts Without Support

    3:00 - Trial and Error

    5:00 - Transactional vs Transformational Coaching

    7:30 - Transactional Coaching

    10:30 - Improving Players with Transformational Coaching

    13:00 - Check for Understanding

    15:00 - Fast, Open Environment

    17:00 - Stopping to Correct and Teach

    19:30 - VHS

    21:00 - Discovering Unstructered Practice Environment

    24:00 - Freedom comes from Structure

    27:00 - Breaking Down Inbounds

    29:30 - Decision Making and Finding Solution

    33:00 - Creative in Solving Problems in Practice

    37:30 - Constraints for the Defense and Offense

    41:00 - Guidance in the Learning process

    45:00 - Green Eggs and Hams

    48:00 - Who plus Y Equals Y plus How

    51:30 - Layering and Loading Drills

    54:30 - Starting Point

    56:00 - Disruptive Side

    58:00 - Start with Live

    1:00:00 - Applying the Rule of Three

    1:02:00 - Individual and Team Improvement

    1:05:00 - Skill Equals Confidnce

    1:06:30 - His Big Three

    1:10:00 - Stimulate Thinking

    1:12:00 - Conclusion







    Mike Mackay’s Bio

    Bio: https://www.basketball.ca/en/coach/mike-mackay

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdkmackay




    Basketball Immersion

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 122: Lennie Acuff, Art of Coaching

    Episode 122: Lennie Acuff, Art of Coaching

    Guest: Lennie Acuff, Lipscomb University Head Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Lipscomb University head coach Lennie Acuff joins the Basketball Podcast to the art of coaching, and how that art shapes his basketball and program's philosophy. With a 30-year storied coaching career, Acuff has established himself a proven winner and one of the best teachers in the game.

    In Acuff's first season at Lipscomb University, he had seven players, more than 7,700 career points, and 3,000 career rebounds walk out the door prior to his arrival in 2019-20. Not only did he have to work eight first-year players into the roster, but there were only two guys on the team who had ever started a game.

    But for a coach with more than 550 wins over his career, Acuff was ready for the challenge. He continued to tell anyone who would listen that 2019-20 would be a “jumping on point” for the program. Glancing back on his first D-I campaign, it sure looks like he was right. He pushed his team to its fullest potential and put the Bisons back in the ASUN Conference championship game for a third straight season.

    Prior to arriving in Nashville, Acuff spent the previous 22 seasons at the helm of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he built the Chargers program into a national power with a 437-214 overall record. Under Acuff, UAH won eight regular season and three Gulf South Conference tournament championships and earned 11 trips to the NCAA-DII tournament, including two trips to the Elite Eight after winning the NCAA-DII South Regional in 2011 and 2012.

    During that time UAH was ranked in the national polls for 44 consecutive weeks including a No. 2 ranking to end the 2011-12 season. The team’s achievements were also recognized on a national level as Acuff’s team was the first Division II program invited to play in the NIT Season Tip-Off in 2012, and the Chargers defeated North Texas in the opening round of the prestigious event.

    Acuff has been named the NABC District Coach of the Year four times (2000, 2011, 2012, and 2013) and has been honored as the GSC Coach of the Year a conference-record eight times (1999, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016).

    Prior to his tenure at UAH, Acuff was the head coach at Berry College in Rome, Georgia for four seasons, where he established it as one of the premier NAIA programs. At the age of 25, Acuff began his coaching career at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, and was the youngest head coach at a four-year college in the United States at the time.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - Perspective on the Art of Coaching

    4:00 - Princeton Offense

    7:00 - Mentor to a Better Coach

    9:00 - Moving Jobs

    13:00 - Coach from the Community to the Floor 

    14:30 - Going into a New Program

    17:30 - Continuing the Success of Program

    19:00 - Redshirt Freshmen

    21:30 - Forming Culture

    24:00 - Language and Phrasing

    27:00 - Conceptual Names and other Phrasing

    31:00 - Difference between Role and Best Player

    33:00 - Importance of Making Practice Fun

    35:00 - Playing a Lot of Basketball Practices

    38:30 - Competitiveness

    41:00 - Basis for Recruitment of Players

    43:30 - Playing Faster

    47:40 - His Coaching Mentality

    50:00 - Perspective of Coaching First Games

    53:30 - Process of Coaching

    56:30 - Out of Bounds to Inbound Versus Pressure




    Lennie Acuff’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lennie_Acuff

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachacuff




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion




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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 121: Joe Jones, Creating Culture Through Goals

    Episode 121: Joe Jones, Creating Culture Through Goals

    Episode 121: Joe Jones, Creating Culture Through Goals

    Guest: Joe Jones, Boston University Head Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Boston University head coach Joe Jones joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss creating culture

    through goals. In 2020, Boston University defeated Colgate in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament. The victory earned Jones what would have been his first NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach, but the 2020 tournament was subsequently canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones was named a finalist for the 2019-20 Ben Jobe Award.

