Jeff Van Gundy Wisdom
· Don’t over coach. Don’t run too much “stuff.” Keep things simple.
· Albert Einstein: “Be as simple as you can be… but no simpler.”
· Most high school coaches would be twice as successful if they cut out half of their stuff!
· The key to winning: “You need to do what you do better than your opponent does what they do.”
· To coach successfully you need to know what type of player you can coach. Coach Van Gundy has 3 types of players he can’t coach: soft, selfish, and stupid.
· Bill Parcells: “You have to know what loses before you can know what wins.”
· What loses? Giving up lay-ups in transition (not getting back), fouling too much (giving up FT’s), and giving up wide open 3’s (not closing out). You can’t win until you eliminate those 3 things!
· Tony Dungy: “If you want to be uncommon, you have to do what everyone could do or should do, but very few are willing to do.”
· Want to be an uncommon player? Box out. Take charges. Dive for loose balls. Make the extra pass. Those are all things everyone can do… yet very few actually do.
· Here is an answer to the question, “Why am I not playing?” Van Gundy: “I play the players that give us the best chance to win. If you want to play, do something that gives us a better chance to win.”
· Bill Walsh: “A great coach gets players to do what they don’t want to do in order to achieve the things they want to achieve.”
· Coach Van Gundy’s 5-Point Philosophy:
3. Low turnovers
4. Play inside-out
5. Get the best shot
· There are only 4 stats that matter in winning:
1. Adjusted FG % (taking 3 point shooting into account)
2. FT’s made
4. Rebound %
· If you win those 4, you crush your opponent. You win 3, you win easily. You win 1 or 2… and it depends on the differential.
· Dead ball mistakes are unacceptable. They are 100% preventable.
· Praise unselfishness. “You have to give up a good shot to get a great shot.”
· Good teams have ELO communication: early, loud, and often (sometimes called ELC: early, loud, and constant).