Linked below is a really good article on Shaka Smart. Great stuff in the Bleacher Report piece regarding Shaka’s evolution as a coach, the importance of being who you are as a coach, the need for adaptability, learning from losses, what convinced Eric Davis to honor his commitment to Texas when Rick Barnes was fired, and what Shaka learned about recruiting from Billy Donovan.
Smart learned from Keith Dambrot the importance of spending time with players. “It’s hard to tell people they’re not doing something well if you haven’t spent any time with them off the court and they know that you’re fighting for them,” Dambrot says. He made his coaches spend at least 10 minutes with their players after every practice.