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I love the christmas break time right now, because it allows me time to think, reflect, and re-direct my basketball energy on new subjects like books and dvds. I had the chance to read a book by Lon Kruger and DJ Allen named: “The X’s and O’s of Success”.
I actually knew some of Coach Kruger’s assistant coaches from my days at Blinn College and had met him briefly while I was out recruiting on the road. He wouldn’t remember the meeting, but I remember that he went out of his way for a young assistant coach and didn’t “Big-Time” me at all unlike a lot of Division 1 coaches.
Coach Kruger came up with a unique formula for success and trys to bring out the very best for his basketball players and teams. He has done things with dignity and class that is not always associated with the sport’s world. He talks about his principles for taking over cultures seeking stability and direction and changing them into positive, productive environments. I felt that his book could be applied to the business and coaching world.
Coach Kruger has made it an “art” when it comes to rebuilding college basketball programs. He does a great job of weaving his own basketball coaching experiences into examples that show leadership and the ability to improve performance. He talks about coaching at Texas Pan-American as the head men’s basketball coach / athletic director at the age of 29, and elite eight appearance in his second year at Kansas State, a final four appearance and team record of 29 wins at University of Florida, a Big Ten title for Illinois, and a Sweet 16 appearance for the “Running Rebels” of UNLV. He also discusses his two and a half year coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and how they were fired mid-season. He doesn’t pull any punches in this book.
The chapters of the book cover 39 life lessons and how to apply leadership to any field of business or coaching. Each chapter is broken down into three parts: Pre-game, Game-time, and Post-Game. It is a very easy to read book that has life lessons that everyone can take something from. In lesson thirty, here is a quote that I love: “Remember, great leaders develop other great leaders”. It is simple, honest and true.
Here is an excerpt of the book:
“Lesson One: The Simplicity of Success
It’s simple. Success is a process, not an event.
That’s not always the most exciting thing to hear. We want to believe in quick fixes, silver bullets, catching magic in a bottle.
But if you take the time to analyze the large majority of successful people, organizations, companies or teams, you will find that their overall success is a byproduct of simply doing the right things on a daily basis.
That is the reality we face as leaders — the simplicity of success. So how do we address something that is so elementary? How do we affirm this message with our teams day in and day out?
Welcome to the challenge of being a leader.
The average college basketball fan would probably be surprised to learn how much our coaching staff focuses on working with players to develop them off the court, in addition to helping them improve on the court.
When these young men join our program, they are usually 18-, 19- or 20-years-old. Many of them are away from home for the first time.
Some arrive on the scene with a strong work ethic while some lack the concept of working hard. It is all relative to their background and surroundings. While you can learn a little something about the players during the recruiting process, there are just some things you can’t find out about people until you are around them everyday.
Our objective as a staff is to develop our program for long-term success.
This means having kids on our team who are emotionally, mentally and physically able to perform at their highest level possible in basketball as well as in the classroom and socially. We want to maximize the potential of each player in our program.
In order to do this, we must start with the basics. We talk to our kids about the simplicity of success. “Take care of what you have to take care of today,” we tell them. “If you do this day in and day out for your entire tenure with us, you will have success and we will have success as a team.”
It is teaching elementary principles, but it is what works.”
What others are saying about Coach Kruger and the book:
“Lon Kruger helps to set the bar for integrity in our profession. His history of success in college basketball is even more impressive when you realize he has repeatedly revitalized programs all while operating strictly within the rules. Lon is a coach’s coach. We all have something to learn from him.”
Head Coach, University of North Carolina
“Coach simply helps you be the best you can be – on and off the court. Players give their best because they know he cares.”
Former All-American for Kruger at Kansas State and six-time NBA All-Star
“Lon Kruger is an outstanding leader and a great teacher. He brings everything to the table, everything it takes to build a program. I encourage you to take the lessons from this book to heart. Lon knows what he is talking about.”
Member of Basketball Hall of Fame, ABC and ESPN
“Lon is a brilliant businessman, who just happens to coach basketball. While he is known for his humility, his desire to win and his competitive drive is second to none. That balance of sincere humility with unending competitiveness is a unique trait many of the world’s premier business leaders share.”
Steve and Elaine Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas
“Lon Kruger is one of the finest leaders of young men I have ever witnessed in nearly a quarter-century of covering college basketball for CBS. Moreover, he is a good man. It does not surprise me that he has been a proven winner time and time again. When you mix leadership with passion and integrity, you get Lon Kruger.”
