Linked below is a fantastic 2-part Q&A with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. With how many good coaching nuggets Thibs dispenses, the transcript is practically a coaches clinic in its own right. Great stuff on Thibs’ “daily improvement” mantra, working with young players, communicating with your players, how players can develop their leadership skills and where the T-Wolves need to improve defensively. Definitely one of the better articles I’ve linked to lately. The Q&A is broken into two parts with my notes from the two sections appearing in the embedded PDF.
When something is not being executed well, you have to ask yourself, ‘Is it being taught properly? Am I asking them to do something they maybe are not capable of doing?’ Maybe it doesn’t fit this group. So you are always weighing that. But the first thing I ask is, ‘Are we doing it hard enough?’ And then, ‘Are we executing it properly?’ And if the answer is yes to those two things and it is not working, then it is time to change it. But if the answer is no we are not doing it hard enough or we are not executing it properly, then I want to stay with it so I can get the answer. That’s the way I usually approach things. The repetition is a big part of learning.