    During his tenure, Jones has led BU to eight top-five finishes in the conference standings, highlighted by a Patriot League regular-season title in 2014. The Terriers have finished second on three occasions, including most recently in 2020 en route to the tournament crown. They also finished second in both the 2017 PL and 2013 America East schedules. In his nine seasons with the Terriers, Jones has already surpassed names like Rick Pitino, Mike Jarvis, and former NBA head coach John Kuester to No. 2 all-time at BU with 158 victories after helping guide the Terriers to back-to-back Patriot League semifinal appearances in 2017 and 2018. 

    Jones previously served as an assistant coach at Villanova for six seasons (1997-2003) - four years under Steve Lappas and two years under Jay Wright - and was named one of the nation's top recruiters by Eastern Basketball magazine in 1999. During his tenure, the Wildcats advanced to postseason play in five of the six seasons and compiled a 105-83 record. He previously served as the head coach at Columbia University and has worked as an assistant coach at Hofstra University and Boston College too.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Goal Setting for his Program

    4:00 - Playing Heart

    6:30 - Adopting a Goal Setting

    8:30 - Challenges in Setting Team's Goals

    11:00 - Connecting Goals to the Team

    13:00 - Goals Tied to Non-Negotiables 

    16:00 - Team Goals

    19:30 - Goals and One-on-One Session

    23:00 - Information to the players

    25:30 - Encourage and Discourage Goals

    28:00 - Game Goals

    31:00 - Goals that are Less Under Control

    33:00 - Build within his Philosophy

    37:00 - Enforcement of Goal Process

    39:00 - Involvement of the Staff

    43:00 - Subjective Goals

    45:30 - Cheat

    47:00 - Goals within his Program

    50:00 - Answer to the Question

    54:00 - Texting Relationships

    56:00 - Best Offensive Rebounding Drills

    58:40 - Recruiting Process

    1:01:00 - Goals that he needs to see

    1:05:00 - Conclusion




    Joe Jones’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jones_(basketball)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bucoachjones




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 120: Zan Tabak, Modern Post Play

    Episode 120: Zan Tabak, Modern Post Play

     Episode 120: Zan Tabak, Modern Post Play

    Guest: Zan Tabak,  Former NBA Player and Current Professional Head Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, former NBA player and current professional head coach Žan Tabak joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss modern post play.




    Tabak currently serves as a head coach for Basket Zielona Góra of the Polish Basketball League and the main coach of the Slovak national team. His basketball career, spanning twenty years, was marked by several notable achievements, including being the first international player to play in the NBA Finals for two teams. 




    Tabak was chosen in the 2nd Round of the draft, (51st pick) of the NBA by the Houston Rockets. Between 1992 and 1994 he played in the Italian League where the best basketball in Europe was being played. In his two seasons in Italy, both Libertas Livorno and Olimpia Milano, averaged double figures in both points and rebounds. He spent 6 seasons in the NBA in two stages, playing in the NBA Finals twice and winning a championship ring, with the Houston Rockets. He played for four teams in the NBA - Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtic and Indiana Pacers.