“Very few coaches have been able to change cultures as quickly and successfully as Lon Kruger. He understands how to mold a group of individuals into one team with a common goal and has proven that time and time again. Lon has high standards for all those around him and he possesses a passion for winning, but not at any cost. That is arguably his strongest trait.”
Head Coach, Charlotte Bobcats
Only coach to win both an NCAA National Championship (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004)
“Lon Kruger understands business because he understands people. The business world missed out on an all-star when Lon went into coaching.”
Executive Chairman of the Board, Boyd Gaming Corporation
I personally loved the book and will reflect back to it alot in the coming years. It gives you things to think about and if you can take one or two things from the book then it would be worthwhile as a basketball coach. I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Go to Coach Kruger’s website to learn more about it.
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Sports have been an important part of our life from the dawn of mankind. Sports have developed into an utterly great deal from the Matador in Rome to Bullfighting in Texas today. Sports can be defined as any physical or mental exercise which brings about mental refreshment and/or physical fitness or both. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive according to the type. Competitive sports are the common one’s nowadays. Players compete against themselves as a team or as individuals. Popular sports of the globe is Football, Cricket as World Championships of both these takes place in every four years. However, Olympics are also a third kind which takes place simultaneously and are equally popular. Along with these several countries have their own unique agenda towards sports. People in Canada play Ice hockey and skiing is popular in Switzerland. These sports have been practiced in other countries as well because of the found required conditions for the sports. One of such regional and domestic sport is Basketball.
Basketball is commonly popular around countries like US and Japan and parts of Eastern Europe and Australia as well. Basketball consists of two teams with six players trying to put a ball into opponent’s basket. The players who practice basket are fairly taller than being found in any other type of sport. Basketball has gained so much popularity with its collegial sports like baseball and rugby football that people of those countries love to bet and predict the fixtures using a number of basketball software. Basketballs are played in two levels, Pro Basketball and College Basketball. Both are equally popular among fans and supporters and they love to predict on top expert pro basketball picks and on college basketball predictions. Numerous websites like Pdssports.com and bettingexpert.com offers sports handicapping service, sports handicapping sites, expert sports picks, sports betting systems, winning sports picks online for supporters over the internet. Expert pro basketball picks and college basketball picks are available at cheap and affordable packages on these sites which have been suitably given through enumerating a number of previous games databases and analysis. Basketball software or Handicapping Software are also available which provides the possible game predictions as well as power ratings, line efficiency ratings, consistency, offensive, defensive, performance and value ratings.
Sports betting systems and strategies are also given as relevant modules over these sites for the beginners. The sites provides near accurate analysis and intelligence about the future games to be played. Not only Basketball but also Baseball and American football predictions and picks are available in these sites at affordable rates for every pocket.
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A good basketball strategy for shooting a basketball relies in your form, you want to keep your non-shooting arm in the L formation. You can also spread your fingers in
your shooting hand in a web formation to prevent the basketball from moving around too much. For A good reason to spread your fingers when your shooting here is an test that
you can try:
1. Hold the basketball in one hand with your fingers spread placed on your fingertips, and then hold it with the basketball in your palm without holding the basketball on your fingertips.
Did you notice the difference? You have much more control over the basketball when you hold the basketball on your fingertips and spread them. Along with this, you want to follow
through until the basketball hits the rim. This increases accuracy and allows you to visualize the basketball going inside the hoop.
A great tactic is to shoot the basketball the same way each and every time that you pull up for a jump shot or catch and shoot. Master the motion of your shot and you will hit a very high percentage
if you can get your stroke down packed. When you watch a guy like Ray Allen or even Kobe Bryant, they shoot the same way almost every time, and they also have great form.
You also want to avoid shooting with two hands as much as possible in order to avoid a bad rotation on the ball that is not as accurate as shooting with one hand.
Your non-shooting hand is supposed to guide the basketball where you would like it to go, not interfere with your jump shot.
I hope this post helps you shoot the best you possibly can.
If you take action and try doing a few drills you can play like a pro and impress yourself, your friends, your family and everyone on the basketball court that your playing against. It can be a very difficult competing against ballers that are better then you but the tips on this blog can help give you the edge for success.
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