Later this week, I will share my notes that I used at the symposium but this morning, here are some great thoughts from Lawrence Frank on coaching your best player:
In the NBA, you must have a partnership with your best player:
- If your best player is not driven by competition and achievement, you are probably going to have a bad team.
- Best player must embody what you are about.
- We put signs up defining our culture, our belief system, and what we’re about.
- Your best player has to buy into your system; otherwise you’re going to get fired.
- Don’t necessarily need to like each other, but you must create mutual respect because you need each other.
If you’re having difficulty getting through to a player:
- Get other great players to talk to this player – they will listen to their peers.
- Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups are culture changers.
- Show them tape of what they are doing: compare this to what other top players are doing.
- Bring in outside resources e.g. motivational speakers.
If you have to work this hard to manage a player, then maybe he is no longer your best player:
- You can’t make players like you as a coach, sometimes you just have to appreciate guys for who they are.
- Rank players based on who is going to help you win games.
- If you are under-talented, you have to do something to be different.
- You can’t beat more talented teams by running the same stuff they do.