    His coaching career started as a scout for the NBA Houston Rockets. He worked as a technical assistant to Joan Plaza for several seasons, both at Real Madrid and in Seville, before becoming a head coach. As the head coach, he has coached in leagues such as LEB, ACB (3 teams), the Euroleague, the Polish League, and the Israeli League.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - How his Philosophy Changed

    2:30 - Changes in Post Play

    7:00 - Modern Pick-and-Roll Players

    10:30 - Value of Teaching all Players

    12:00 - Developing Hand-Eye Coordination

    13:40 - One-on-One on the Post

    15:30 - Read and React, Make Decisions

    18:00 - Skill Development on the Perimeter

    20:00 - Pick and Roller Catches

    23:00 - Can and Can't Score on the Post

    26:30 - Double Team

    30:00 - Imperfect Lineup

    32:00 - Strategies for a Perfect Lineup

    33:00 - Track Post Touches

    34:30 - Improving Post Player Passing

    36:30 - Finishing Ideas

    38:30 - Scoring Around the Rim

    40:00 - Dealing with a Dominant Low Post Scorer

    43:00 - Synergy between Perimeter and Inside Players

    45:00 - Importance of Balance

    48:00 - Video Sessions with his Bigs

    49:00 - Laying Foundation at the Youth Level

    52:00 - Lateral Shooting




    Zan Tabak’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BDan_Tabak




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion




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    • 57 min
    Episode 119: Jay Hernandez, Individual and Team NBA Player Development

    Episode 119: Jay Hernandez, Individual and Team NBA Player Development

    Episode 119: Jay Hernandez, Individual and Team NBA Player Development

    Guest:  Jay Hernandez, Charlotte Hornets Assistant Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Jay Hernandez joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss individual and team NBA player development.

     

    Jay Hernandez completed his second season as Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development with the Hornets. Hernandez started his tenure in the summer of 2018 as Head Coach for the Hornets in the Las Vegas Summer League. From there he was responsible for 4 players including All NBA Selection, Kemba Walker. He managed defensive and offensive scouts as well as working on in game execution of ATO’s. He was also selected to be a Head Coach for the 2019 NBA Combine. Prior to Charlotte, Hernandez spent four seasons (2014-18) as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. He served as a bench assistant when Borrego was the Interim Head Coach for the last 30 games of the 2014-15 season.

     

    Joining the Magic in 2014-15 as an assistant coach/player development, Hernandez worked for Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles and Frank Vogel. Hernandez moved up to assistant coach under Frank Vogel in his 3rd season and became a bench assistant in his 4th season. He was responsible for game scouting, on-court skill development and running pre-draft workouts. 




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Scouting Reports

    4:00 - Player Development Focused at NBA Level

    6:00 - Assessment of Player Development

    9:00 - Player-Led Development

    11:00 - Organized Player-Development Workouts

    14:00 - Team-Focused Situations

    17:00 - Ideal Situation for Player Development

    20:00 - Building comfort and confidence

    22:30 - Helping players connect the game

    26:30 - Decision-making to his players

    30:00 - Helping players get better

    33:00 - Players Pregame Individual Workout

    36:00 - Meeting with his Players

    39:00 - Progress for bench players

    43:00 - Advocating players to head coaches

    45:30 - Conflicts on player's ability/role

    48:30 - Different types of drills

    53:00 - Trial and Error

    55:00 - Conclusion




    Jay Hernandez’s Bio

    Bio: https://nbacoaches.com/jay-hernandez-charlotte-hornets-assistant-coach-entrepreneur-father-and-mma-fighter/




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion




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    • 59 min
    Episode 118: Adrian Griffin, Developing a Coaching Philosophy

    Episode 118: Adrian Griffin, Developing a Coaching Philosophy

    Episode 118: Adrian Griffin, Developing a Coaching Philosophy

    Guest: Adrian Griffin, Toronto Raptors Lead Assistant Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Toronto Raptors lead assistant coach Adrian Griffin joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss developing a coaching philosophy.

    Adrian Griffin is currently an assistant coach for the reigning champion Toronto Raptors. In total he has been an assistant coach with 5 different organizations. By all accounts he is one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA and on his path to becoming a future head coach, Coach Griffin thanks for sharing the game with us. Griffin played in the NBA as a guard and small forward from 1999 to 2008.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Why are you Coaching?

    7:00 - His Favorite Coach

    16:30 - Shaping his Philosophy

    20:00 - Importance of Coaching Philosophy

    22:30 - Focusing on Soft Skills

    26:30 - Reflection of his Core Values

    37:00 - Values that his Team will Embody

    39:30 - Challenges to his Philosophy

    42:30 - Participants Reasons for Playing

    48:00 - Removing his Ego

    52:30 - Changing

    59:00 - Adapting other Coaches Ideas

    1:06:00 - Conclusion




    Adrian Griffin’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Griffin

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/nbacoachgriffin




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion

    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion




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    • 1 hr 11 min

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