Coaching to me is more of a fire then work. Some of these coaches are Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and John Calipari. As I said there are a number of coaches in the game of basketball that I admire, but these three trainers methods and styles stand out to me the most. These coaches, and me, treat coaching basketball for a passion rather than a job.
Gregg Popovich, the current head coach for the San Antonio Spurs, has been training for over 20 years and is one of the most experienced coaches in the NBA to this day. Popovich is notorious for recruiting young players to his team in hopes of earning his players play with poise and precision on the court. Popovich’s 5 distinct pillars of coaching are some thing that I model my training strategies on. These five pillars are belief in his group, battle management, involvement, focus and team building.
Steve Kerr, current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, knows a thing or two about leadership and winning. Kerr has also led the Golden State Warriors to 2 championships at the 2014-15 season and the 2016-17 season. Kerr’s style of training is based on letting his player take control of leading the team. He believes that his duty as coach is to prepare and guide them in training and when it comes game time, they need to be ready and ready as a way to help one another as staff undergo conflicts they may face, with as little help as possible from Kerr himself.
John Calipari, current head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team, has been training from 1988 and currently coaches till this day. Calipari is most famous for his years at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to numerous championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances. There are a lot of factors that lead to Calipari’s achievement as a coach but the one factor that stands out the most would be his team building philosophy. This philosophy is made up of recruiting the majority of the top prospects in the country to come to Kentucky to perform. Also, his ability to put trust in his freshman players by giving them leadership roles on the group allows them to be better leaders on and off the court. Calipari lets his players natural talent decide the role they’ll have on the group.