Linked below is one of the best coaching articles I’ve read in a while. Great job by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detailing Jeff Van Gundy’s return to the coaching ranks guiding Team USA through FIBA qualifying tournaments with a rag-tag bunch of fringe NBA guys. Van Gundy offers some great quotes about what he’s missed, staff organization, and competitive spirit. I appreciate Adam Cohen passing this article along.
“There are certain aspects that I miss of coaching. But you can’t just pick out the good parts. You’ve got to be all-in and understand there’s some negatives too. I like it and feel a responsibility, Man, I want this to be great for the players, and I want us to comport ourselves well and I want us to win. One thing you can’t recreate, the competition and camaraderie. No matter what you do, you’re not going to have that same feeling of a great win. To me, coming into the locker room for the first five minutes after a great win, with a staff you love, and a team you respected, there was nothing like that. That’s what you miss.”